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1. ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT Video
$332.29 list($329.99)
2. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 GT, 256MB
$73.14 list($149.99)
3. eVGA NVIDIA e-GeForce FX 5500
$222.01 list()
4. ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 Graphics
$230.84 $157.00 list($159.99)
5. ATI Technologies 100-435002 Radeon
$87.39 $83.99 list($99.86)
6. ATI Technologies Radeon 9200 128MB
$862.79
7. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra, 256MB
$412.29 list($359.99)
8. PNY Technologies NVIDIA GeForce
$431.96
9. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 GT, 256MB
$487.34 $449.95 list()
10. Radeon X850 Xt Platinum Edition
$167.99 $145.00 list()
11. ATI Technologies Radeon 9600 XT
$260.29 $230.00 list($279.99)
12. ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro 128
$399.99 list($409.99)
13. ATI RADEON X800 Pro 256 Graphics
$229.89 list($244.99)
14. eVGA e-GeForce 6800, 128MB DDR,
$108.29 $80.00 list()
15. ATI Technologies Radeon 9600 SE
$440.00 list($459.99)
16. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra, 256MB
$310.45 $289.99 list()
17. ATI RADEON® X800XL 256mb AGP Graphics
$349.00
18. ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 XT
$229.23 list()
19. ATI TECH FIREGL T2-128 128MB AGP-VID
$208.47 $194.99 list()
20. ATI Technologies ALL-IN-WONDER

1. ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT Video Card
by ATI Technologies
list price: $389.99
our price: $379.99
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Asin: B0006BC57O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 1369
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

All-In-Wonder X800 XT Video Card, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR ... Read more

Features

  • Comes bundled with feature-enhancing software for video capture, editing, and 3-D graphics capabilities
  • Turn your computer into a personal video recorder (PVR), DVD player, 3D game machine, radiojukebox and more
  • Built upon the award-winning powerful RADEON X800 Visual Processing Unit
  • Instant viewing of up to 125 channels of cable or antenna broadcasts with TV-On-Demand and FM-On-Demand
  • Capture, create and edit your own personal movies or right on your PC and burn the results to DVD

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Power card...
This card was not built nor meant to be sold to the "casual" computer user...this is a monster card. Graphically, when paired with a comprable processor this is hard to stop. It runs Doom 3, Half Life 2, Swat 4, any intense graphic game I've thrown at it. You can run at high resolutions or low. This card adds the built in TV tuner to the already outstanding power package, where you can connect a cable wire and WATCH tv on your screen! Priceless if you ask me. For the price you are getting a LOT of technology. ... Read more


2. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 GT, 256MB DDR3, DVI/TV-Out, AGP 8x (256-A8-N344-AX)
by EVGA
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B0002MW00Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: EVGA
Sales Rank: 8793
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The GeForce 6800 GPUs deliver powerful, elegant graphics to drench your senses, immersing you in unparalleled worldsof visual effects. ... Read more

Features

  • MPEG2 Decode Acceleration
  • CineFX Engine
  • Intellisample
  • Multi-display Option
  • Digital Vibrance Control

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best video card I have ever had.
This video card is the best thing ever, it never misses a step on any of the new age games. Everything is so clear and detailed, you should definately get this card.The only strange thing is Amazon.com changed the price it was $385.99 and now it's $407.99, I find that kind of strange, but I'm sure they have their reasons.Still an awsome card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review the right product
I opened this box and found it out that it was a 6800GT card.It was not a 4200 card...seriously, would the previous reviewer please remove his review as it has NOTHING to do with this product?

On another note, this card is AWESOME and is worth every 38,599 pennies.

5-0 out of 5 stars I got this sweet card and it ROCKS!!!
this is the biggest breakthough in games that I had. It's even greater than the change it made when I swapped a Trident 1MB PCI card to a 3dfx voodoo 3 3300 ten years ago. all games' performance fly around, and frame-rates are really high. opposed to earlier geForce versions, this one has great IQ (Anisotropic F. rocks!!!) do you wanna play troble-free, get this card. you won't regret it. this is simply gr8!!! ... Read more


3. eVGA NVIDIA e-GeForce FX 5500 256 MB, 128 bit DDR AGP 8X VGA/DVI/TV Video Card (256-A8-N313-LX)
by EVGA
list price: $149.99
our price: $73.14
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Asin: B0002F8SOS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: EVGA
Sales Rank: 286
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

eVGA GeForce FX 5500 Video Card The nVidia GeForce FX 5500 Chip, is a GPU that will unleash stunning 3D worlds for the mainstream. Powered by the same advanced technology and features as the rest of the FX family, the e-GeForce FX 5500 delivers studio-quality color and amazing cinematic gaming effects. With 128MB or 256MB of video memory and the latest nVidia Technology, such as the CineFX Engine and High-Precision Graphics, the e-GeForce FX 5500 offers a lot in a small package. ... Read more

Features

  • MPEG2 Decode Acceleration
  • CineFX Engine
  • Intellisample
  • Multi-display Option
  • Digital Vibrance Control

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars great card
We got this card for our new HP, because there were certain games I wanted to play like HL2, and Doom3.The preformance upgrade was like night and day over my MX400.It isn't top of the line, but running Doom 3 on 1024*768, 8x AA, and high video settings, I was able to score 23 fps on the time demo.When I overclocked this card to 320/450 opposed to hte standard 270/400, I saw on average, a 5-10 fps jump in all my games.After that, the only time HL2 lagged was when I was near water, and even then I could still score 25fps.Doom 3 shot up from 23fps to 28, which makes a large difference in gameplay smoothness.Overall, not the best card if your going to be gaming a lot, unless you plan to overclock.But still can handle todays generation of games very nicely, with room to spare.All together, 8 out of 10 stars.


My other specs-
AMD ATHLON 64 3300+ running at 2.4GHz
512MB COrsair PC3200
Maxtor 160GB 7200rpm hd
1024*768 16 inch LCD

5-0 out of 5 stars Good budget buy.
Graphics quality is very high, FPS are good but not great. Very easy to install and rather cheap. Lacking anything interesting in the bundle but that is acceptable. Over all its a excellent card at a very good price. Comparativly on my system it is out performing my now-dead 9800 Pro by a significant amount. Runs much cooler, as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome upgrade
After buying some new games like LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth and Half-Life 2 and running them, but knowing they could look soooo much better, I looked into an upgrade. I've got a 2.5 gHZ pentium 4 and 1 GB RAM, and with card I was able to crank up all my games to the highest quality setting. they look freakin unbelievable -- Great card, great price!

3-0 out of 5 stars Gray lines is a joke
Please don't listen to the guy complaining obout gray lines on his nVidia video card. The card he was using was a RIVA TNT card that came out in 1998. Get a life.

