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Video NVIDIA
ASUS GeForce4 Ti4200
$149.99
$0.00
$0.00
NewEgg
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BFG Asylum GeForceFX 5800
$399.99
$0.00
N/A
ENPC
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Chaintech GeForce4 Ti4200 GT20
$115.00
$0.00
$-10.00
AllStarShop
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Chaintech GeForce4 Ti4600
$227.00
$0.00
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NewEgg
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Gainward GeForce4 Ti4200 64MB
$133.00
$0.00
$0.00
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MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 128MB
$151.99
$1.00
$2.99
GoogleGear
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MSI GeForce4 Ti4600
$257.25
$-0.00
$0.00
AllStarShop
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PNY GeForce4 Ti4200 64MB
$125.00
$0.00
$-3.00
NewEgg
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PNY GeForce4 Ti4600
$241.99
$1.50
N/A
GoogleGear
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PNY Verto GeForceFX 5800
$399.99
$0.00
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ENPC
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Video Other
Matrox G450 32MB
$84.00
$0.00
$0.00
NewEgg
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Matrox G550 32MB
$95.00
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Matrox Parhelia 128MB
$325.00
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We waited. We waited some more. Another 8 months went by and we were still waiting. Well, we are still technically waiting. NewEgg and ENPC are now taking pre-orders for GeForceFX 5800 cards. As rumor would hold true, it does appear as if the 5800 Ultra has been canceled, but those who already pre-ordered a card will still receive one.

More problems seem to have plagued the card as ridicule and speculation has forced NVIDIA to recall the current 5800 cards from production in order to redesign the fan and packaging on the card. Most sources speculate we will see the card finally available for retail on March 31/April 1st. Hopefully, that is not some kind of cruel April Fool's joke. GeForceFX's strange journey seems almost freakishly akin to the rise and fall of the Voodoo4/5 series video cards.

Also absent are the Ti4600 cards from this week's guide. Unfortunately, it seems like manufacturers are trying their best to dump inventory of these old cards. The cards that were not relabled as Ti4800's or Ti4600-8X have simply been dumped due to lack of demand. What further complicates matters is that NV31 appears to be the inevitable replacement for the Ti4600 and thus directly compete with RV350. NVIDIA also seems to be largely ignoring GeForceFX 5800 NV30 in favor of developing NV35 to directly compete with R350. Yes, NVIDIA's marketing confuses us too.

Furthermore, controversy has spun its web around the upcoming GeForceFX NV30 chip as the "4x2" architecture issues continue to surface. For those of you who are not familiar, apparently many sources are claiming that the NV30 chipset contains only 4 rendering pipelines as opposed to the 8 that NVIDIA unveiled at COMDEX. The catch is that each pipeline contains 2 TMUs which should result in the the promised 8 textures per clock, but only when multitexturing.

On an unrelated note longtime NVIDIA partner VisionTek continues their anti-NVIDIA campaign while still lacking any production products. Perhaps Hartford is relying on VisionTek's "good name" in order to build a stronger base of operations before actually releasing cards to the public.

Maybe RV350 vs NV31 will be more interesting than extra delayed R300 and NV30 matchup. Hopefully we do not have to wait another 9 months to see any NVIDIA developments. Meh.

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