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piccoLEW 7th January, 2005 01:54 AM

a little advice
i am currently eyeing up a GF fx 5700LE

the detailed specs are:
GeForce FX5700LE 256 MB Inno3D
Product Overview :

Powered by nVidia GeForce™ FX 57000 GPU
256-bit graphic core and 128-bit memory interface
0.13 micron process technology
Nvidia® CineFX™ 2.0 engine
Nvidia® UltraShadow™ technology
Nvidia® Intellisample™ high-resolution compression technology (HCT)
True 128-bit studio precision computation
Advanced pixel shaders
Supports shading language like for Cg and HLSL
Nvidia® ForceWare™ unified software environment (USE)
Nvidia® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
Optimizations and Support for DirectX9 and OpenGL 1.5
Nvidia® nView™ multi-display technology
Nvidia® Digital Vibrance Control™ (DVC) 3.0
4 Pixels/Clock Rendering Pipeline
Supports AGP8X interface (2.1 GB/s Bandwidth to System)
Dual 400MHz RAMDACs supports up to 2048*1536 at 85Hz
DVI Output supports up to 1600*1200
Integrated NTSC & PAL TV encoder supports up to 1024*768 resolution
Integrated full hardware MPEG2 decoder accelerates DVD playback
64-phase video scaler

Currently i have in my computer: a gf fx5600 (3d Blaster 5, 128mb)
i put my old card: gf4 ti4200 (128mb) into my gf's computer

im thinking of either buying the above card for £69.99, then moving the 5600 into my gf's computer and having a spare gf4 ti card,
or just leave it as it is.

I'm not interested in buying ATI, maybe a better nvidia card than a fx5600 for around £70 ish

suggestions :) ?

GrahamGarside 7th January, 2005 05:25 AM

I don't think you would be very impressed with the upgrade of a 5700LE over a 5600, the trouble is the 5700's are realy overpriced for the performance they offer.
If you would consider an ATI card then you can get a 9700 Pro for £90, a bit more than the budgetted but unfortunately that price range is sorely lacking in any good value cards

You could hold off for a bit and wait and see if the 5900XT's come down in price or look on ebay for one

piccoLEW 7th January, 2005 05:59 AM

thanks. i dont think i should go buying any more gfx card anyway, i'm gonna hold off for a bit.

Chernobyl 7th January, 2005 04:47 PM


Originally Posted by piccoLEW
thanks. i dont think i should go buying any more gfx card anyway, i'm gonna hold off for a bit.

Wise decision.
If you can get a FX5900 (not the XT) cheap, it will be better value for money. Most clock quite well too. My old XFX FX5900 clocked beyond Ultra speeds, but beware, any FX card cannot handle DirectX9 calls at 24bit shader precision, running them at the slower 32bit. ie Halflife 2. There are mods to make Halflife2 work better with 16bit precision, its not always straight forward though.

Other than that I would save for at least a 6600 or 6800 256MB.
To be honest, I would only recommend these 2 now if buying a new card (or the ATI equivelant if you are so inclined).
Use RivaTuner to unlock pipelines/shaders that have been disabled on the less than GT cards. You should get something extra for free.
Theres always clocking too ;)

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