I have owned nVidia products for years with no problem. I have a PNY geforce2-ti-4200 now and have had no problems whatsoever period.

The problem is most likely a cheap manufacturer, since nVidia licenses its tech to 3rd parties for production. Buy the card from a reputable manufacturer like eVGA, ASUS, LeadTek, Chaintech, or MSI.

By the way, if you're looking for the best framerate, look elswhere, the 5200-5600 series were meant for a value market, not top-end gaming framerate. If you want to play Doom-3, and Halflife-2 best info I have is to buy at least a fx5900 ultra 256mb.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy any NVidia product
I had a NVidia graphics card that came with my computer. After a period of 2...3 years, I developed a problem that made gray streaks appear on my screen. After replacing the monitor, changing drivers, I realized that it was a graphic card problem. Since then, I've found that many people (one example: http://www.nocrash.com/ncbbs/msgs/157.shtml) have had this problem with NVidia cards. ... Read more


4. ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 Graphics Card (Pro Mac Edition)
by ATI Technologies

our price: $222.01
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Asin: B0000AQNX8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 3136
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed specifically for users of Apple's Power Mac desktop systems (Mac OS X version 10.2.5 or higher), the ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition graphics card takes visual realism and performance for games and 3D animation to exciting new heights. The Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition offers full OpenGL support and full floating-point architecture to deliver all the performance and power of the standard Radeon 9800 Pro, with the added feature of ATI's VersaVision display rotation, a versatile dual display configurable for either landscape or portrait display.

With 8 parallel rendering pipelines, a 256-bit memory interface, and 128 MB double-data-rate (DDR) memory, the card is capable of executing up to 8.4 billion instructions per second and delivering an astounding 21 GB per second of memory bandwidth. The graphics board's display flexibility supports multiple displays through its VGA, DVI, and S-video outputs.

SmoothVision anti-aliasing technology enhances image quality using programmable multi-sampling methods to post-process graphics before they are actually displayed. SmartShader makes both the geometry- and pixel-processing stages more programmable than ever so developers can easily create new graphics effects while maintaining high performance. Finally, Hyper Z makes Z-buffer bandwidth usage more efficient by decreasing the amount of information sent to the frame buffer.

VersaVision lets you rotate your display while maintaining the full feature set of other ATI 2D and 3D technologies. ATI's hardware-accelerated display rotation and scaling technology allows for rotation left or right by 90 degrees, or you can flip it upside down for a full 180-degree rotation. Relative Rotation allows you to rotate the contents of your display. The card maintains full 3D support regardless of your selected rotation. (A revert button undoes all changes and sets everything to the original state or last known good setting.)

Note: Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition only displays 3D graphics in thousands and millions of colors. When you set your display to 256 colors, this will affect Finder, OpenGL, Quartz Extreme, and QuickTime acceleration. ... Read more

Features

  • View computer output directly on your television with advanced flicker reduction and artifact suppression
  • Flexible dual-display support enabling many combinations using VGA and DVI connectors for analog and digital displays
  • OpenGL accelerator provides superior 3D rendering and advanced imaging and filtering techniques
  • DVD acceleration ensures high-bitrate, low-CPU-usage playback at any resolution; QuickTime playback accelerator for DVD-quality video
  • Enjoy true-color 32-bit 2D or 3D graphics up to 2,048 x 1,536; TV-out support via S-video connector

5. ATI Technologies 100-435002 Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
by ATI Technologies
list price: $159.99
our price: $230.84
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Asin: B00008ZPJP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 3377
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

RADEON™ 9800 Series of visual processors is the most visually advanced 3D performer on the planet. ... Read more

Features

  • Experience feature film quality on your PC, the new standard in 3-D entertainment.
  • Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0, OpenGL feature sets and the only cinematic quality Visual Processing Unit in its 2nd generation
  • Featuring CATALYST, the industry's most stable 3-D acceleration software
  • Compatible with Windows 2000, Me, XP

Reviews (25)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not really an ATI ORIGINAL
It is presented as an original ATI RADEON card, when it is really a JETWAY card with the 9800 chipset.

Please considered it, you are betting 160 dollars on a chineese product.

AMAZON and global computing should make clear what are you buying.


4-0 out of 5 stars Very good AGP videocard
This PC videocard is still a very good upgrade for those not willing to invest in a complete system upgrade or don't care about 1200x768 resolution with 6X Anti-Aliasing, etc. Image display & playability with majority of games out on market is very good. Games such as Far Cry, Painkiller, Half Life 2, Diablo II, Doom 3, Halo, Warcraft 3, Sims 2, etc. all play wonderfully with some video setting tweaking, game patches & driver updates.

I have this installed in a PC with the Soyo KT600 Dragon Ultra PE mobo, 512MBx2 Geil PC3200/400MHz VRam, Athlon XP 2600+ Barton 1.92GHz CPU, Seagate 160GB HDD 7200 RPM, Thermaltake 480W PSU, and other needed components. Being my mobo has mfr listed compatibility issues I'm running this card AGP 4X and these are my benchmarks: 3DMark05 2800, 3DMark01SE 14500, AquaMark 30000, PCMark04 5000, & 3DMark03 ?. System is running at stock settings no OCing of any kind and its decent for gaming all within warranty. Even at AGP 4X this beats out my ATi AIW 9600XT AGP 8X in display appeal and frames.

This and other mid to high-end cards however may only slightly improve game performance if you are running an older system with lots of bottleneck, but still improvements should be decent regardless. *Dell owners may have to request/buy stronger powersupply units from Dell to fully support cards power consumption demand. Most low to mid range performance Dell PCs are equipped with only standard min 250W PSU so system lock ups, restarts, blue screen, and other symptoms may occur. There are many variations of this card from many mfr's so try other vendors such as NewEgg.com for lower prices. The only major advantage of buying "Built by ATi" instead of "Powered by ATi" is the 3 yr ATi mfr warranty that not all 3rd party mfr do not offer. Same technology just differ warranty, but for this listed price I'd probably buy Nvidia GeForce 6600GT AGP instead. If you insist on this vcard then pair this with at least 1 GB of RAM and your gaming will be joyful. Also defrag your drives while your at it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best card for under $200
I spent a long time deciding between this card and the Nvidia Geforce FX5900.The last time I got an ATI card it was a nightmare.My ATI All-in-wonder card was plagued with constant lockups and slow downs.

With that being said, I was very wary of putting another ATI card in my system.I had always been happy with Nvidia, so the choice should have been obvious, but I did extensive research and my results prompted me to give ATI another chance.I purchased the 9800 Pro from ebay for a steal at $150 for my PC build.I must say it is worth every penny.

