Video Cards: March 2004 Recommendations

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Last review of these I did in early January, so time for the 2Q04 recommendations. As usual, “Digit-Life”:http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/digest3d/index.html has the very best comprehensive review. Here’s a quick summary. These figures were done with an Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Not much change here since January, no major new releases. These prices are as of March 9 at “Pricegrabber”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/page_id=5/ut=1813184029de13f6
| Card | Call of Duty 1260×1024 | Call of Duty 1024×768 Aniso+aa | Price |
| Radeon 9800 XT 256MB o/c 460/780 | 233.1 | 161.9 | $434 |
| Radeon 9800 Pro 128 MB 380/680 | 201.0 | 139.3 | $204 |
| GeForceFX 5900 Ultra 256MB 450/850 | 184.8 | 131.7 | $229 |
| GeForceFX 5900XT 128MB 400/700 | 135.4 | 110.3 | $183 |
| GeForceFX 5700 Ultra 128MB 475/900 | 133.5 | 92.9 | $172 |
| Radeon 9600 XT 128MB 500/600 | 114.7 | 81.5 | $174 |
| GeForceFX 5700 128MB 425/550 | 106.4 | 79.0 | $135 |
| Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB 400/600 | 102 | 64.7 | $125 |
| Radeon 9600 128MB 325/400 | 76.1 | 47.8 | $103 |
| Radeon 9800 SE 128MB 325/540 | 73.6 | 61.8 | $137 |
| Radeon 9600 SE 128MB 325/400 | 42.3 | 28.1 | $73 |
Based on this, you can see the best buys performance wise are:
* “ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=704418/blsrt=1/ut=1813184029de13f6 at $204. This is last years stock, so a great buy.
* “Chaintech GEForceFX 5700”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=2045284/blsrt=1/ut=1813184029de13f6 at $135
* “Power Color 9600 Pro”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=987780/ut=18131004d2bbfa02 at $124. These are last years stock, so a great buy.
* “Saphire Radeon 9600”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=1382828/ut=18131004d2bbfa02 at $103 as last years stock.

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