why would you want an alternative to nVidia

I've heard so many people say that ATI is for those that want an alternative to nVidia, but there's no logic in that statement.

Currently, nVidia makes the best cards; Some of their cheaper cards even outperform the fastest Radeon. So why would anyone purposely go out and buy a sub-par performance card?

I'll never understand it.

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  1. Well, It only took me about 5-10 minutes of browsing this form to find out why.... cause Nvidia is only better for games, gameboy (Trollboy?) .... high end Business Apps like Autocad run better on ATI chipstes from what I saw here.... don't know if it is true, but at least I read a little.

    Your sig says it all anyway......
  2. Subject: Re: why would you want an alternative to nVidia

    One reason:
    By now you've possibly noticed that there are some seemingly consistent compatibility issues with the GeForce 4 cards and the GA-7VRXP. So there are some people with that particular mobo who would like to have a card they can order without that sinking feeling in their gut they're about to be eatin' a big ol' frustration sandwich.

    Another reason:
    If there is a competitive alternative, that creates economic pressure that might lead to lower prices now and higher standards next time around.

    Another reason:
    Choosing between an peach and a . . . peach just doesn't feel as significant as choosing between a peach and an apple.

    The G4's seem like the best deal going to me, too, but it's not that tough to see why people might at least want to see what else there is out there. And a capitalist system kinda depends on economic vigor from a competitive market.

    Just my two cents.


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  3. No, it's not true, since in CAD, Quadro 4 has the upper hand (although I'll give it to ATI that their FireGL8800 beats Quadro 4 in most cases).

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  4. well, the reason i might buy an ati card is because (it looks like) my abit at7 mobo's dimm slot placement will prevent a LONG, HUGE, ti 4600 card from even fitting.
    if anyone knows which kt333 mobo's DON'T have this problem, please reply. thanks
    -ps i left a message on the board about this subject if you want to reply to it (please do).
    peace.
    :)

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  5. Arguably better image quality, clearly superior DVD features and quality, extreme anisotropic filtering performance (faster than Ti4600 in some cases) and cheaper.

    Can nVidia sell a better card for $99 US (64MB) or $159 (128MB)? I don't think so.

    :wink: <b><i>"A penny saved is a penny earned!"</i></b> :wink:
  6. Um no actually, not better image quality that GF4, and FYI, it really depends on the filter for GF3, I've seen some that'll kick an R8500's ass.

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  7. Here's some info for you:

    I don't even play pc games, just console games. I'm a web designer and image quality is important to me. Unfourtanetly, image quality is not that different on a 8500 or a 4200, or at least not different enough for anyone to easily notice. That's exactly why I'm anticipating the Parhelia.

    Another thing, calling me a troll was easily brushed off my shoulder, but when you joke my sig, you cross the line (j/j) Besides, I love my PIII-S 1.4

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  8. I have an Asus A7V333 with the KT333 chipset and my Ti4400 (which is the same size as the Ti4600) fits just fine.

    AMD Athlon XP 1900+, Asus A7V333, 512mb DDR RAM
    PNY Geforce4 Ti4400, Win2k
  9. simply put I live in canada I own a geforce 3 ti200 and a Radron 8500 ASUS made geforce 3 and ATI made RADEON the geforce 3 costs $300 the 8500 is $200 I get much higher benchmarkes with my ATI also Soldier of fortune 2 and ghost recon I get much better frame rates with my ATI also I run a XP 1800+ with my ATI and 1900+ with my geforce both 512 ddr rame and same mobo! even with a faster mobo the more expensive geforce 3 performs worse than my 8500.

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  10. What about giving nVidia a bit of competition to keep prices sensible? Or is that the type of common sense that should have been applied BEFORE you wrote such a brainless question?

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  11. More competition is always good. More choice and lower price. We do not monopoly in any market.
  12. Because graphics features like Trueform on the Radeon 8500 make GeForce graphics look like higher resulution versions of old Nintendo 64 stuff. Becaue the Radeon DV has a lot of kewl video features. Because you can get a Radeon 8500LE for $100, a retail for $130, and even the DV for only $200.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  13. Yes, I agree with most of the people. Competition is good for consumer, maybe Radeon is not the best for games but has other features that made it interesting for other applications, etc.

