Price Guides July 2004: Video Cards and Memoryby Vinney Shimpi on July 30, 2004 6:00 AM EST
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Video Cards: NVIDIANVIDIA is in the same boat as ATI when it comes to prices being prohibitively high on their newest 6800 cards. While the 6800 scored a hit against ATI with the latest Doom 3 benchmarks, it's still too early to tell for sure which will perform best in the long run. In short, be patient. Prices will come down and variants of the 6800 will be available in enough quantity to keep the supply-to-demand ratio at reasonable levels.
If you absolutely must buy a video card right now, and can't wait for prices to drop on some of the newer options, BFG's GeForceFX 5900 128MB is a good choice. Fully capable in the latest games and reasonably priced are two descriptions that fit this card well. A great overclocker, the BFG 5900 can squeeze out those extra frames needed to keep your games running at high resolutions with the details cranked up.
For the non-gamer or occasional gamer, the GeForceFX 5700 128MB from AOpen gets the pick this week. Keep in mind that much like the Radeon 9600 series of cards, the 5700 will also likely be the NVIDIA low end for some of the games slated to come out later this year, so do not consider this card if you intend to take up gaming as a new past-time any time soon, unless you don't mind the lower resolution or frame rates.