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VGA Charts III
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The resulting ranking in our Fbucks! tables is interesting indeed. We see that the Radeon 9600 Pro/XT and the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra based boards offer very good value for money. When image quality settings are raised, the Radeon 9600 XT is an easy recommendation. Not surprisingly, the enthusiast models don't cut such a good figure owing to their high price - at least in the standard tests. In the quality tests, on the other hand, the Radeon 9800 (non-Pro) looks very attractive indeed. NVIDIA's top models, meanwhile, have no such luck, due to their comparatively low scores. With the newly introduced GFX 5900 XT (alias SE), NVIDIA is picking up where it left off with the GF4 Ti 4200 - a lower-cost card with all the features enabled, but running at a lower clockspeed. Since it is only slightly less expensive than the "full" FX 5900 (non-Ultra), this card has a hard time grabbing a higher rank in the Fbucks! chart.

Standard Image Quality - Prices from December 2003
Card Summary Price ($)* Fbucks
GF FX 5950 U 959.7 409 2.35
GF FX 5900 U 944 345 2.74
GF FX 5900 891.4 235 3.79
GF FX 5900 XT 870.6 213 4.09
GF FX 5800 U 921.8 278 3.32
GF FX 5800 833.3 193 4.32
GF FX 5700 U 799.2 169 4.73
GF FX 5700 673.5 154 4.37
GF FX 5600 U (FC) 660.5 169 3.91
GF FX 5600 U 603.5 169 3.57
GF FX 5600 553.7 109 5.08
GF FX 5200 U 519.6 99 5.25
GF FX 5200 408.7 52 7.86
GF4 Ti 4600-8x 708.9 172 4.12
GF4 Ti 4600 706.9 140 5.05
GF4 Ti 4400 660.6 120 5.51
GF4 Ti 4200-8x 622.7 100 6.23
GF4 Ti 4200 128 589.6 100 5.9
GF4 Ti 4200 64 598.9 94 6.37
GF4 MX 460 399 75 5.32
GF4 MX 440-8x 389.6 43 9.06
GF4 MX 440 341.6 36 9.49
R 9800 XT 962.5 425 2.26
R 9800 Pro 256 936.1 366 2.56
R 9800 Pro 938 275 3.41
R 9800 885.6 225 3.94
R 9800 SE 703.9 171 4.12
R 9700 Pro 890.3 230 3.87
R 9700 821.4 193 4.26
R 9600 XT 722.9 157 4.6
R 9600 Pro 678.8 143 4.75
R 9600 499 109 4.58
R 9600 SE 332.4 89 3.74
R 9500 Pro 713.2 190 3.75
R 9500 128 563.1 149 3.78
R 9500 64 528.8 143 3.7
R 9200 128 397.3 56 7.09
R 9200 64 396.9 43 9.23
R 9000 Pro 451.9 55 8.22
R 8500 128 493.2 52 9.48
R 8500 64 506.2 81 6.25
XGI V8 Duo 516.3 na
XGI V5 Ultra 295.7 na
XGI V3 113.1 na
S3 S8 256 421.3 na
Parhelia 128 315.6 335 0.94
Enhanced Image Quality - Prices from December 2003
1024x768-32 Summary Price ($) Fbucks
GF FX 5950 U 144.5 409 0.35
GF FX 5900 U 138.8 345 0.4
GF FX 5900 123.3 235 0.52
GF FX 5900 XT 119.7 213 0.56
GF FX 5800 U 136.9 278 0.49
GF FX 5800 112.1 193 0.58
GF FX 5700 U 109.2 169 0.65
GF FX 5700 87.9 154 0.57
GF FX 5600 U (FC) 88 169 0.52
GF FX 5600 U 80.9 169 0.48
GF FX 5600 71.5 109 0.66
GF FX 5200 U 59.2 99 0.6
GF FX 5200 42.2 52 0.81
GF4 Ti 4600-8x 70.5 172 0.41
GF4 Ti 4600 70.5 140 0.5
GF4 Ti 4400 64 120 0.53
GF4 Ti 4200-8x 58.4 100 0.58
GF4 Ti 4200 128 54.8 100 0.55
GF4 Ti 4200 64 39.1 94 0.42
R 9800 XT 214.4 425 0.5
R 9800 Pro 256 200.9 366 0.55
R 9800 Pro 198.5 275 0.72
R 9800 175.4 225 0.78
R 9800 SE 110.1 171 0.64
R 9700 Pro 177.3 230 0.77
R 9700 158.8 193 0.82
R 9600 XT 121.3 157 0.77
R 9600 Pro 111.1 143 0.78
R 9600 75.8 109 0.7
R 9600 SE 48.3 89 0.54
R 9500 Pro 121.2 190 0.64
R 9500 128 83.3 149 0.56
R 9500 64 70.6 143 0.49
*Prices from 12/2003 - determined using BizRate.

Update 01/05/2004: The prices we found for the GeForce 4 Ti 4600 and 4200 card models were not correct. This was caused by mislabbeled offering we've overseen in our price search. We apologize for the confusion this caused. The numbers of the card models are revised now.

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