All of my games run smoothly on my Athlon 3000+ with 1GB ram.The only problem I had with this card is that I could not get it to run Doom 3 right out of the box.The game would always crash to the desktop when I tried to start a new game.No other games gave me any problem except doom 3.I searched the internet and found that many others were having problems with this card and Doom 3.I found and downloaded some third party drivers that fixed the problem.Doom 3 runs very good on my system now and doesnt crawl along as I expected it to.I haven't played Doom 3 too much after getting it working, because I haven't really gotten into the game as of yet.However I have been playing other games like Halo and quake 3 and I am amazed at the crispness, and brillant colors.These games run very smooth and quick with no slowdowns or choppiness whatsoever.

ATI may have won me back as a customer, but only time will tell.

5-0 out of 5 stars PCI Express is an unknown technology
I don't even have this card, just felt the PCI Express loving guy is pretty stupid.There are no cards out so how in the heII do you know that it's so much better than AGP.AGP 1x to 8x there barely is a performance increase and with computers still coming out with AGP these cards will be supported for a few years to come.

1-0 out of 5 stars PCI express is the future
If you have waited until now to get this graphic card, you should wait just for few more weeks.The PCI express is the only way to go.I guess by the end of this year, AGP will be a thing of the past.Which means your next computer purchase will not be able to use this card. ... Read more


6. ATI Technologies Radeon 9200 128MB Video Graphics Card
by ATI Technologies
list price: $99.86
our price: $87.39
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Asin: B00009KTMA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 2577
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

RADEON 9200 series delivers a dazzling visual experience with the highest performance in its class. ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated display controllers to drive two monitors simultaneously
  • Four rendering pipelines for the fastest 3D gaming performance in its class
  • Full support for the AGP 8X standard doubles available bandwidth for more engaging characters and environments
  • 128MB of DDR memory
  • HYDRAVISION, ATI's multi-monitor management software, effortlessly organizes and controls display configurations for CRTs, screens and flat panel displays

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Needed 2 Video Displays - Good Value
I was amazed that the one DVI output actually is compatible to VGA display - What's the mystery to all these XYZ exotic-sounding different "standards"?
DVI, VGA what's the difference if a $3 passive gender-switcher can handle the signals between 'em?

ATI's Hypervision software handles my 2 CRTs seamlessly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great!
I bought this a week ago because I was itching to play Doom 3, and it worked! I'm not really a hardcore gamer, but it met all my expectations. It runs all of my favorite games, old and new, quite efficiently. If you're one of the people with a 64 megabyte card who wants to upgrade, this is the card for you, unless you want to pay obscene amounts of money for a 256 meg card. And don't get an NVIDIA, they have severe I/O problems. Its much more worth you money if you get this, or any other ATI model.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great video card for a great price
I bought my Radeon 9200 through newegg.com and it works just fine for what I use it for.I get an average of about 40fps on mostly medium and high quality settings on Half-Life 2, nearly flawless on Battlefield: 1942, and I had an average of 60fps on high quality for Call of Duty.If your in need of a new video card, or just trying to get one so you won't have to use onboard anymore, go with the 9200 and move up when some of the higher end cards prices go down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great card..just needs a good owner
Bought this card about 4-5 months ago and I have to say it's an amazing card you just need to know how to gain its full potential. The drivers supplied are to say the least OUT OF DATE! Go directly to http://www.guru3d.com and get the latest ATI omega drivers these are fine tweaked to a higher spec than any made by ATI and also allow you to overclock your card. I overclocked mine to almost 300mhz core and 250mhz mem now I can play Half Life 2 (All settings on high no jumping or stuttering) and Doom 3 on High with no side effects. Now for the money this card is a bargain just dont give up on it at face value. It is a nifty little card that can compete with cards 10x it's price it has all latest features (2004/05). I couldnt recommend this card more. Also omega drivers are compatible for all ATI cards so the graphics are getting faster and smoother every month.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money!
Just last September, I went from 64 Mb to this 128 mb 9200 SE card in hopes of playing Doom 3, and in preparation for Half-Life 2. First off, it was horrible playing Doom 3, even after re-authoring the game, and some tweaks I found on gaming sites. I IMMEDIATELY was disgusted having paid $70 (after rebates), and bought a nVidia FX 5700 LE 256 Mb for about $115. I can now play all the high end games I want (albeit at medium settings). So, spend a little more and get a medium price card. ... Read more


7. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra, 256MB DDR3, Dual DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express (256-P2-N377-AX)
by EVGA

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Asin: B0007NI2B4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: EVGA
Sales Rank: 34240
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Product Description

MODEL- 256-P2-N377-AX VENDOR- eVGAFEATURES- GeForce 6800 UltraPCI-Express GeForce PCX 6800 Ultra 256MB DDR3 Graphics Card withDual DVI ports and S-Video port.The groundbreaking NVIDIA GeForce 6800 graphics processing units(GPUs) and their revolutionary technologies power worlds wherereality and fantasy meet; worlds in which new standards are set forvisual realism and quality, performance, and video functionality.The GeForce 6800 GPUs deliver powerful, elegant graphics to drenchyour senses, immersing you in unparalleled worlds of visual effectsfor the ultimate PC experience. * By registering your new card online at http:// ... Read more

Features

  • Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and with support for PCI Express
  • Delivers ultra-realistic effects, unmatched features, and rock-solid stability; 400 MHz clock
  • 256MB 256-bit 1.6ns (8x32) DDR3 Memory (550MHz clock - 1.1GHz effective)
  • CineFX 3.0 engine; UltraShadow II technology; integrated TV encoder
  • Superscalar 16-Pipe GPU architecture; Adaptable programmable video processor

8. PNY Technologies NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Graphics Processing Unit (256 MB, DDR3)
by PNY Technologies
list price: $359.99
our price: $412.29
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Asin: B0002KU5J4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PNY Technologies
Sales Rank: 7022
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Verto GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR3 ... Read more

Features

  • Superscaler GPU architecture delivers 8x the shading power of previous-generation products for screaming gaming performance
  • NVIDIA CineFX 3.0 engine powers the next generation of cinematic realism; full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
  • On-chip video processor with full MPEG support and features such as advanced adaptive de-interlacing delivers smooth video and DVD playback
  • 256-bit DDR3 memory interface with advanced memory control to power the latest games and applications at blazing speeds
  • 128-bit studio-precision color computation through the entire pipeline ensures the highest image quality

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good card for the Money
I bought this card now about 5 months ago and it still amazes me. I have it hooked up to a 3.2 gig P4 with a Samsung SyncMaster 213T. I had no idea what I was missing before I had this set up. Doom 3 and especially Half Life 2 are amazing at full resolution , 1600x1200. The card's digital connection is the way to go. This grapichs card is well worth the money I think. Plus it has a lifetime guarantee. I guess that's fine but with technology advancing the way it does, I can't imagine that would be a reason to buy this, it did however make me feel comfortable that for the next couple of years I don't have to worry about it frying. I have a clear case and the blue cool cathode light on the fans look awesome as well. No crashes or issues that I have noticed since installed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value Around
This card was not intially slated for release, but because of ATi's X800 Pro Nvidia had to respond with a $400 card of its own. To put it simply this card owns. The diffrence between this and the Ultra is marginal at best. I reclocked this card to Ultra speeds and fell only 300 3DMark03 points behind an ultra.

