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August 2, 2004 11:00:59 AM

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a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2004 6:32:02 PM

Just a few items of interest.

I think you should add the <b>X300</b> and <b>X600</b>, along with the <b>R9250</b>, and of course add the <b>PCX</b> series. Just this past Thursday I was using an X300 in an HP box at FutureShop on an new 23" HP 1920x1200 LCD, nice capable card, funny thing was I couldn't see the driver version because in the place where the driver version is listed it simply said HewlettPakard, so it's obviously a version of the (likely older) Catalysts. Anywhoo those cards are now out there, so adding them would be a good idea. If you need reviews of these cards let me know.

<font color=blue>"GeForce 6800

Pros- DX9.0c support, Pixel Shader 3.0 support, very fast at high resolutions, very good AA and good AF performance, Hardware MPEG Encoding (needs software support)
Cons- None"</font color=blue>

Actually the AA/AF is <b>Terrible</b> oftenbeing beaten by the R9800XT (only in this area). The GF6800 is a better card 80+% of the time, but turning on AA/AF drops it below the R9800XT in many cases (which has better quality). So if you were to mention anything about AA/AF I'd say the quality appears better than last generation of FXs, but the performance hit is considerable, and can drop the performance below some last generation card.
I'd also mention that the price it's found at right now, you get a tremendous boost from moving to the GT for little money.

Also, are you going to add the GF6800LE?

<font color=blue>"Radeon X800 Pro

Pros- DX9 support, very fast at high resolutions, good AA and very good AF performance
Cons- Expensive, not as fast as GeForce 6800GT"</font color=blue>

I wouldn't go THAT far. If you've got the FX5700U as a recommended card and not a card to avoid with all it's drawbacks and it's competition, then the X800PRo isn't a card to avoid either, just not as great in all other apps. BTW it will beat the GT in a <b>few</b> apps (~75/25 split). Also you don't mention that many can be moded to XT levels (as SpeedUK did her in the forum).

Just my Two Frames on the matter.

Good Job as always!

PS; you may want to make those 3D chips lists clickable, and maybe add the one I contribute to; <A HREF="" target="_new">;/A> , btw they also have a mobile chip guide and workstation chip guide, which might be a good idea to include as a footnote to your guide ;

Mobile Chips;
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Workstation Chips;
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a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2004 5:15:22 AM

True, but it did surprise the heck out of me to see the X300.

So there are likely some out there, and even those buying Dells may have little idea, and may look here for info.

Just a thought, since I saw one in stores I thought, well people may be asking soon.

BTW, <A HREF="" target="_new">here's a link to the one @ FS</A>.

<A HREF="" target="_new">They also have a PCX 5300 in this generic brand</A>.

And the Dell 8xxx and XPS series also have them.

Oh well, just a suggestion.


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