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Thread: Gamer? Designer? Ait? Nvidia?




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    $200 - ATI 8500DV
    $200 - nVIDIA MSI TI4400

    I'm a Graphic Designer and a Gamer and I can't make up my mind between these two video cards. They are about the same price, but with different capibilites. Below is a description of what I'll be using it for. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

    Designer-
    3D Max animations and FX
    Photoshop
    Video Compression
    Video Editing

    Gamer-
    Unreal Tournament 2003
    Unreal Tournament 2003
    Unreal Tournament 2003
    ...and did I mention Unreal Tournament 2003...

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    I think most would take the GF4 over the Radeon - although I don't use most of the software you listed...

    seems like a very good price for a GF4Ti4400 & a bad price for a Radeon8500DV though

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    the ATI 8500DV is the ALL IN WONDER. it's the one with the 2 firewire ports.

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    then I guess it comes down to how much you want the All-in-Wonder features then - A Radeon8500 will run UT2003 just fine

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    There's probably also a slightly better visual clarity coming from the Radeon, which is a bonus for graphic design. Also the Radeon, with the video input / output gives you a lot of options for the future, such as video editing, capturing stills, etc. Plus it will play UT 2003... :)

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    Def. get the 8500AIW. Better image quality, lots more nice features, and will run unreal at past 100FPS easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehhe Yebeb
    Def. get the 8500AIW. Better image quality, lots more nice features, and will run unreal at past 100FPS easy.
    Whoa there.. I wouldn't go that far. He's talking Unreal Tournament 2003 here. I've got the pre-release version, and on my system (Ath 1800+, GF3) I have to kill all the pretty setting and set the res to 800x600 just to get a playable frame rate.

    So it won't easily run UT2003 at over 100 fps, but it will run it pretty well

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    Anyone tried a ATI 8500DV with UT2003?

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    Photoshop
    Video Compression
    Video Editing

    Those items do NOT require video card power so any card over a TNT2 will display them *wonderfully*

    I have not used 3D studio Max, so I cannot comment on how it works, and how demanding it is. If it is at all like a 3D game, 3D modeler, or 3D cad program, then you WILL see a significant performance increase with a card better than a TNT2.

    But as expected, for the average person, the ONLY thing that uses any 3D power availiable today are GAMES.

    so RDR is right....
    then I guess it comes down to how much you want the All-in-Wonder features then
    The GF4 is significantly more powerful, but doesn't have the features.
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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    Thank you, sir.

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