Video Cards - NVIDIA

NVIDIA continues to be the favorite option when Doom 3 is a factor in the purchase. The impressive performance that the 6800's have been shown to provide in this game is nothing short of top notch. Of course, with top performance, again come top prices. If you can afford it, then the 6800 GT is a very nice card to own and should not disappoint you.

Chaintech's GeForceFX 5900128MB PCIe card is a nice choice if you are looking to upgrade your motherboard to one capable of taking PCI Express cards. A step sideways takes us to the XFX GeForceFX 5900 128MB for use in board that still has an AGP slot, which would certainly constitute the majority. Both cards will give you playable framerates in titles ranging from Battlefield 1942 through Doom 3.

Short of needing those extra frames for gaming, a 5700 is plenty for the average user and does not have to break the bank by any stretch of the imagination. Gainward's GeForceFX 5700 128MB is currently going for under $100 and should suit the needs of a PC intended for web browsing, emailing, and office applications without trouble.

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  • Rainman - Monday, September 20, 2004 - link

    I ordered from ewiz the Gainward 5700 for 90 dollars. I got it today and it seems it is a 5700LE. Their website left out the LE, although if you look closely the image on the website indicates it is an LE as well as the product item number.

    I'm in the process of RMA'ing the card and I've had quite a few loops to jump through already.
  • alm4rr - Monday, September 13, 2004 - link


    Did Jason get a chance to look over whether or not it's feasible to move the price listing under the link (b/c of CMS as stated in comment section of previous price guide)

  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, September 13, 2004 - link

    MIDIman: Thanks for the heads up. I removed it and emailed ewiz too.

  • MIDIman - Monday, September 13, 2004 - link

    The Sapphire 256mb 9800 Pro at E-Wiz for $185.40 is incorrectly listed. From their webpage, the model number is "1024-2C47-00-SA" - A quick google search will show from Sapphire's webpage (as well as the description on E-Wiz's webpage) that this is 128-bit AND the non pro version of the board.

  • ShizNet - Sunday, September 12, 2004 - link

    in this review
    KingMax was one of the TOP dogs, or was behind by no more than 5-10% of leader... this stick can be had for around $100.. and someHow there is not a one word about company or product whatSoEver
    i got 2 of these for under $100 each (b4 price went up) - and i'm more than HAPPY
  • Aquila76 - Sunday, September 12, 2004 - link

    #3 - I had my GF2GTS up until last month when the fan died and the chip fried during NFS:Underground. I'd had it since it was released(1999?). I got an FX 5200 from NewEgg for $60 to replace it for now (my MB has no onboard video) and it runs everything pretty well. When I rebuild my PC in January, I'll probably pick up a major card. Reply
  • johnsonx - Sunday, September 12, 2004 - link

    Yep, there's zero point in spending more than $40 for a video card if the computer is not going to be used for gaming or other 3D graphics work. 7000-series and GF4MX-series cards do everything such a PC needs, and can even do light-duty gaming. Heck, I've got a GF2Ti in my computer that I mostly use for work, yet I've not yet run into a game I wasn't happy playing on it.
  • l3ored - Sunday, September 12, 2004 - link

    i clicked on the comments to post the exact same thing. why do you recomend $100 video cards for web browsing?? Reply
  • kmmatney - Sunday, September 12, 2004 - link

    "Gainward's GeForceFX 5700 128MB is currently going for under $100 and should suit the needs of a PC intended for web browsing, emailing, and office applications without trouble."

    I'd say on-board video is suitable for that. If you want more, then you can get an ATI Radeon 7000 with TV out and DVI connector for $30. There is no reason to sepnd more, unless you game, or want VIVO.

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