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S.I.N
10-19-03, 12:01 AM
anyone see the point of mr waiting for ATI or NV next big 2004? I am not the type to buy a card for above $400 and I have noticed lately all the top cards are now coming in at $500 and slowly dropping.....real slow. I thought for sure the 5950 which I was going to get instead of the 5900 was going to be $400 now I see its $500. At that price I dont even think it will drive down any prices but the Ultra by about $30.

I ask this because I was going to upgrade but held off by those that say wait, but really is there a point anymore for people like me who will never pick up or cant afford these cards costing so much? I know the new releases dropps prices but is it really worth waiting 6 months to save $40-$60 while you slowly spend off the money you saved on candy and cakes?:confused:


Thanks for your input. :)

Ady
10-19-03, 12:39 AM
mmmm..... candy & cakes... :drooling:

There will always be a next thing to wait for, you can keep on waiting for ever, or you could go out now and buy a great card and enjoy it.

-=DVS=-
10-19-03, 01:04 AM
Not worth getting 500$ or 400$ card at all next year we will have R420 and NV40 to complain about :lol: its only four months of waiting or so...

I was smart enough to get Radeon 9700Pro when it was released, so old and still kicking hard :drooling:

B&R
10-19-03, 03:20 AM
Save it..if not then buy cards that are NU or NP's. They are mostly cheap and moddable to the resp. Ultra or Pro levels.

Ady
10-19-03, 03:37 AM
What are the chances of good price wars when the XGi and S3 cards are released? The latest ATi & NV offerings will be getting a little 'old' by then too.

MUYA
10-19-03, 04:16 AM
Originally posted by -=DVS=-
Not worth getting 500$ or 400$ card at all next year we will have R420 and NV40 to complain about :lol: its only four months of waiting or so...

I was smart enough to get Radeon 9700Pro when it was released, so old and still kicking hard :drooling:

Me too but I am gettinga lil weary that 9600pro's and 9600XT's performances are nearing the r300 though. It has been said they have better VS units etc and plus with a huge clock advantage to compensate for the lack of the extra 4 pixel pipelines on the 9600pro/xt....its that time to start think about saving for the next gen cards! I wanna nv4x or r4XX! ;)


MUYA

TheTaz
10-19-03, 09:51 AM
For $500, the damn card better blow me...




























Away! :D

Taz

ChrisRay
10-19-03, 10:38 AM
Originally posted by TheTaz
For $500, the damn card better blow me...




























Away! :D

Taz


Sounds to me like you neeed an FX 5800 Ultra

scott123
10-19-03, 11:36 AM
I used to always like to pick up the latest and greatest when it first comes out, but I think the 5900 Ultra will mark the end of that way of doing things. At $500 a pop for the latest video card, things are getting crazy. The latest 9800XT is over at newegg for $590!!

From now on, I'm waiting to see the price drop to more sane levels, then make the purchase, and is some cases, I will skip a product cycle all together (like the latest from ATI and Nvidia).

Scott

TheTaz
10-19-03, 11:58 AM
Originally posted by ChrisRay
Sounds to me like you neeed an FX 5800 Ultra

LOL, good one!

Seriously though... for $500 I expect at least 60FPS average in ALL games, and all games for the next year, @ 1024x768 with 4xAA and 8xAF... and hold above 30FPS for the games the year after. (With a midrange CPU).

So far, none of them in that price range can do that (Some games already give less than 60FPS average on $500 cards)... have to wait for another "lull" in the game market (IE many devs using Doom III, HL-2, Unreal 2+, latest Gamebyro, latest lithtech, and other engines), and for a graphics card that can do that. Until then... I'll only buy mid-range cards.

Taz

GlowStick
10-19-03, 04:39 PM
I feel that 400 and 500 is alot of money to pay for a card if you dont play games much. But i do play games, i love playing em, so i really dont think twice about buying video cards because they are a nesisity!

Rogozhin
10-19-03, 05:16 PM
If you're a tweaker you pick up a $240 non pro version of a card (or nonU) and flash it, volt mod it, and OC it up to and above pro or xt speeds.

My sapphire 9800non pro runs 445/401 with no extra cooling (stable with a touch of snow in mother nature and debev) all day long ;)

Can't beat the performance of a $500 card for $240 :)

rogo

Edge
10-19-03, 05:21 PM
I usually draw the line at $200 for a video card (though I've never actually bought one for over $100). When you can get a new console with a bunch of games for the price of a new video card, I just can't justify it. Oh sure, it would be nice having one of those fancy $400+ cards, but is being able to use AA/Aniso in every game REALLY worth an extra $300?

GlowStick
10-19-03, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by Edge
I usually draw the line at $200 for a video card (though I've never actually bought one for over $100). When you can get a new console with a bunch of games for the price of a new video card, I just can't justify it. Oh sure, it would be nice having one of those fancy $400+ cards, but is being able to use AA/Aniso in every game REALLY worth an extra $300? Oh god yes.

Geforce4ti4200
10-19-03, 09:05 PM
Originally posted by Edge
I usually draw the line at $200 for a video card (though I've never actually bought one for over $100). When you can get a new console with a bunch of games for the price of a new video card, I just can't justify it. Oh sure, it would be nice having one of those fancy $400+ cards, but is being able to use AA/Aniso in every game REALLY worth an extra $300?


agreed, I only once paid over $100 for a card and it was teh ti4600 I soon resold since it wasnt worth it over a ti4200 anyway. I am waiting till 2007 to grab a $99 9800 :)

serAph
10-20-03, 11:09 AM
its all about AA and AF baby