This card comes with 16 pipelines active, 4 more than the X800 Pro. A 350Mhz Core clock and i believe either 450 or 500Mhz memory, both of which can be reclocked using coolbits (serach google if you don't know what that is).

It also contains the DirectX 9.0c spec which i currently use with Need For Speed Underground 2. And this card performs AMAZING absolutely 0 frame lag @ 1600x1200 and max detail, its that fast.

Point blank: if you don't want to speedn $550+ for an ultra this is your only choice, the 6800GT. Even if your considering an Ultra do you want to pay $150 for 5 more FPS? There is that little diffrence between the 2 :P

Check out www.tomshardware.com and search 6800GT for an apples to apple comparison of 6800GT and 6800 Ultra. ... Read more


9. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 GT, 256MB DDR3, Dual DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express (256-P2-N376-AX)
by EVGA

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Asin: B0006I92V4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: EVGA
Sales Rank: 31585
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Product Description

The groundbreaking new NVIDIA GeForce 6800 graphics processing units (GPUs) and their revolutionary technologies power worlds where reality and fantasy meet; worlds in which new standards are set for visual realism and quality, performance, and video functionality. The GeForce 6800 GPUs deliver powerful, elegant graphics to drench your senses, immersing you in unparalleled worlds of visual effects for the ultimate PC experience. ... Read more

Features

  • Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and with support for PCI Express
  • Delivers ultra-realistic effects, unmatched features, and rock-solid stability; 350 MHz clock
  • 256MB 256-bit 2ns (8x32) DDR3 Memory (500MHz clock - 1GHz effective)
  • CineFX 3.0 engine; UltraShadow II technology; integrated TV encoder
  • Superscalar 16-Pipe GPU architecture; Adaptable programmable video processor

10. Radeon X850 Xt Platinum Edition 256 Mb Agp
by ATI Technologies

our price: $487.34
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Asin: B0009B0GIG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 15114
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

RADEON X850 XT PLATINUM 256MB AGP ... Read more

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Check the Return Policy
Every few years or so, I go all out and buy myself the "top of the line" graphics card.Being a gamer, I see it as a great investment and a way to ensure that I can always play the newest games without problems.

I bought the Radeon X850 XT PE after reading lots of reviews that hyped it as being the best card on the market.Once I got this card home, I figured installing it would be a snap.Boy was I wrong.

I first worked on removing all of the video drivers from my system (a must when upgrading video cards), then I installed the hardware.The card fit perfectly, and my comp booted just fine.I followed the instructions step by step and installed the drivers and software from the bundled CD, but I had lots of graphical glitches.So many that I could barely even read my screen.Then I uninstalled and started from scratch.No go.I then downloaded the newest Radeon drivers (they were newer than the bundled CD).After installing them, my computer would not even boot unless I started in safe mode.While the card seem to be recognized just fine by windows [xp pro], it seems as thought the software (Catalyst Control Center) and drivers just refused to recognize the card.

I spent about 4 hours working on it and did extensive searches on the web.It seems that althought the cards' specs say it is AGP 4x/8x compatible, it is not.My motherboard apparently has issues with ANYTHING over 4x.I suppose I could have gone further and contacted ATI support, but they are only open 9-7 Eastern time and this was on the weekend.Besides that-- when I pay over $500 for a card, I EXPECT an easy install.I was not willing to devote ANY more of my time trying to make this work.

Afterwards, I uninstalled the Radeon drivers, and reinstalled my old GeForce4 4600ti.I installed the (Nvidia) card and drivers and the entire process took about 2 minutes.I was really bummed that I couldn't use this card, but after buying it, I definitely didn't have the cash to upgrade my mobo, buy a new processor and RAM.If you are thinking about purchasing this card, do some searches on the web to find people that own this card AND your specific model of motherboard.Or... make sure the place you buy from has a good return policy.

Good Luck ... Read more


11. ATI Technologies Radeon 9600 XT 128 MB DDR Video Adapter
by ATI Technologies

our price: $167.99
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Asin: B0000T70TU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 11442
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Explore stunning new worlds of cinematic gameplay with the unprecedented combination of power, performance, and Microsoft DirectX 9 optimized support featured in RADEON 9600 family of visual processors. Maximize your long-term entertainment value with its Quad-pipe architecture and high precision cinematic shaders that will upgrade expectations for devoted gamers and casual fans alike - and push the most compelling next-generation games to their limit.Prepare yourself for cinematic levels of realism, backed by 128MB of DDR memory delivering barrier-free entertainment. Optimized Microsoft DirectX 9 support delivers jaw-dropping immersive gameplay, interactivity, and 3D environments in the most compelling next-generation games. Powered by the advanced rendering power of ATI's cinematic Visual Processing Unit (VPU), RADEON 9600 Series is designed to deliver long-term entertainment value. ... Read more

Features

  • Unprecedented mainstream power with a powerful base of four rendering pipelines and two geometry engines
  • Inspiring cinematic quality with the latest advances in ATI engineering
  • Full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0, the industry-leading API for the most wanted gaming titles
  • Next-generation gameplay backed by the power and stability of CATALYST software suite

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great deal for gamers on a budget
I didn't really have a chance to shop around and had to choose between this, a X800, or a nVidia 6800GT, that was it.Given my income and rig (a P4 2.4) i didn't think bleeding edge was what the doctor ordered, so I said what the hell and ditched the old GF ti4600.

Well, ho-lee crap, what's that about an average 67fps in Half-Life 2 with all detail settings turned up, 4XAA, 8XAF @ 1024x768?MORE than happy with those numbers for the price.How about Doom3 at 800x600 detail medium-high at steady above 60fps?Not too bad for a 2 year old rig.

The Catalyst software suite is very nice, though since nVidia also makes great drivers these days it's kind of a moot point.One thing to note, using ATI's Overdrive utility I have experienced some system hangs, particularly in HL2.Switched to Powerstrip and now I've got it lethally Oc'd on factory cooling and stable as a coffeetable... go figure.

