View Full Version : ATI vs. Nvidia cards for UT2/Unreal 2
3rd Mar 2002, 12:38 PM
It may be a bit early to ask, but I wanted to get opinions...
I know Nvidia has pretty much taken over the video card wars (at least in popularity) and so the programmers are probably coding the UT2/Unreal 2 for the Nvidia chips.
Now I have the opportunity to purchase any ATI video card for 50% off... will I be at a disadvantage with an ATI card (even top of the line) ?
3rd Mar 2002, 01:03 PM
The results differ slightly, depending on what driver version you use and what built of the Unreal engine, but overall the ATI Radeon 8500 is about equal to a regular GF3. The Radeon8500 has even slightly superior hardware, but the GeForce3 compensates that with better drivers.
The GF4 (non-MX) clearly beats both the GF3 and the R8500, but due to the very restricted availability and the resulting prices I guess a GF4 isn't an option anyway.
The Unreal Performance Test 2002 (http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1583&p=12) gives you a better idea of the cards performance relative to eachother.
I'd say: If you can get a Radeon 8500 at 50% off, GO FOR IT. It's a very good card hardware-wise and over the months ATI will hopefully optimize the drivers and erase all bugs.
3rd Mar 2002, 03:21 PM
and remember that the games abusing these new cards aren't coming out tomorrow. So if you can get a high end ATI card for 50% off ( :eek: ) then you should be golden for a while.
Personally I liked playing the new games on lower-than-the best thing out there and then swapping it out later. Makes the appreciation a bit sweeter.
(oh and double on the GF4 non-MX thing ... see the Geforce3ti200 thread)
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