Originally posted by helpmehelpu
[B]so fx5200 is better compared to ti4200 ?? (neglecting the price difference)
back to square one :Z [/B]
Do you want your card NOW : I'd recommend a GeForce 4 Ti4200. Good price and good quality. There's practically no game that will not run smoothly on a nice configured system with a Ti4200 in it. I have one myself (Aopen Aeolus Ti4200 8XAGP) , which was about $200 then.
But i have had the luxury of trying out a GeForce Quadro4 FX1000 (the FX gpu). Guess what ? Not one difference regarding image quality and speed compared to the GeForce 4 Ti4200 i have.
I have been playing BF1942 , Medal Of Honor , Will Rock , Quake 3 , etc on it and there is absolutely no difference in speed , stability or performance when comparing the $200 card with the $1200 card.
I cannot execute the Dawn demo on my "middleclass" Ti4200 card. Dawn uses a complete different approach regarding 3d technology.
(Yes.. i am aware ATI has made a nice tool so that they can run Dawn at their cards as well and that it runs even better. I don't care. I'm talking about technology differences here , not any kind of emulation/translation)
You can safely bet that nVidia will try to persuade the software developers to use this nice and easy different 3d technology. You can try this yourself by reading all about the Cg (C for graphics) language nVidia has made open source.
So , IF for instance Electronic Arts decides to use the Cg and the FX technology in the future AND you bought an Fx card , you'll be very very happy you did. If Electronic Arts decides to be overall compatible , your Ti4200 card will work , any ATI card will work and Fx cards may even be slower than you anticipated.
Overall , i do think it's better for NOW to purchase a Ti4200 card rather than a Fx card , but who can tell what will be the case in 4 months ? Perhaps new detonator drivers will greatly increase the Fx card and nVidia decides to not longer support the Ti series.
It's your money , you decide.
But don't be fooled by fill ratings , frames per second or any other kind of cool excel graphics that all the experts show you.