    But wait a little bit to see what ATI can offer us this summer. The new generation of graphic cards looks really good :-)

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  14. maybe I should of called this post: Why would gamers want an alternative to nVidia?

    Let's be serious here; If I'm a hardcore gamer and I want the best performing card, I'm going to get the GF4.

    I do believe that there are special occasions: Knowing that the 8500 offers better image quality, if that was something that was very important to me, then I'd get the 8500. But like I said that's a *special occassion and most people have game performance on the mind.

    And just so you know that I'm not an nVidiot. I've got an old ATI Xpert 2000. I bought a GF4 TI4400 just to benchmark it, then I returned it a few hours later.

    I'm looking at this from a standpoint of pure logic, not brand loyaltism. Personally, I don't care what brand it is, I just want the better performer.

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  15. "performance" is in the eye of the beholder.

    Some people want acceptable framerates with high quality video output.

    Some people enjoy the extra features offered in a card.

    Some people enjoy different driver options.

    Performance is still a subjective thing when there are aspects to it beyond simple numbers. Sure, the TI4600 is great and gives some nice framerates, but the TI4200 is darn close to the 8500 at times, and there are other reasons people might like an 8500 over a TI4200.

    Why would people want an alternitive? Because they want to be able to get a good product for a good price, and that's hard to do with no "alternitives".

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  16. I'm sorry, but that is the worst ripoff ever! $300 for a Ti200?? WTF were u on when u bought that? Plus, GF3ti200 wasn't made to go againt R8500- R8500 was aimed at Ti500.

    My frog asked me for a straw...dunno what happened he's all over the place :eek:
  17. There are lots of opinions and I think ATi and nvidia both can come pretty close when it comes to the gaming market. Not in terms of sales, but in terms of enthusiasts because everyone knows that nvidia dominates the rest of the market for the most part.

    Why nvidia and not ATi?

    -extreme performance, but this is really only offered by two cards, the ti4400 and the ti4600 the two most expensive 3d gaming cards out there right now
    -name brand, or you've bought nvidia before
    -decent drivers, a hell of a lot better than ATi's early driver releases
    -speed, speed, speed - again, some people may just be tired of crap framerates or may believe that speed=quality
    -name brand again, most gamers you ask on message boards will say that nvidia is good and ATi is crap (those bad early driver releases can really ruin your reputation)

    Why would you want ATi?
    -better anisotropic filtering and truform
    -better image quality in games when both FSAA and anisotropic filtering are turned on. As opposed to quincunx which may be 15% faster but blurs the image
    -better DVD
    -they want to support the competition and are sick of the computer industry being dominated by companies whom the governments cannot regulate (hehe thats me)-Taiwan has no antitrust or anti-monopoly laws that I know of and if they do they're pure bull probably (Taiwan has a lot of political corruption) and the U.S. doesn't want to hurt its economy (especially with unemployment @ 5.8%)
    -if you want an all in one multimedia package (all in wonder cards) or if you want to overclock your card currently the 8500 does pretty good meaning better cost/performance ratio if your OC succeeds

    I would say they're pretty much the same although some may be avid nvidia or ati supporters. But nvidia does rule in speed, I would agree.

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  18. he lives in canada...gf3 cards are grossly overpriced up there...
    anywhoo...the gf4 is nothing more than a really fast gf3...and beside...the R8500 wasnt made to compete with the gf4 (the ti4200 is probably an exception)....ati wont have a card to compete with the gf4 line of cards because they are skipping this line of cards entirely and they're working on a card (R300) thats supposed to compete with nvidia's next gen. card (gf5?)...
    anyways...i wouldnt want to buy a gf4 ti4600 (unless i had a lot of money to burn) so i can get 300+ fps on quake3...
    as long as a card can maintain at least 50 fps on any setting ...then that card would be good enough for me.


    :eek: <b>Who fixed <font color=red>ATI</font color=red>'s leaky faucet??</b> :eek:

    EDIT: grammer correction...i really need to proof read.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by pr497 on 06/12/02 01:08 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  19. Let's clear a few things up.

    nVidia makes a better product hands down point blank period.

    G4Ti4200 w/64MB is about $160 and it runs with the big dawg (Ti4600) in benchmarks. Check out GamePC's review of the Ti4200 w/128MB and you will see the 4200 running way to close to 4600.

