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    Hi folks,

    I've got about $500.00 to spend on a new video card. I'm looking at these 3:

    Verto FX 5950 Ultra 256 agp
    MSI FX5950 Ultra 256 agp
    ATI 9800xt 256 agp

    I'm not looking at the Verto as hard as I am the other 2.
    Please you suggestions and or comments, and warnings regarding these 3 cards, or if you have a better one.
    Thanks,
    Al
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    ASUS P4P800, Pentium 3.0 GHz, 1024 megs PC3200 DDR 400, ATI 9600 Pro Video Card, Samsung 522452 CDRW, Creative 16X DVD.

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    ATi.

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    It depends. ATi offers better stock performance amd AA/AF, but nVidia has better Overclocking. nVidia also can maintain a better FPS at higher resolutions. The next drivers for nVidia also will support application specific AA/AF options too.
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    ATi
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    ATI

    ATI has a better implementation of AA and AF. Which results in higher overall image quality. Anything past ~60 FPS is just bragging rights besides you always want vsinc on(synchronizes the card with your monitor) and monitors generally max at the 60 to 80 range.

    Also, if I recall correctly ATI suffers less FPS loss when you turn up the AA/AF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeyTheBalrog
    ATI

    ATI has a better implementation of AA and AF. Which results in higher overall image quality. Anything past ~60 FPS is just bragging rights besides you always want vsinc on(synchronizes the card with your monitor) and monitors generally max at the 60 to 80 range.

    Also, if I recall correctly ATI suffers less FPS loss when you turn up the AA/AF.
    This is all correct except for the mention of AF. Both cards perform AF differently, however it looks the same in practice, in actual games.

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