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Thorin Oakenshield
9th Jul 2002, 18:22
Hi ALL,
I've seen a GeForce 3 Ti200 128Mb AGP RP DVI VO for £112 is this a good deal?
And for those out there with this card already, What do you think of it? How is it for, Fog & other effects in Thief (1/G/2)?

Thanks Taffers;)

I can get a GF 4 Ti4400 128Mb DDR AGP RP VO DVI for £224 but it's out of my price range for now:( (Wife & Kid)
Should I wait until a few months for it to come down in price?

DJC
9th Jul 2002, 18:59
<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com">Ebuyer.com</a>, a great site! Products for the UK as cheap as..

For example:
<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=33775">Geforce 3 ti200, 64mb. </a>. £80

<A href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=35480">Geforce 4 ti4200 64mb</a> £136.

Prices I wrote include VAT. Ebuyer prices don't unless they state they do :)

I have a Gf3 ti200 (64mb) and its great :D Plays everything at insane resolutions at great frame rates. Thief is no exception

Thorin Oakenshield
9th Jul 2002, 21:50
Hi DJC,
I notice the 2 cards you mention are only 64Mb:eek: :D
Is there much advantage to having the 128Mb cards? :confused:

Mind you my GF2 mx is only 32Mb :o

LeatherMan
9th Jul 2002, 23:28
I love my GF3 TI200 64MB, and do recommend it. The visuals for the Thief games aren't any better than GF2 cards since they are DX7 games, but they play much smoother. Not sure if the extra 64MB will make much of a difference later or not, but it does slow frame-rates a little (~2%) in current games. I think that as games go to larger textures it will help to have the extra memory. Is it worth the ~40% difference in price? Probably not.

I will say that the GF3 TI200/ATI Radeon 8500 will be the minimum requirement for all of the visuals available in Thief 3, so if you can afford a GF4 TI card, get it, get it Now!!

DJC
10th Jul 2002, 05:31
Whoops,
Actually the second card (the gf4ti4200) I listed is a 128mb card :)

Peter_Smith
10th Jul 2002, 05:58
I think the Geforce 4 Ti 4200 64 MB is the best deal. The prices are lower than the 128, and it performs faster than the 128 (faster memory). I don't think the 128 MB is really needed if you play at a modest resolution like 1024 x 768, In my opinion all those super high resolutions are a waste - you don't really see the difference. Using 16 bit color is also a way to get good results without excessive memory. Who knows, maybe some future game will really take advantage of the 128 MB memory by triple buffering or whatnot. I myself would not buy it now.

For a recent benchmark that is relevant to the UT Thief 3 engine, see the link to Anandtech in this post (http://forums.eidosgames.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1150).

Thorin Oakenshield
10th Jul 2002, 19:03
Thanks a lot guys;) I really appreciate your advice. I'll probably opt for one of the the GF4 Ti range. If there is no current increase for the extra 64Mb of a 128Mb card then I'll go for the 64Mb version. I have enought system ram anyway, I suppose it will use that if it needs more:D

Thanks again ALL:) ;)

BrokenArts
14th Jul 2002, 14:26
Ok with all this discussion with the cards, I can't help but still wonder, with my new system I am getting, did I go overboard getting my GForce4 Ti4200 128 MB card? :eek: :confused: :)

Peter_Smith
14th Jul 2002, 15:32
No.:) You made a good choice. Yes, I would have bought the 64 MB 4200, but I have read opinions of some reputable people who disagree with me. Some say get as much memory as you can because you never know when you will need it.

BrokenArts
14th Jul 2002, 15:40
Thank you Peter. :) I am looking *SO FORWARD* to this new system. :D Coming in black, I look good in black. HA!

Just a side note here, the system is a Gateway system, and last night I went on line and compared a similiar system, a 8200 Dell system, almost identical specs, needless to say, we got a better deal through Gateway. And a better video card too.
But, in the long run, we shall see how long this system lasts.
Thanks again.