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Topic # 9928 24-Oct-2006 19:42
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Is Radeon actually better than GeForce, or is just like the "Ford vs Holden"
 comparison? As in it's mostly personal preference?

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  Reply # 49567 24-Oct-2006 22:08

it's pretty much ford vs. holden but depends who you ask. (I'm not a serious gamer)
If you plan on using Linux Nvidia is a better choice because of driver support.

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  Reply # 49572 24-Oct-2006 22:41

Take a look at Tom's hardware pages. They made some tests, comparisons, etc..

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  Reply # 49975 27-Oct-2006 13:03
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ATI has traditionally had the better image quality in both 2d and 3d in comparision to Nvidia. Currently both flagship ranges ae much of a muchness in this department although ATI still hold a small lead when you look at reviews which go into serious depth (Like Hardocp).

Speedwise this changes all the time as each brings up an update to its flagship line either in minor clock speed upgrades for core/memory, pricing changes or in major core upgrades on a very regular basis. Again they are currently much the say for all intents unless you wish to sit running benchmarks all day.

Establish your price range, look at what models from each are avaliable and then look for reviews with comparisions between these models based on applications/games you will be using and features you will find useful is my suggestion. Its not rocket surgery.

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  Reply # 52124 13-Nov-2006 09:25
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thanks for that. I suppose the problem I have is I don't really know what it is I'm supposed to be looking for!

I'm wanting to spend less than $100 for a secondhand 256MB AGP card. My options seems to be Radeon 9550 and 9600, or Geforce 5600 and 5700. The 5700 looks okay compared to the Radeon 9600 in the reviews I have seen, but I don't know if there is something specific I should be looking out for.
The other thing is my board only has a 4x AGP slot, so in actual fact am I looking at cards that I wont be getting the most out of anyway, so I may as well go lower? 

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  Reply # 52219 13-Nov-2006 20:52
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For that pricing range a new 9600 pro would be a good purchase

That will give you pretty decent 2D quality and allow you to do some gaming, just bear in mind you will have to turn the quality and/or resolution down a bit on newer games.

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