    With that said ATI makes a good product that is extremely affordable and comes with way more options then nVidia.

    For professional apps ELSA used to run things but they went belly up and if you are going to run things that need serious OpenGL you are either going Creative (for the WildCATs if you have that kind of dough) or nVidia for the Quadro4 750 which is the same price as ATI's Fire GL 8800. But it just so happens the 750 owns the 8800 and that is why they are hard to get your hands on. Also there is the Quadro4 900 which is just mindblowing but cost twice as much as the 750 or the 8800. But the latest word is that ATI is making a comeback with something after the 8800; and whatever it is, it's supposed to make the Q4 900 look like Vlade taking on SHAQ, esp. in the new Wildfire version of PRO-E that hits in Sept. We'll have to wait and see.

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    ...and whatever it is, it's supposed to make the Q4 900 look like Vlade taking on SHAQ...

    vlade is a flop and a dumba$$...
    nuff said.

    :eek: <b>Who fixed <font color=red>ATI</font color=red>'s leaky faucet??</b> :eek:
  21. What, you wanna know the real reason? Okay, the real reason is everyone has some form and quantity of bias, its impossible not to. So, some people will always dislike nvidia, and some people will always dislike ATI. I don't give a flyin fart. More competition = better graphics cards faster and better support from everyone (New Nvidia drivers released today, YAY!, i'm serious, they're posted on nvidia's site) so everyone should go home happy at the end of the day.

    Some companies will always do individual things better than others which means there's always advantages and disadvantages to each graphics card and a person's choice should relect what they want out of their graphics card. Some people still buy Matrox G450's for a damn good reason.

    My personal experience was i bought a Radeon 64 cause it was less expensive and advertised as having the same basic features as the GF 2 Ultra. I got burned, the Radeon 64 was a piece of @$$ and i hated it radically, this was my first non 3dfx 3d card btw. So, i exchanged it for a GF2 Ultra and paid the big money. Been happy ever since, never had someting not work with nvidia, never been burned or dissatisfied and love their support (frequent driver updates). So me personally, i'm a Nvidia guy. But for someone who's first card is an 8500 retail, I imagine they'll like ATI just fine as a company.

    Thanks for starting another flamewar newb.

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  22. I agree! He should have won the Oscar not Halle.

    HULK SMASH!!!
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    ...the gf4 is nothing more than a really fast gf3...and beside...the R8500 wasnt made to compete with the gf4 (the ti4200 is probably an exception)....


    You're right! The R8500 was made to compete against the gf3, but it barely does a good job at doing it. In most cases it ties the GF3. I thought that in true competition, you're supposed to beat the competitor, not try to tie them; am I right?

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    ati wont have a card to compete with the gf4 line of cards because they are skipping this line of cards entirely and they're working on a card (R300)


    I won't lie to you, I'm excited about the R300, but won't it be a shame if they still can't beat nVidia and their next-gen card. All that work for nothing...

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  24. Sure TruForm looks great on the older games, but it seems to be a technology that is being passed up on the newer games? As I have read <A HREF="http://www.beyond3d.com/interviews/carmackdoom3/" target="_new">here</A> TruForm cannot be used with the new Doom III engine.

    As for the superior DVD performance, I really see no point in having hardware functions for DVDs anymore given the power of modern processors like the P4 and Athlon XPs. Does the Radeon offer that much better quality? I've watched movies on a Radeon card before with a Sony monitor along with movies on a GF3, I have never noticed much of a difference. Please enlighten? ;)
  25. Maybe it is the best right now for games-I kind of like trueform on the games it works with, and most newer games will continue to increase support for trueform. Sometimes quality is more important than speed, I can't see 200 FPS, so maybe for me the Radeon 8500 is the best card in games.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  26. Pure logic says that if my monitor refresh rate is 75Hz, getting more than 75 FPS isn't going to do anything for my gaming experience. Adding realistic contours to the faces of the people I engage will.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  27. ATI's R300 is going 2 beat the crap out of nvidia... it's only a matter of time until ATI takes the 1st place on "Hall Of Fame". But on the other hand, i have 2 say to AMD, you've dissapointed all of us fans out there.
  28. Okay, i don't have much against ATI as a company but blind fanboydom is crazy. nVidia will also be releasing a new gen card, so keep your pants on. We'll see what happens when they're both out.

