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49cent_taco 01-13-05 04:16 PM

Help Please
 
I'm looking for a new video card. I can't really spend more than $150 so I'm pretty much limited to an FX 5700 256mb (not the LE, but the full 5700)

I've found quite a few for that price, but I can't find any info on core and memory speeds - not even at the card maker's site.

I know that the Gainward is clocked at 425/550. Are they all pretty much the same?

I can order a Sparkle FX 5700 256mb right now, but I don't want to order it without knowing the speeds.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

r2d2d3d4d5 01-13-05 04:59 PM

Re: Help Please
 
If you can get a 5700Ultra 128mb then you should probably get that instead.

Here's a review of Asusí version of that card.

The tech specs for it seem to be:
Core: 425MHz Mem: 2x250MHz

For an 5700U128 they are:
Core: 475MHz Mem: 2x475MHz

Daneel Olivaw 01-13-05 10:28 PM

Re: Help Please
 
is there no way for you to buy the msi 5900xt?
over here the 5700 256 mb and 5900xt are the same price, and a 5900 kills any 5700

Clay 01-13-05 10:47 PM

Re: Help Please
 
The clocks vary depending on LE, Ultra, etc. Here are some of our reviews on the 5700
and 5900 cards, the first page of these will have the clocks:

http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/bfg_ge...ra/index.shtml
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/galaxy...ra/index.shtml
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/chaint...ee/index.shtml
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/inno3d...ra/index.shtml
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/bfg_ge...ra/index.shtml

rewt 01-13-05 10:56 PM

Re: Help Please
 
Save up for a 6600 GT. It doesn't cost that much more, and you'll be far more happy with that card in the end.

Clay 01-13-05 11:01 PM

Re: Help Please
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rewt
Save up for a 6600 GT. It doesn't cost that much more, and you'll be far more happy with that card in the end.

I'd second that, unless you just really, really want a 5700. To each his own.

49cent_taco 01-14-05 09:13 AM

Re: Help Please
 
Thanks for all the replies guys. But I went to the dark side. I found a Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb in my price range.

Right now I have an FX 5200 :barf:

An easy-bake oven has more power than that thing.

Daneel Olivaw 01-14-05 06:43 PM

Re: Help Please
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 49cent_taco
Thanks for all the replies guys. But I went to the dark side. I found a Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb in my price range.

Right now I have an FX 5200 :barf:

An easy-bake oven has more power than that thing.

I must say, I just bought (for my GF) a PNY GF FX 5200 64bit 128MB ram for 50$ canadian (35US) and I just ran FarCry at 1024 all maxed out, PS1.4 VS2.0 on my P4 slowed down to 1.2GHz to compare to her system, and you know what, it ran fine!

as for you, a Sapphire 9800PRO? good choice imo

49cent_taco 01-14-05 07:27 PM

Re: Help Please
 
It's an OEM, that's how I got it so cheap.

BTW, this may be a dumb question.... what is PS1.4 VS2.0 ???

Daneel Olivaw 01-14-05 07:33 PM

Re: Help Please
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 49cent_taco
It's an OEM, that's how I got it so cheap.

BTW, this may be a dumb question.... what is PS1.4 VS2.0 ???

It means I disabled Pixel Shader version 2.0 in favor of Pixel Shader version 1.4 but kept Vertex Shader 2.0

At the expense of visual effects, this improves performance drastically on Geforce FX cards. I haven't seen any real difference in visual quality but people argue over that.

Clay 01-14-05 10:32 PM

Re: Help Please
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 49cent_taco
It's an OEM, that's how I got it so cheap.

BTW, this may be a dumb question.... what is PS1.4 VS2.0 ???

You can see some comparisons from one of my past reviews here:

http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/gainwa...locomp01.shtml
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/gainwa...locomp02.shtml

both come from this review...
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/gainwa...e/page_5.shtml


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