Welcome back for the first video and memory guide following our new guide format. The cost of memory, coupled with the plethora of choices now available for graphics processing, has made for a rollercoaster ride for anyone looking to upgrade or build a new system. PCI Express and DDR2 have been at the forefront of the new sea of choices and have also been at the forefront of cost. We'll take a look at some choices available today and see what products make the most sense both financially and in the area of performance.

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Video Cards – ATI


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  • BornStar18 - Monday, November 01, 2004 - link

    The 512MB PC3200 Corsair RAM that's listed for $69.90 after shipping shows as 256MB on Axion Technologies' website. Am I the only one that's confused by that? Reply
  • Desto - Sunday, October 31, 2004 - link

    I dont think the availability is the reason for the lack of 6800´s in the list (actually they have added two more 6800 since it first was published :)...I can think of three possible reasons. First one is that ATI is is favoured for some reason...second is that there are so many 5700 and 5900 in stock that the vendors want them listed since they figure ppl with bigger budgets will buy the faster 6800 anyway. Third reason is lazyness/ignorance Either way I´m pretty suprised to see this kind of "manipulation". Maybe its a strong word but its so obvious to me...I live in sweden and there are plenty of 6600 6800 and 6800GT in different brands and even 6800le (only 8 pipelines but very affordable) Im pretty sure USA has got a lot lot lot more in stock than tiny sweden...
    Im actually interested in a 6800 with a passive heatsink which newegg sells for 282 which is cheaper than the 2 presented in this list....but than again....this list seems to be sponsored by the vendors...which is normal perhaps...but I think something as obvious as this might lower peoples respect for the might wonder if certain tests favor one vendor more than the other. I have read tomsshardware and anandtech for seven years and I have always had very high respect for their work...this is the first time I react and the reason for making an account so I can write this comment (hello world :)
  • Poser - Sunday, October 31, 2004 - link

    #4 I would think they left them out because they're not widely available. Go to and search for 6800GT or 6800 Ultra and look at how many are actually in stock. Pretty dismal. Reply
  • mongoosesRawesome - Sunday, October 31, 2004 - link

    The graphs are nice, but there are no 6800GT's listed at all, no 6800 Ultra's listed, and only one vanilla 6800 listed. Meanwhile, you actually recommend the FX5900 at $215. Where are the 6800's? Seems like you left out a pretty big component of this "price guide." Reply
  • Gnoad - Sunday, October 31, 2004 - link

    If god wanted us to use ddr2, he wouldn't have invented TCCD chips. Reply
  • CrystalBay - Sunday, October 31, 2004 - link

    Dell buys it... Reply
  • GhandiInstinct - Sunday, October 31, 2004 - link

    Has anyone honestly bought DDR2? I think .3% of the worlds population own this memory. Reply

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