In short, this card will run any of the current gen of games well enough for 99.9% of gamers.With full DX9 compatability, it's even got a shot at next-gen titles.Highly overclockable, well-priced, and reliable as can be.Great buy!

3-0 out of 5 stars is it the card or is it the game?
okay here goes, playing the lord of the rings the battle for middle-earth on high setting have had lag on the game.I don't know if it the game or my graphic card.I play C&C general with the same engine use by ME(middle earth) and it play perfect, and delta force black hawk down, play perfect.This is the second game that did have lag on a single player mission and when it load the menu, even lag on the loading.So i was wondering do you think it the game fault (Middle-earth) or is it the graphic card? i know for sure that it not my computer because it new!Last but not least the only other game i couldn't play that froze was rise of nation(and all of this is single player mission, and never online) so please help me out.I'm thinking of returning it for a nvidia graphic card, what do you guy/any expert think? I don't really know much about graphic card but my friend did have a problem with his and he return it for a nvidia(i forgot which one, the same price as this, about 200 bucks) and he has it for 1 years now and it work perfect, even play the lords of the ring better than this one, using the same games, so i think it the graphic card fault.

i'm sorry that this isn't a review, more of a question, but if you ask me, go with a nvidia graphic card, you can't go wrong, and now most game including the battle for middle earth has nvidia on the box saying the way it was meant to be play, so i'm regretting buying this card.I read so many review saying it better than nvidia, and now this, and even one of my friend, work with graphic cards, say that a ati card is faster but not as reliable as a nvidia graphic cards.All i can say, is i feel rip-off, the best card, i sure don't think so.

i hope this help
my aim is eckoballers2, and if you got the answer to my above question, please aim me.

5-0 out of 5 stars BOOM, BABAY!!
I have a 1.33GHz AMD DDR Athlon with 512Mb RAM.Slow by many standards.With my stock graphics card, playing online flight sims was a joke - even when I lowered the resolution to the 2nd-to-lowest position.So, I was flying a boxy plane and STILL couldn't get the frame rate to shoot anyone down.

Rather than look into a new computer, I gave this a try.Installation was a little tricky for someone as computer-illiterate as I am, but I did it all by myself (ie., if you know ANYTHING about these cards, then you're a step ahead of me).

Bottom line, I can now place my resolution settings to "High" and get ultra-smooth frame rates.If I bump it up to "Highest" the frame rate is a little slower, but still better than what I had with my stock card and "Low " settings before.

I was told that this card is the best for your buck and has a really nice clock speed compared to many other cards (even 256MB cards).

Get this one while the gettin's good.

rich

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had this for about three months now, and all I can say is WOW! Best one I have ever had and its easy to use! I recommend this to all who need a new video card.

1-0 out of 5 stars I guess I got a lemon 9600 XT
I bought this video card a number of months ago and have had nothing but trouble. I've tried everything to get it to work for my games (even less complicated RTS games) but nothing has helped. I have tried it on two different computers, both P4 and AMD Athlon XP systems. I added a nice Enermax 420 watt power supply. Then I added another case fan (a total of 2) because Tech support thought it was a heat problem. Nothing has helped. Tech support for both Transend (who made the card) and ATI has been helpful but now I must send it back. The problem with this is that Transcend said it could take weeks to get a replacement so I have to do without a video card in my computer for that long! Too bad because now I have a bad taste in my mouth for ATI cards. I haven't had a problem with Nvidia cards. ... Read more


12. ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro 128 MB 4X AGP Graphics Card
by ATI Technologies
list price: $279.99
our price: $260.29
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Asin: B0000AINE1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 23910
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro Video Card, 8x AGP, 128MB ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98/98SE
  • 128 MB DDR memory to generate the most detailed and immersive gaming experiences without sacrificing frame rates
  • 256-bit memory interface delivers bandwidth for real-time 3-D visuals and barrier-free performance
  • 8-pixel pipeline architecture doubles the rendering power of any competing product currently on the market
  • Supports Direct X 9

Reviews (15)

1-0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY
First off, the people that rated this card with 3 or more stars obviously have not used this card.Their reviews are a textbook review I have seen on many websites.

Secondly, before I bought this card I doubted reviews saying, I never have a bad experience with drivers, so I bought it. It was fine for 2 weeks, I got the most "updated" drivers and my games (Doom 3, GTA Vice City, NFS: Underground, and many more worked great).Then the troubles began; my computer would freeze every 45 minutes or so, depending on how much load was on the card itself. So, TV watching was limited, gaming was out of the question, but DVDs actually played without the card quitting on me.

Also free phone support is limited to 30 days after you buy it.Well, since I bought it from a private seller on Amazon who didn't get me the card until 31 days after I paid for it, the FREE phone support was useless.

I knew I wasn't going to pay the 2.99 or 3.99 a minute charges for help, because they would just give me answers to general problems from a list that they have in front of them.Also, going to the website for help is pointless too.E-mailing ATI for support only gives you a response of (once again) general problems with certain situations that have nothing to do with your problems.

I will only give this video card one good mark.The input connector for connecting a VCR to show VHS tapes on your monitor is great with no quality loss at all, the tv quality was pretty decent, and the one touch recording for tv programs was easy as well.I actually programmed the remote control so that I could even turn off my computer from my bed after watching tv or a dvd, just to make me that much lazier.For the people who gripe about having to update the tv listings every week, don't you get tv listings in the paper every Sunday? Enough said.

Lastly, I broke down and bougt an ATI(I'm not against ATI, just the AIW 9800 pro)9550 AGP 256mb video card and a TV wonder pro that camewith the video imput device so I still can watch VHS tapes on my computer.Those 2 items were cheaper than what I paid form the AIW and after leaving my computer running all day and watchng tv and doing the normal stuff I do on my computer, I have had no problems at all.Save your money and just buy the 2 cards separetely.

Have a nice day!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the best option
If you want a real PVR option, don't buy this card.Buy the video card and TV card separately.I've had an AIW card for a year and wish I had spent a few extra bucks 11 months ago.

Don't get me wrong.I have another computer equipped with a 9800 Pro without the AIW features.It's an excellent card.I'm still using the AIW card in this machine, but only as a video card, not as a TV tuner...and it works just fine.

The idea behind a video capture card is that you can pause, rewind and record live TV.By far the best way to do this is to buy a separate video capture card with hardware encoding.This way, the card converts the video signal into a format that can be saved on your hard drive (mpeg2).

Otherwise, your CPU must do the work.That's what ATI All-in-Wonder cards do.While ATI makes great video cards, integrated cards like the AIW cards rely on the CPU to do all the dirty work.

