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Old 4th August 2002, 14:25   #1
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Three months ago my second hand R8500 broke down after 1 hour of use, and I'm getting sick of waiting for my warranty.

So, I want to by a CHEAP 3D card which can replace my ol' GF1 DDR for the time being.

Budget: +- 200, but less == better

Which one to choose?
R8500LE => 115 (+17), good product, POWERCOLOR (has some good ATI products) and extremely low price.
Ti4200 Leadtek 64Mb TV-out/DVI => 163 (+17), good brand & low price
Ti4200 PNY 64Mb TV-out/DVI => 170 (+17), lifetime warranty, pretty PCB and mem heatsinks
Or should I wait a bit longer?

Is 50 extra worth getting a Ti4200 instead of a R8500LE...?

Is anyone going to order @ funcomputer.de the next few days?
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Hold on to your horses
the Launch of ATI's new products will force a price drop on all the current GF4/ATI vidcards

I will go for a nVidia card though
drivers probs extreme with R8500
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Urge... to... buy... rising... must... resist.

You think the GF4 Ti4200 will drop in price after the release of the 9700? The 9500 is supposed to be ATI's alternative to the 4200, but that won't be available in Belgium for months. :'(

My brother has had an ATI "build by ati" and an ATI "build by HIS", he had only driver probs with the latter. Which brand is your R8500? Powercolor is supposed to be a reasonable good brand (outperforms the "build by ati" cards significantly).
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What about the Gainward Geforce 4 Ti4200 Golden sample?
 
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Far too expensive!

The 64Mb model is crap (no DVI, bad mem) & expensive (185) and the 128Mb "Golden Sample" is priced like a Ti4400! (270, I can get a Asus Ti4400DT for that!).
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yes the prices will drop
just because ATI doesn't get the card here in B, doesn't mean you can't shop in Germany
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indeed, funcomputer got the R 9000 in their pricelist.

I would go for the Ti 4200, good to OC
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Yes, but the 9700 will force Nvidia to drop the price of the 4600/4400, but not the 4200 since it's a totally different market (600 vs. sub 200...).

Some-one wants to give 50 for my GF1 DDR + crystal orb, but he wants it now.

So taken that into consideration, i think it's not a bad moment (for me) to buy a card...


BTW, what happend to the GF3 Ti200 which was supposed to be in the give-away? Is it completely broken?
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indeed, funcomputer got the R 9000 in their pricelist.

I would go for the Ti 4200, good to OC
Yup, unfortunatly it's utter crap: priced way above a R8500 and performs worse... :^/

Has anyone seen a GF4 Ti4200 128Mb for less than 200?
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BTW, what happend to the GF3 Ti200 which was supposed to be in the give-away? Is it completely broken?
it is fixable, some leet soldering job can fix that card

why u ask?
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