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FondueUSA
05-22-2004, 05:31 PM
I am thinking of upgrading my graphics card. I have an Nivida Geforce Ti 4200 128mb. If I get a 256mb how much difference will it make in FB? Will in increase the framerate or is that up to something else. Any advice would be great. thx

FondueUSA
05-22-2004, 05:31 PM
I am thinking of upgrading my graphics card. I have an Nivida Geforce Ti 4200 128mb. If I get a 256mb how much difference will it make in FB? Will in increase the framerate or is that up to something else. Any advice would be great. thx

PF_Coastie
05-22-2004, 05:40 PM
You dont need 256mb of video ram to play FB. 128mb is more than enough on a video card for now. If you really want to upgrade, you need to get at least a 9800pro or 5900ultra.

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ThanasisK
05-22-2004, 05:45 PM
If you are really confident, you should go for an 9800Pro 256MB which can be easily modified to an full blown XT model using a BIOS update.
NOTE THAT THIS WILL INVALIDATE YOUR WARRANTY. This way you get an excellent card for the price of a cheaper one.

Beirut
05-22-2004, 06:00 PM
Hey there,

I just switched from a GF4 Ti-4200 to a 9800Pro 128meglast night. And it was a good move.

I thought my modest XP2000/512 RAM would bottleneck the 9800 but even if it does, it still rocks!

My first test was the Leningrad map. it used to be for nothing more than sightseeing at 1024x768x16. Now I can fly over the city at the same res but with 32 bit colour and even have dogfights wioth good FPS. And the burning German bombers falling to the ground look great!

Most maps play very, very well at 1024x768x32 with the AA and AF at 4X or 6X, even with a good number of planes in the air. At 1600x1200x32 with the AA and AF at 6X, it's a slideshow for sure, but bring them down to 2X and things look fantastic and fly pretty well too.

The colours are crisper, the darks are darker and the brights are brighter. The 3D aspect to ground objects is improved and there is an all around improvement in the "depth" of the game. Things just look richer. Planes are also more easilly identifiable at a distance due to the clearer picture the 9800Pro delivers.

For me, it was well worth the money and lets me fly at much better resolutions and with all the filtering options on. This moves the graphics right up to the next level. When you play with the 9800Pro for the first time, you sit back and say, "ahhh, this is what it is supposed to look like!"

There's not a huge gain in FPS, but there is massive improvemnt in graphic quality.
Is it worth the money?

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VMF-214_HaVoK
05-22-2004, 06:23 PM
I run about the same frames in excellent as I did with with my TI4600, I have a 9800pro now. But I can now run 4xAA and 16xAF at same resolution which is 1280x960x32. So I gained a huge increse in quality without the loss of FPS (little higher I believe)

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RaiderSix
05-22-2004, 07:20 PM
Where do you guys buy your computer upgrades from? I'm thinking about using who ever pricewatch.com says is cheapest for a 9800pro and some Ram.

VMF-214_HaVoK
05-22-2004, 07:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RaiderSix:
Where do you guys buy your computer upgrades from? I'm thinking about using who ever pricewatch.com says is cheapest for a 9800pro and some Ram.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


www.newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) is one of my favorites


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RaiderSix
05-22-2004, 08:13 PM
Wow, just went to newegg and was confused. I didn't expect to see so many variants of the 9800 pro card. Saw some dang near $800 bucks? Also, it listed just about everything as refurbished. Hmmm, are most of these things refurbished?

Spinne_3.-JG51
05-22-2004, 08:44 PM
Read up a little on the varients of the 9800 Pro. www.anandtech.com (http://www.anandtech.com) is a good place to start. I bought my 9700 Pro from ATI itself and I've never regretted the decesion.

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maddvmaxx
05-22-2004, 11:29 PM
If I were getting ready to upgrade anything,I'd wait until late Fall/early Winter.All new form-factor cases,MOBOS,power supplies,and graphics cards are coming out.Wait a little longer,get a lot more.Just my $.02 worth http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Rogodin
05-22-2004, 11:37 PM
It's always better the longer you wait-unless you know what to buy http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

My $240 9800np that I bought 1 year ago is still amazing: but I bought the one I knew could OC (a sapphire 9800np 3.3ns samsung) and I've been gaming happily for this whole time @ 450/410 through two upgrades-and I won't trade in this card until the R420 is less than $250 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

All I have to do is go H2O and I'll easily reach 475/440 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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LeChuck59
05-22-2004, 11:45 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Thanasisk:
If you are really confident, you should go for an 9800Pro 256MB which can be easily modified to an full blown XT model using a BIOS update.
NOTE THAT THIS WILL INVALIDATE YOUR WARRANTY. This way you get an excellent card for the price of a cheaper one.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not all of the 256mb Pro are built with XT chipsets and so not all can be flashed to XT speeds. It's been reported that the 256mb Sapphire 9800 Pro at NewEgg can be succesfully modded, but it is by no means a sure fire option.

Personally, unless you need the card now, I'd wait a couple of months and upgrade to a next gen card. Sure it's more than you'll need to play FB, but BOB's not so far away that it shouldn't be considered when making a purchase.