Video is somewhat jerky when you have TIVO capabilities enabled (pause/rewind live TV).You'll notice it especially when watching sports -- because the card drops frames due to the heavy CPU load.

Their TV software is pretty decent -- and actually has some pretty great features.

But their guide software (Guide Plus+) leaves much to be desired.You have to manually iniate guide updates and it only downloads the guide a week at a time -- so you have to remember to update the guide.Other available packages download the guide automatically, daily, and two weeks at a time.

I have an AMD Athlon 2600 CPU with 512 MB of RAM and two 80GB hard drives and I still encountered all these problems.I spent a year trying to get better performance and finally broke down and bought a card with hardware encoding (the Avermedia UltraTV 1500 MCE).I now have two 1500 MCE cards installed in the same machine...and the performance is still much better than the single AIW card.I can record one show and watch another, or record two shows.Still, pause/rewind live TV works flawlessly.

The picture is better, the sound is better, TIVO capabilities work without compromising system performance or dropping frames.I started using Snapstream BeyondTV software to view and record shows and I couldn't be happier.

In short, spend an extra $20 and skip the video/TV tuner combo cards and you'll be much happier in the long run.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great 3d card with solid video features
First and foremost this is a 3d graphics card, and a real good one at that.It has seen better days, but it still runs any game on the market, usually exceptionally well.I too have had various issues with some of the TV recording functions, the software encoder (seems to happen to every ATI All-in-Wonder card I own), and it does run a little hot (better than most competing 3d cards though).All in all, it's a great card, and the TV issues can be dealt with if you know what you're doing--it's just not for everyone.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
This card is junk.I made the mistake of buying it instead of buying a regular video card and a tv capture card.The reason this card is junk is because it only supports software encoding when capturing media (television programs) and software decoding when playing that media back.

My recommendation is to avoid ATI altogether.I say that for a few reasons.First the card arrived with a DVI to VGA adapter.The screws on the adapter don't reach the card, so I just have it kind of pushed on unsecure.I wrote ATI about it and they just sent out a generic message regarding software drivers!Next I got a cryptic error all of the sudden.
(...)

I have done the research and wasted the time, so I wanted to share my experience and make sure ATI doesn't screw over another consumer.

1-0 out of 5 stars downright disfunctional
this thing has more bugs than functions. i got a great deal on it, but after two weeks' worth of downloading new drivers, troubleshooting, searching for answers, and a whole lot of cursing, i returned it for a radeon 9800 pro 256mb. i'm fine without the TV functions, but i need a card that won't crash five minutes into anything.

on a side note, the card runs extra hot, and modding it won't make it go away. so unless your pc is well ventilated, you just might fry something expensive. ... Read more


13. ATI RADEON X800 Pro 256 Graphics Card (100435200)
by Ati
list price: $409.99
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Asin: B00029WZG6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Ati
Sales Rank: 13494
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Radeon X800 PRO Video Card, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR3 ... Read more

Features

  • 160 million transistors on 0.13 micron low-k fabrication process
  • Up to sixteen extreme parallel pixel pipelines
  • Six programmable vertex shader pipelines
  • 256-bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory interface
  • Built-in AGP 8X support

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars You know you want it
... but did you also know you need it? Why? Because on a top end machine the following games have settings that go way past the limitations of even this card - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Doom 3, FarCry and the soon to be released Half-Life 2. These are all new engines that will drive the games of tomorrow, meaning that I will probably be trading this one in for Xmas 2005 when the 512 line should make its mark. Anyway how does this card pan out?

First of all it is a nightmare if you setup your card on a television and then forget to change it back for use with a monitor. So learn a lesson well about these monitor/television compatible cards. Make sure to change the Display Properties to whichever type you are using next because if you don't then you will not see anything and thus can not change it back. Next you need to know that these cards are top of line and make quite a great deal of noise. We are talking about listening to something like a 50cfm fan in your box doing the rounds. You are probably going to want to run your box cooler with these types of high-end chipsets running to get the most out of them so go searching on the net for a good environmental setup.

All these new series of graphics card come with DirectX 9.0c or higher but the real key to unlock this God is with the new ATI range of drivers that enhance and accelerate the visual experience - CATALYST™ (Basically complete Real-time 3D immersive game play*). The four games for this card I have already mentioned (Playing it with Counter-Strike: Source is extremely good although I believe maybe a 128mb would give virtually the same playability for now). So if you want those games then consider this card.

FarCry has an exceptional environment with something like X100 zoom on your binoculars. The enemy AI is unreal but in terms of graphics it is a real ride with this card. I believe you need this card for the full FarCry experience; however I do not believe that it pushes this card to its limit.

MS Flight Simulator 2004 does push this card past it limits. Put everything up full in the details panel and look out the window over populated areas. You will see a delay and suddenly several sectors start to pop up. A 512mb card will make that game real-time.

Doom3 has the ability to actually configure to a 512mb card if one existed now. Doom3 is an experience and a half, not 100% but unlike anything you have seen before and pretty scary to say the least. Anyway with this card the demon disintegration graphics are akin to watching someone getting beamed up in front of you. The lighting dynamics are also crucial to the game play. Get Doom 3 and this card and you will be stunned by something that looks like an XBOX 2 or PS3.

Half-Life 2 really needs this... if you buy the new Bronze edition from Steam you can DL the encrypted HL2 files onto your HD along with CS: Source and Play Source right away which is a big improvement on any version of CS you have seen. Anyway it looks top spec on this card but I believe a 128mb card can play Source at it highest settings. Anyway the point is to look for the HL2 video and know that in reality HL2 is going to cost you $300 if you want the full experience.

It's a tough cookie but let's face it. You have no choice. Now go work or Beg for it. We all did it!

*As for using unsupported ATI drivers for this card. Well even Catalyst is unsupported (Use at your own risk from ATI sort of thing) so hammering around with this card is probably not a bad idea however it is always useful to do that after the card has passed its warranty but the choice is there is you want it. Personally I would stick to the ATI releases and get some good tutorials on your computer environment

5 Stars but an XBOX is almost the same price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be an idiot
For you people that toss around USELESS 3D Mark scores, PLEASE get a life !First of all, 3D Mark is a joke for testing real world performance. It makes me laugh to see people post 3D Mark scores, and change their video drivers every 3 days to try and squeeze out every 3D Mark point they can. Let me explain something people...when ATI and Nvidia release drivers and your 3D Mark scores go up, its usually due to an image quality feature being turned off in the new driver by default.

Posting scores here is pointless...let me ask ya something Mr. 3D Mark...what image quality settings did you have on when ya benchmarked? Both Nvidia and Ati make very good cards. I used to be hardcore Nvidia until about a year ago. I went with an Ati Radeon 9800 pro and the image quality blew my socks off. Keep in mind that Ati cards generally outperform Nvidia cards when all the nice image quality features are turned on. The 6800 and the X800 are so close in performance, it all comes down to personal preference really, so take your flame wars to another site, or go change those drivers for the 1000th time.

