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Aug 14, 2002, 12:50 AM
Wondering if people who have some objective data on this topic would respond to my query:

What card from ATI or nVidia offers the best balance of 3D and 2D acceleration under $300?

Would love to hear from people who've experienced the difference with these puppies and could include some links (if possible) to online references.

Have a machine coming with the Geforce4MX/32 and want to replace it with a kickass 64 MB GPU that will make Jaguar and FCP and After Effects and Unreal Tournament and other demanding FPS games ROCK. Thanks in advance.
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Aug 14, 2002, 12:55 AM
sorry to tell you bud, but there is none- thats the big gap in the mac video card market, which pretty much sucks anyway. get ripped off for a geforce4 titanium(best mac card availlable), get a now cheaper but 3d performance limited radeon 8500(about 180 bucks now), or be even cheaper and get a 9000 pro(which is sissing some features of the 8500).

Thats what we dedicated mac folks get to enjoy- good cards, limited choices, and crappy motherboards and opengl drivers that are missing many of the features that the pc folks enjoy.

so you too, now, ENJOY!!
"enjoy yer macs, cuz we are all f*ing
dead in the end....oh, and f* microsoft/
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Aug 14, 2002, 01:12 AM
the 8500 is EASILY the sweet spot for Mac video cards. The Geforce4 Ti is too expensive...but it is the best. The 8500 is great. You can get a pc version for 80 bucks, flash it, and it will work in a powermac
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Aug 14, 2002, 01:34 AM
D'oh. Guess there's no rush, then. I'll see how the GeForce 4MX performs and wait for better stuff. Kind of cool about the 8500 "flashing"...I'll have to read that huge thread. Thanks guys.
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