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Thread: GF3 v Radeon 8500




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    I think I will also buy a Radeon!! What about the price is it cheaper?
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    I got my Radeon8500 retail (275/550 clk) for $345 cdn - that's about $225US

    the OEM/3rd party versions are cheaper - but are usually clocked at 250/500

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    So the Radeon is cheaper? But can it compare against a geforce 3?
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    the GF3Ti500 beats it by a reasonable margin in most gaming benchmarks - a noteable exception is 3DMark2001 (check the AV 9429:thumb: ) a DX8 benchmark

    this could mean that the Radeon 8500 may be faster when real DX8 games start to surface - or it might mean that the Radeon 8500 will always bench great and play games so-so - interpret it as you will

    If you want the absolute fastest card to play todays games - nothing beats a Ti500
    the Radeon8500 wil give you performance on the same games somewhere between a Ti200 & a Ti500, the price falls between the 2 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDR
    I'm not even going to bring up the IQ debate
    Probably a good call. ;)
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    I've been a real skeptic of ATI in the past but the 8500 is a killer card. It's on the same level as the Ti500 with more STANDARD features.

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    I think I go for the radeon! Because It's a lot cheaper!
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    The Herc Ti 200 is looking the guts for me dude

    Overclock it man !!
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    But that can be held back with the RAM. We all know the GPU has little to do with increasing speed if you're capped by your RAM.

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    The Radeon runs much higher stock core and mem speeds. That in itself while it could be just a marketting thing, it could also indicate ATI has higher QC on their manufacturing/fabrication process, thus yeilding chips that are able to handle higher frequencies. nVidia's chips don't even O/C to beyond 260-270 in their flagship range.

    DVD/motion video playback is far superior on the Radeon - so I'm lead to believe, reading the reviews and comparisons around the net. TV out functions are also better than nVidia's offerings.

    Anti-aliasing technology, pixel/vertex shader and the like are pretty similar from the two cards. But one issue is price. At least in the US, Radeons are slightly cheaper than GF3 Ti500's.
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