2-0 out of 5 stars nVidia beats this..
This card is good, but for the same price you can get a geforce6800GT, which beats this card by a lot. You dont need dual p4 processors like someone said, it will still be a good increase from your last card even if you only have a 2 ghz processor. Good card, once the price drops $100.

2/5 stars

5-0 out of 5 stars INSANOMATIC
Dang, the graphics produced by this card are astounding, it truly is High-Def, it is much better than the Nvidia 6800. If u are into grafics, or a extreme gamer like me then u need this card.

4-0 out of 5 stars Uh.. The 6800GT is FASTER..R..R...
I benchmarked this GPU and GF6800GT. X800 Gives me ~9,400 Marks (Tested w/ 3DMarks03, P4 3.2, 1GB DDRRAM) and 6800GT Gone up to ~10,800 Marks. But technical specs are same. Except X800 does not support Vertex Shader 3. So I gives X800Pro 4 Stars. ... Read more


14. eVGA e-GeForce 6800, 128MB DDR, DVI/TV-Out, AGP 8x (128-A8-N343-AX)
by EVGA
list price: $244.99
our price: $229.89
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Asin: B0002MW018
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: EVGA
Sales Rank: 17129
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The GeForce 6800 GPUs deliver powerful, elegant graphics to drench your senses, immersing you in unparalleled worldsof visual effects. ... Read more

Features

  • MPEG2 Decode Acceleration
  • CineFX Engine
  • Intellisample
  • Multi-display Option
  • Digital Vibrance Control

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Card!!
This is a great card, I bought it a while ago and I'm now playing Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 on max settings with no lag, it is fantastic. You can also download Riva Tuner and unlock 4 other pipes, bringing it to 16!! Just watch out for overheating. It is a good compromise if you don't want to purchase the more expensive 6800gt/ultra. You can get it for less dough also if you go to newegg dot com, same card, but much less dough. Oh, and you may want to consider a new cooler too if you are thinking about increasing the card's speed, as the stock one is not that great. Still, I highly recommend this card!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent product!!!
I just upgraded from my Geforce FX5600XT 256Mb VIVO to this board and I can tell that this card is at least 2 times faster than my previous one. I get almost 80fps in Doom3 at 1024x768 High Quality with no AA. The fan is super silent, the one on my CPU produces more noise.

I haven't had any problem with TigerDirect for shipping and I tracked my package via UPS website without any troubles.

5-0 out of 5 stars The card looks great, Tiger Direct Support sucks
Do not expect to get good support from Tiger Direct, they will give NO attention to your queries, no follow ups, nothing, do expect them to charge your card quickly and ship before any of your queries have been taken care of.

Did you get a dud? you're in bad luck, they won't replace it for you, instead they will refer you to the manufacturer, you will have to pay for shipping the dud to the manufacturer too, once the product leaves their warehouse, they no longer are responsible for anything.

the 5 stars are for the card, nVidia rocks, Tiger Direct deserves no stars. ... Read more


15. ATI Technologies Radeon 9600 SE 128 MB DRR2 Video Adapter (100-437009)
by ATI Technologies

our price: $108.29
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Asin: B0000T70TK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 10473
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Radeon 9600SE Video Card, 8x AGP, 128MB DDR ... Read more

Features

  • Inspiring cinematic quality with the latest advances in ATI engineering
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 optimized architecture
  • Quad-Pipe architecture delivers real-time cinematic rendering and animation
  • Optimized to run the most demanding 2D and 3D next-generation games and applications without putting extra strain on the CPU
  • Unprecedented mainstream power with a powerful base of four rendering pipelines, two geometry engines, and support for the AGP 8X standard

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars The card was not what I expected
As a long time satisfied Amazon customer, I was pleased to find the Radeon 9600SE card on Amazon.com at a very low price. I was not pleased when I received the card. Based on the description on Amazon.com, I expected a new ATI card, but instead I received a Sapphire Radeon 9600SE card in an unsealed box. The box contains the card, an s-video to composite adapter and a Sapphire CD which may contain the necessary software. I have no way of knowing if the card has been used or not.
I browsed a number of forums and found both favorable and unfavorable comments on the Sapphire Radeon 9600SE. I've had some experience with ATI cards and drivers and the results have been mixed, but mostly favorable. I would not have chosen a Sapphire card since I've had no experience with them. I'll be installing the card in about 2 weeks and be hoping for good results.
I may yet return the card, but it will cost me the shipping and handling that I paid to receive it plus the shipping to return it. I'm also not sure if I can return it without restocking penalty because the box is unsealed. I've not decided if I'll try to return it yet.
I'm very disappointed with Amazon and Global Computing who fulfilled the order. My view is that one or both misrepresented the product I ordered. What I received may be equivalent to an ATI Radeon 9600SE, but it is not the same and it's up to me to choose which product I wish to receive not the vendor.
As I said at the beginning, I've been a long time satisfied Amazon customer; but because of this experience, I will be more cautious in the future and will give other vendors more consideration.
Finally, as for the single star I gave this product, it was for the entire experience and not for the card, since I don't know yet how it will behave.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Card kicks A$$
This card was an upgrade to me ATI Raedon 7200 32mb card, which handled well in it's old age. I searched and searched for a better replacement card that would give me as much satisfaction as the 7200. Once i stumbled accress the 9600 and saw the price, there was no doubt I'd found a replacemnt. The card is G-R-E-A-T. I've yet to have any complaints. I do audio/video, web design which requires a high screen resolution along with good refresh rates and this card handles it beautifully. Don't let me get on gaming, i've never seen better and smoother graphics on a card other than the ones you'd pay $200+ for.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great card for the price...
The 9600 SE is a good card for middle of the road graphics performance on the more recent graphic intensive games, such as Half Life 2, Doom 3, Call of Duty, and Chronicles of Riddick.If you want to play these games on high level settings then buy the 9800 Pro, but you can get by with medium settings for these games and they look beautiful.I definitely recommend this card for PC Gamers on a budget.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Graphics!
I upgrade my 64 mb card for this 128. Now my games run smooth with out much choopiness. Buy This Card! Easy to install. Call Of Duty Worked great with Card.