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  29. New benchmarks of a 128 mb radeon running the catalyst drivers show otherwise (at hardocp). Its about equal in 3d mark 2001se and quake 3. The radeon is 17.5% faster than the ti 4200 in serious sam 2 at 1280*1024 (extreme quality)and 20% faster at 1600*1200. In jedi knight 2 the radeon is 14.5% faster at 1280*1024 and by a massive 27% faster than the ti 4200 at 1600*1200. A quick look at pricewatch show that both cards are selling for around the same price give a take a few dollars the 128 le sells for cheaper than either card and performance is very similar to the 128 mb version.
  30. LOL, please be careful who's benchmark results you poll. The benchmarks I have found prove otherwise: <A HREF="http://tech-report.com/reviews/2002q2/ati-catalyst/index.x?pg=3" target="_new">http://tech-report.com/reviews/2002q2/ati-catalyst/index.x?pg=3</A>
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    ATI's R300 is going 2 beat the crap out of nvidia... it's only a matter of time until ATI takes the 1st place on "Hall Of Fame". But on the other hand, i have 2 say to AMD, you've dissapointed all of us fans out there.

    Careful son, you want to make a company is paying you first before you go off spouting their rhetoric ;) While message boards are a great place to voice your opinion, please at least try to back it up with a bit of fact?
  32. HardOCP used an 8500, Tech Report used an 8500LE.

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  33. Ahhh...good point, I didn't notice that, my bad. But if that is the case, then we have a video card from ATi with faster specs in both the GPU and memory barely performing better than the slower hardware of the nVidia chip. And by barely, I mean, around 3% on the 3DMark2001 at 16x12. The ATi scoring better on JK2 is very nice though, but the new drivers haven't changed that. So while I'm not ripping on the 8500 or anything, in fact it's a great deal right now for the price, I just don't see what all the hoopla is about with this release.

    PS: Awesome signature LOL I don't understand why, but I find it hilarious. And BTW, I'm finally not labeled a newbie anymore!!!
    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by UoMDeacon on 06/13/02 02:16 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  34. Clock speed isn't everything, remember. The higher clocked memory obviously is better, since it's the same architecture. But the GPUs are very different, you can't compare them clock for clock. The GeForce 4 is one generation later than the 8500.

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  35. Heh, I crack up every time i see FatBurger's current sig too.

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  36. it is cool, but I don't think it's fair because I get harassed and called names for my sig. But I'm too lazy to change it...

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  37. Why would people give you crap about your sig?

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  38. We weren't talking about your sig....we were talking about fatburger's sig, NARF!

    People give you crap about your sig because of the bloody flamewar thread you started with that sig. Get it?

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  39. NARF, i did know you were talking about Fatburger's sig. That's why a *COMMA* was used after, "it is cool." You took English in high school, right?

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  40. And please englighten us as to wheer u have this info u [-peep-] troll.

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  41. sorry but i am not agreed.

    the R8500 is almost as efficient as the geforce4. (difference about 5 percents)
  42. i am not agreed.
    the R8500 has not been created to compet the gf3 but the gf4. (the difference of the performances between both card is around 5 percents most)
  43. I don't understand why people will quickly jump in and bash ATI? They're only getting better! Just look at the Catalyst drivers.

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  44. sorry i think also the image quality is better for the ati graphics card and moreover the R8500DV has also the best tv-tuner as the better video capturing (as for the hardware mpeg2 compression) in that kind of graphics cards at same cost.
    plus the DVD restitution is also impressive (thanks also to the good hardware mpeg2 decompression).
    as to the ati gpu, it is the most complicate but also the most complete and the most accurate for now.
  45. no, gf4, or even gf3 w/ excellent filter is as good as ati in image quality, even better.

    My frog asked me for a straw...dunno what happened he's all over the place :eek:
  46. As for any technical stuff about its gpu- I don't care about that, as I care what it does in real life.

    My frog asked me for a straw...dunno what happened he's all over the place :eek:
  47. i didn't bash it, it is the reverse!
    i said R8500 is a competitor of the gf4 but not the gf3.
    furthermore i said the performances difference is almost negligible.
  48. well, as you want.
  49. agreed. you stole my words :)
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