New Video Cards


#1

Anybody know where I can find one of the new crop of Faster video cards

I have tried most places(shops and Guang hua area) but the most common and in stock card are the

NVidia based Ti4200 - 64mb

I am looking for a ATI Radeon9700pro or 9500pro based card. (128mb)

As many of the big manufacturers are here in Taiwan, you’d imagine it would be easy.

Thanks


#2

Can I (not) answer unhelpfully with a question. I’m in the market for a card upgrade too. What’s a typical price for a 64k or 128k card here?


#3

My friend used to sell a hacked Elsa Gloria III. Cost about 4000 = 5000 NT. If you’re interested, I’d give him a call.

Hacked Gloria III work best for Maya and video editing.

ax


#4

There’s one shop on Ba Deh (near Gwang Hwa) that has everything from a TNT2 up to a Radeon 9700. Don’t have the name on me, but it’s one with a bunch of cases stacked out front and security sensors on the sides of the doors.

I recall that the 9500 Pro was around 6,700NT and the 9700 was 11,000+

JPCL, further down Ba Deh almost to the freeway, also has the cards at a higher price. Their web site is http://www.jpcl.com.tw

64MB cards are 2500(GF4 MX440)-7000NT. 128MB run 3500-10,000+


#5

Geforce4 MX is an UPgrade ? :shock: Geforce 3’s are more powerful

Lots of things are made here that we’re not worthy of buying :unamused:
I couldn’t find a Geforce4 for ages after they came out abroad. I have seen other ATI stuff for sale in Taiwan so there is a chance


#6

[quote=“MatthewH”]
Geforce4 MX is an UPgrade ? :shock: Geforce 3’s are more powerful

Lots of things are made here that we’re not worthy of buying :unamused:
I couldn’t find a Geforce4 for ages after they came out abroad. I have seen other ATI stuff for sale in Taiwan so there is a chance[/quote]

Well…if you were previously using a TNT2, it’s an upgrade. Sure, the GF3 is more powerful, but you’ll also pay about $1000NT more for it.

High-end items don’t get released in Taiwan for a while because there isn’t a large-enough gamer population (with disposable income) to support the demand. This happens with CPUs, vid cards and sound cards because they’re priced essentially the same as in the US. This creates the situation where I can buy a GF3 Ti500 after 7 hours of work but a Taiwanese kid will toil 35 hours at the gas station.

If you really want high-end items and have a budget to match, Sunfar (Taipei Main Station and Ba Deh) and TKEC(the yellow 3C stores) are the places to go.


#7

go to shop number 74-76 in Guang hua market, last weekend I saw 9500 Pro card there.


#8

[quote=“MatthewH”]

Geforce4 MX is an UPgrade ? :shock: Geforce 3’s are more powerful[/quote]

I have one Celeron 800 box with a TNT2 and one P4 2.0ghz with a Ge4 and UT installed on both. Guess which one gets the better framerate and at higher resolution :shock:


#9

The advice here is a little confusing. I want to upgrade my 32mb TNT2 to run Flight Simulatar 2002 more smoothly. It seems I’m better off getting a Geforce 3 not a 4?


#10

then also make sure to upgrade your HDD, flight Sim takes 2GB. So buy a 80GB 7200RPM Ultra ATA 100 or 133.


#11

A GF3 Tixxx will outperform a GF4 MXxxx. It really depends on how much money you want to spend. It’s pretty safe to say that the more you spend, the better framerates you’ll get. However, the scaling is not linear.

These benchmarks from Tom’s Hardware will give you an idea: http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20021218/index.html


#12

If you can hold off another month of two, it may be worthwhile to get a GeForce FX card. The capabilities of this new breed of 3d card are truly awe inspiring :slight_smile:

The cost however is bound to be out of reach to most of us :frowning: