I really need to get a _good_ video card for my new 19" monitor. I want the best 2d quality outside of a Matrox card. I will be running at 1280x1024 or higher, and do not like blurry or fuzzy text! My choices are the Leadtek GF3 or a retail Radeon 8500. I am skeptical about the Radeon becuase of ATI's track record with their drivers. I am also leary of the Leadtek becuase I have heard the GF3's dont have the best 2d image quality. I need your wisdom!!
I read somewhere, that one of the GF3 cards is supposed to have better filtters and hence image quality comparable to Matrox cards. I think it was one of the WinFast line from ?, but I can't remember where I read it, so I can't check.
Now at NVnews (nvidiot) site a number of owners of the LeadTek GF3 Winfast TI-500 says that the quality of the 2d will vary, and that LeadTek sent FiringSquad a good sample. I don't know myself.
The ATI 8500 has the same or slightly better 2d quality of the Radeons which is excellent for clarity and color. I myself am weary of a Nvidia 2d quality due to having a MX400 in wich the 2d clarity is poor at higher resolutions and the color is just plain out and out faded compared to my Radeon. Plus I have a friend who has a GF2 in which its 2d is just plain out and out terrible. Just remember these are the older cards of Nvidia and doesn't represent the new Titanium series.