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Postby Ian on Thu Apr 10, 2003 1:15 pm

Looks like the el-cheapo GeForce FX 5200's are shipping:

http://castle.pricewatch.com/search/sea ... 71&l=11125

Anyone have any experience with these? Personally, I'm waiting for the 5200 Ultra.
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Postby BuddhaTB on Thu Apr 10, 2003 3:48 pm

The GeForce FX 5200 looks very cheap.
Even my GeForce4 Ti4200 looks better than that.
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Postby aviationwiz on Fri Apr 11, 2003 1:16 am

My 4200 looks WAY better than that.

Now this is supposed to be good:
http://www.enpc.com/cgi-bin/enpc/BFG-GFXBOX.html
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Postby TheWizard on Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:31 am

Only a 250MHz GPU? For brand new technology, that sucks. My Radeon 8500 has a GPU speed of 275MHz, and my Radeon can be considered old!
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Postby Wedge Maniac on Fri Apr 11, 2003 2:50 pm

aviationwiz wrote:My 4200 looks WAY better than that.

Now this is supposed to be good:
http://www.enpc.com/cgi-bin/enpc/BFG-GFXBOX.html


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And this is an interesting Min. Spec Requirement
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I've been researching PSUs and the "how many watts do I need" is a recurring question. It appears to me that a lot of these new monster graphics cards simply need bigger power supplies. Can anybody add to or correct this observation?
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Postby aviationwiz on Fri Apr 11, 2003 2:58 pm

Yup, simple as that. The bigger cards require more system power, including electrical power. The fans required to cool this card also take up some extra power.
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Postby BuddhaTB on Fri Apr 11, 2003 7:41 pm

Check out the heatsinks and cooling on the Leadtek Winfast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO video card. It features NVIDIA’s GeForce FX 5800 Ultra GPU and 128MB DDR RAM.

Specs
-NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra GPU
-CineFX Engine
-Intellisample Technology
-High-Precision Graphics
-nView Multi-display Technology
-Digital Vibrance Control (DVC)
-Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
-AGP 8X
-0.13 Micron Process Technology
-400MHz RAMDACs
-4 Billion AA samples per second fill rate
-200 Million vertices/sec
-16GB/sec memory bandwidth
-128MB DDR2 SDRAM - 1.0 GHz memory data rate
-8 Pixels per Clock Rendering Pipeline
-Microsoft® DirectX®9.0 Optimizations and Support
-New 64-phase Video Scaler
-OpenGL®1.4 Optimizations and Support
-Video Mixing Renderer (VMR)
-On-board DVI support up to 1600x1200 resolution
-On-board TV-out support up to 1024x768 resolution
-Integrated Full Hardware MPEG-2 Decoder
-Vivid NTSC/PAL TV-out support with flicker filter

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Postby Wedge Maniac on Fri Apr 11, 2003 7:57 pm

I guess Leadtek rules eh? I didn't know they used such large heatsinks until I saw a different picture that you posted a couple of weeks ago of the Ti 4600.

Two questions about the Leadtek cards:
1. Do they come overclocked out of the box?
2. Are they loud (due to the fans)?
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Postby BuddhaTB on Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:07 pm

Wedge Maniac wrote:Two questions about the Leadtek cards:
1. Do they come overclocked out of the box?
2. Are they loud (due to the fans)?

1. They can be overclocked with the Winfast utility that comes with the video card. Their cards usually ship with stock GPU and Memory speeds.

2. The single fan on my Leadtek GeForce4 Ti4200 128MB video card isn't loud at all. The fan itself is smaller in diameter than a case fan, so it produces a lot less sound than those 80mm case fans.
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Postby Wedge Maniac on Sat Apr 12, 2003 11:40 pm

BuddhaTB wrote:1. They can be overclocked with the Winfast utility that comes with the video card. Their cards usually ship with stock GPU and Memory speeds.

2. The single fan on my Leadtek GeForce4 Ti4200 128MB video card isn't loud at all. The fan itself is smaller in diameter than a case fan, so it produces a lot less sound than those 80mm case fans.


Thanks BuddhaTB, I'm really considering getting a Leadtek when the $ is available. Could be another 3 months or so, but I want to ask if you would recommend it above other GF4 brands? Or, said differently, if you didn't go Leadtek, which brand would you recommend looking at?
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Postby BuddhaTB on Sun Apr 13, 2003 12:56 am

Wedge Maniac wrote:Thanks BuddhaTB, I'm really considering getting a Leadtek when the $ is available. Could be another 3 months or so, but I want to ask if you would recommend it above other GF4 brands? Or, said differently, if you didn't go Leadtek, which brand would you recommend looking at?

When I was deciding what brand GeForce4 Ti4200 I was planning to buy last summer, I narrowed down the choices to either Leadtek and Gainward. I went with Leadtek, due to their huge heat sinks and fan and also because mwave had it for cheaper. The good thing about Gainward, is some of their high end GF4 cards are already overclocked. You just have to look at the different model numbers, but if you send me the link I can tell you which ones are overclocked. I would decide between those two brands, since they are both reliable and show very good bench mark scores. Since I'm using a Leadtek now, I would highly recommend them.

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