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    I'm lookin into investing in a new card for my computer and the hype is over the radeon 9700 but i really duno whats the best one for my cash?:confused:

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    The NV30 and Ultra 5800 GF FX from nVidia are just about a week away or less(maybe today, havent checked) They are due for the end of the month, so look for them. They will be $300(NV30) to $400 (Ultra 5800) The 5800 may not even br coming out(rumors of it). But if it does it should have a 500/1GHz speed. Thats about 200/300 faster then the ATI9700 PRO level 1. So i say wait a week or two and wait for the cards to come out and then see whats good for your hardearned cash. (i think there is a Pixle View specsheet on the homepage of tweaktown, not sure)

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    depends on how much you want to spend....what's your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason
    I'm lookin into investing in a new card for my computer and the hype is over the radeon 9700 but i really duno whats the best one for my cash?:confused:

    i'm in the same boat. i want a decent card, but i'm not willing to spend 300-500 for a high end card. most games support directx 8 right now, correct? so with the release of directx 9, it doesn't really matter as long as the card supports directx 8. not sure about the agp issue either. 8x or 4x. my budget is probaly going to 150-200 CAD. i'm going to look into the radeon 9100. probably go w/ a 128MB version. the games i've been playing: max payne, GTA3, Comanche4, USAF

    the card will be going in my new system

    P4 2.4b
    512MB Mushkin level 2 HP 2-2-2 (single stick, saving for another)
    MSI GNB-MAX
    WD 80GB 8MB cache
    Antec 1080 Plus AMG

    any suggestions?

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    the Radeon9100 is an excellent card for the money - during gameplay the difference in FPS between an GF4Ti4200 and a good R9100 is really not noticable (I've owned both)...but around here at least the R9100 is about 40% cheaper:thumb:


    I just got a Powercolor Radeon9100 128MB OEM clocked at 250/250 for $148 cdn for my brother-in-law....but don't buy the Powercolor 64MB - it's only clocked at 250/184:mad:

    If you look at sapphire...the 64 MB version is actually clocked higher - 250/230 vs. 250/200 for the 128MB ....so make sure you do your research before you get one

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDR
    the Radeon9100 is an excellent card for the money - during gameplay the difference in FPS between an GF4Ti4200 and a good R9100 is really not noticable (I've owned both)...but around here at least the R9100 is about 40% cheaper:thumb:


    I just got a Powercolor Radeon9100 128MB OEM clocked at 250/250 for 8 cdn for my brother-in-law....but don't buy the Powercolor 64MB - it's only clocked at 250/184:mad:

    If you look at sapphire...the 64 MB version is actually clocked higher - 250/230 vs. 250/200 for the 128MB ....so make sure you do your research before you get one
    where do you get your pc parts from? i live in canada as well.
    i think the small difference in stock speeds that show in fps from a 64 over a 128 are small enough that it shouldn;t make a huge difference. and w/ o/c'g the 128 should be able to catch a stock 64, correct? are these boards agp 8x or 4x?
    also, i have read that nvidia has released a mx 440 w/ agp 8x and support for directx 8.1 features. are there any comparison reviews for these 2 cards?

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    the GF4 MX series does not have hardware support for DX8 - it is a limitation of the chip. So anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.

    I'm the Plant Manager for a medium size mould shop - we're heavily invested in CAD/CAM/CAE applications - so I spend quite a bit on hardware...about $35K cdn last year

    I buy about 75% of my hardware here:
    www.elcosystems.com
    I get the reseller (wholesale) prices on in-stock stuff - anything special order is a bit more expensive, I've got a $30K line of credit there & net 30 terms

    Base on the clock speeds - If I was buying Sapphire, I'd get the 64MB...but If I was buying Powercolor - I'd definately get the 128MB
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    i checked out the site. they don't display the prices. how do i know what i am going to be paying? also they didn't list the 9100 at all???

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    I don't think they have online ordering....I get a pricelist emailed to me 2X a month

    My first few orders were by phone - now I deal with my rep. almost exclusively by email

    I'm not sure what kind of prices they give to end-users who call them up - but some of the employees here have tried and had a good experience

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    you could try here too:
    www.pccanada.com
    they do have online ordering & they have the Sapphire 64MB Radeon9100 (250/230 clocks? <- you may want to confrim this) for $124.99 cdn

    http://www.pccanada.com/inventory.asp?cat=videocards

    there's rumours of these Sapphire 64Mb versions having 4ns (read:OC'able to 250MHz) chips :thumb:

    Although I can't vouch personally


    they've also got the R9500np 128MB cards that are modable into R9700np's for $249cdn

    or the Sapphire R9700np for $349cdn

    very good prices :D


    NCIX has a 64MB R9100 for $114cdn - but they don't list a mfg'r or the clocks but the vpn# appears to be a Sapphire model number - I wouldn't buy it without confirming that information first

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