Originally Posted by anzak
Im sorry but most of this is total BS.
CS: Source is based off of the source engine which will power Half Life 2.
As you can see the Geforce 5950 got 26fps
in DX9 and the 9800XT got 67fps
. That is over twice as fast
! Yes, the FX series is crap
in DirectX 9.
As you can see here: http://www.ixbt.com/video2/over2k4-ut-1024.shtml both the GF3 Ti 200 and 500 are faster than the 5200 and the Ti 4200 easily beats the 5700le
If you can wait two months or so for the 6600GT and X700XT to be released do it. But it sounds to me like you need something now and in that case go with the Radeon 9800 pro.
It's also funny you say im bias to ATI when I own a Geforce 6800GT.
But the thing is, the only reason that nvidia is losing out frames in HL2 is because Valve is in bed with ATi. They refused to code HL2 properly to fully support the FX range in dx9 to make them seem worse than the ATi cards, which "are fully supported". The statement that kahloq is 100% true in every way, shape and form, it's just that using the HL2 engine as a guideline is a bad reference because of purposeful derogitory stance towards nvidia.