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VGA Charts III

Introducing - Fbucks! Continued

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
CardSummaryPrice ($)*Fbucks
GF FX 5950 U959.74092.35
GF FX 5900 U9443452.74
GF FX 5900891.42353.79
GF FX 5900 XT870.62134.09
GF FX 5800 U921.82783.32
GF FX 5800833.31934.32
GF FX 5700 U799.21694.73
GF FX 5700673.51544.37
GF FX 5600 U (FC)660.51693.91
GF FX 5600 U603.51693.57
GF FX 5600553.71095.08
GF FX 5200 U519.6995.25
GF FX 5200408.7527.86
GF4 Ti 4600-8x708.91724.12
GF4 Ti 4600706.91405.05
GF4 Ti 4400660.61205.51
GF4 Ti 4200-8x622.71006.23
GF4 Ti 4200 128589.61005.9
GF4 Ti 4200 64598.9946.37
GF4 MX 460399755.32
GF4 MX 440-8x389.6439.06
GF4 MX 440341.6369.49
R 9800 XT962.54252.26
R 9800 Pro 256936.13662.56
R 9800 Pro9382753.41
R 9800885.62253.94
R 9800 SE703.91714.12
R 9700 Pro890.32303.87
R 9700821.41934.26
R 9600 XT722.91574.6
R 9600 Pro678.81434.75
R 96004991094.58
R 9600 SE332.4893.74
R 9500 Pro713.21903.75
R 9500 128563.11493.78
R 9500 64528.81433.7
R 9200 128397.3567.09
R 9200 64396.9439.23
R 9000 Pro451.9558.22
R 8500 128493.2529.48
R 8500 64506.2816.25
XGI V8 Duo516.3na
XGI V5 Ultra295.7na
XGI V3113.1na
S3 S8 256421.3na
Parhelia 128315.63350.94
Enhanced Image Quality - Prices from December 2003
1024x768-32SummaryPrice ($)Fbucks
GF FX 5950 U144.54090.35
GF FX 5900 U138.83450.4
GF FX 5900123.32350.52
GF FX 5900 XT119.72130.56
GF FX 5800 U136.92780.49
GF FX 5800112.11930.58
GF FX 5700 U109.21690.65
GF FX 570087.91540.57
GF FX 5600 U (FC)881690.52
GF FX 5600 U80.91690.48
GF FX 560071.51090.66
GF FX 5200 U59.2990.6
GF FX 520042.2520.81
GF4 Ti 4600-8x70.51720.41
GF4 Ti 460070.51400.5
GF4 Ti 4400641200.53
GF4 Ti 4200-8x58.41000.58
GF4 Ti 4200 12854.81000.55
GF4 Ti 4200 6439.1940.42
R 9800 XT214.44250.5
R 9800 Pro 256200.93660.55
R 9800 Pro198.52750.72
R 9800175.42250.78
R 9800 SE110.11710.64
R 9700 Pro177.32300.77
R 9700158.81930.82
R 9600 XT121.31570.77
R 9600 Pro111.11430.78
R 960075.81090.7
R 9600 SE48.3890.54
R 9500 Pro121.21900.64
R 9500 12883.31490.56
R 9500 6470.61430.49

*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.