I play only real time strategy games. never play fps games. I want to play AOE 3 with high quality picture and fair fps( I am always happy with 30 fps) . I also want good dvd playback. so which card is for me
As Cleeve said, the 6800 will let you use OpenEXR; although performance is not great with this card on Age of Empires3. A 7800 GT or X1800 XL would be a better card for this game, but if you're on AGP try the 6800 Cleeve recommended.
A good old x1300 or x1300 pro should do the trick. They have pixelshader 3.0 and the quality is great. Since you are not going to play really demanding fps shooters, and if you have a good enough processor and ram, i bet you can play age of empires 3 with max settings in 1024 768 and somewhat max settings in 1280x1024 over 30 fps. Plus ati cards avivo, which is good for dvd playing and stuff (you wanted to watch dvds right)
And it is cheaper then all of those cards you have listed. if you have an agp mobo, they are as low as 98, pci e is 82 dollars. You can save the extra money on aoe3 expansion pack (they always have extensions) or some other strategy game. I bought Battle for middle earth 2, collectors edition for 60 dollars, and i think it worths every penny?
ATI is the graphics card company who came up with the radeon technolgy (and its name) Sapphire is atis "partner," they use the same radeon technology, but they use their own silicon. There is no difference gpu wise, so the graphics quality is about the same. Only difference is the brand, thus the customer service, and the programs and games, if any, bundled with the card.
Unless your getting an X1800GTO or XL, I wouldnt touch the 1300 or 1600's. Compared to their Nvidia counterparts they are overpriced and underpreforming. Most of ATI's midranged (this being the X600, 700, 1300 and 1600
If its AGP you want. 6800GS all the way.
If its PCI-E, and you have some $$$....prices for the X18 series are
dropping sharply and the 7900GT is looking very sweet.
dude you are so wrong this is even more demanding than my fps games(FEAR,hl2,farcry). i can only play this game with 1024x768 max thats with my 6800(12p,6v) 366/810 clocks. plus the game has horrible mouse lag that pisses me off to much to play it.