5-0 out of 5 stars HOLY JEBUS
Man, i was stoked when i got my Radeon 9000 Professional... but holy crud in a biscuit... this card blows it AWAY! i didnt think it was possible!This thing is fantastic, optimized settings on Halo, and it runs great! Tiny, tiny bit of lag in heavily occupied areas with all the light effects lol... but nothing noticeable... Morrowind, man that game runs like a dream now, and Final Fantasy XI, can you say BUMP MAPPING?? WITH NO LAG? AND WEATHER EFFECTS??? JEBUS!
Anyhow, buy this card, it is truly a steal ... Read more


16. eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra, 256MB DDR3, Dual DVI/TV-Out, AGP 8x (256-A8-N345-AX)
by EVGA
list price: $459.99
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Asin: B0002V325W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: EVGA
Sales Rank: 5518
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

eVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra Video CardThe groundbreaking new NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 graphics processing units (GPUs) and their revolutionary technologies power worlds where reality and fantasy meet; worlds in which new standards are set for visual realism and quality, performance, and video functionality. The GeForce 6800 GPUs deliver powerful, elegant graphics to drench your senses, immersing you in unparalleled worlds of visual effects for the ultimate PC experience. ... Read more

Features

  • MPEG2 Decode Acceleration
  • CineFX Engine
  • Intellisample
  • Multi-display Option
  • Digital Vibrance Control

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars 6800 Ultra with no corners cut
Video cards are a commodity market. What makes any one manufacturer stand apart from the others?

Like almost every video card made these days, be it an nVidia or ATI chipset, eVGA's 6800 Ultra starts from the GPU manufacturer's reference design. Unlike many, however, eVGA guarantees that they haven't cut any corners. Every one of their cards in the nVidia 6-series line is "Genuine Spec," meaning they use exactly what nVidia specifies, and even use nVidia-recommended suppliers for their parts. Everything from the memory to lowly capacitors are exactly what the chipset manufacturer intended. Working in an electronic design company, that gives me a lot of reassurance.

I'm upgrading from the low-end 5-series card (5200) to the high-end 6-series card. Though the change is only a generation apart, the difference is absolutely amazing. Bringing the memory up to 256 MB in addition to the screaming clock speeds that the 6800s run makes for a wonderfully smooth gaming experience.

My specs, for reference:
P4 2.8 GHz
1 GB PC3200 (DDR400) Ram (2 512 sticks running in dual channel mode)
Abit IC-7 motherboard (see my other reviews)
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz (see my other reviews)

I can now run Half-Life 2 single-player in 1280x1024 with no problems, and multiplayer at 1024x768 likewise, and HL2 was programmed primarily for ATI cards. With my old card, The Sims 2 struggled along at 800x600, but I now play at a brisk 1280x1024 with full antialiasing and anisotropic filtering enabled (I'd play 1600x1200 if the game would remember the settings)! I found myself not playing or buying games because my system couldn't handle it. It turns out that just my old video card couldn't handle it. I've had this card for a little over a month at the time of this review, and I've yet to be disappointed in it, even though I'm a bit CPU-bound. And, of course, they look gorgeous!

I'm looking forward to a couple solid years of good performance from this card, and I don't expect to be disappointed.

I always try to write a fair and balanced review, so I'll explain briefly why I gave this product 4 stars instead of 5. I purchased from another vendor, but the card I received did not have the latest BIOS installed. The old bios caused problems when switching between 2d and 3d acceleration modes. Updating it was more diffecult than I expected it to be, but eVGA's website has a fantastic support community, and I was able to quickly find what I needed. Still, the process was more of a chore than it possibly needed to be, and more of a chore than I expected considering how fantastic everything else about this card is.

Just remember that if you're looking at buying a 6800 Ultra, you're looking at buying a top-of-the line video card. Do your research, make sure your system is compatible, and read up on what problems other people are having before you even buy yours, no matter what brand you go with. You'll be up and running faster, happier, and better able to deal with problems as they arise.

5-0 out of 5 stars This card is the best graphics experience
The power of this 6800Ultra is fantastic.
Initial installation does require a little research, which can easily be done at EVGA's website in their own Community Forums. There you will find excellent guides on a trouble free installation of this card. One thing to be cautious of is your computers current Power Supply. Although a good 400Watt is recommended, most people with 2 optical drives, 2 hard drives, more than 4 fans will definately need a very good name brand 430watt or higher PSU to get the most out of this card. The EVGA Forums have excellent guides created by members to help you connect this puppy correctly and then in other sections have "tweaks guides" to help you configure the drivers to the best gaming performance you can get.
The EVGA 6800 Ultra is now factory clocked at 425MHz core and 1100MHz core making it one of the fastest 6800's available. Couple that with EVGA's NEW 1+1 Warranty after registering your card at their website, you can rest assured that you will always have backup from a secure NVIDIA partner.

Recommended minimum system to get the most out of this card is:
AMD XP2800+ or higher
Intel P4 3.0GHz or higher
Anything less than that your 6800Ultra will be limited by your CPU and you would be best to buy the EVGA 6800GT.

My system an AMD XP2800+ with the EVGA 6800 Ultra scored 12183 3DMark03 and 5360 3DMark05.

This card does not miss a beat running at 1600x1200 resolution on a 23.1" LCD Monitor connected via DVI-I, and shows a very sharp picture in 2D and 3D. Games play and look fantastic.

The fan on this card is pretty quiet, and after Windows boots it generally can not be heard over the noise made from my case fans.

Couple this card with EVGA's Copper Heat Sink available from their site, and you can push the 6800Ultra a little harder. I have been able to overclock to 450MHz Core and 1190MHz Memory, which is almost the same speed as the ellusive 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition also from www.EVGA.com With the Copper heat sink and the overclock, the cards temperatures still remain comparable with the standard heat sink and factory clocks.

Overall the 6800 Ultra is a great performer. It can not be beat on DOOM 3, is a top performer with FAR CRY, gives a better than expected showing with Half Life 2, and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth looks absolutely fantastic at the highest quality image settings even at 1600x1200 resolution the card does not falter. Couple this with EVGA's 1+1 Warranty, Community Forums, second to none Customer Service, and great build quality, you can make no mistake buying the EVGA 6800 Ultra.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the ATI X800XT.
I got one of the 1st e-GeForce 6800 ULTRA to play with the game "Joint Operation" with other 150 players.I returned the card 30 minutes after I got it from CompUSA and exchange it with the ATI X800XT card. This card is a waste of money.Definitely not worth the price tag.Stay with your 9800pro/9700pro or X800 graphic cards. ... Read more


17. ATI RADEON® X800XL 256mb AGP Graphics Card
by ATI Technologies

our price: $310.45
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Asin: B0007XGOQY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 26694
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Product Description

Radeon X800XL Video Card, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR ... Read more

Features

  • VGA, DVI-I flat panel, S-video, HDTV connectors to drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates
  • 160 million transistors on 0.13 micron low-k fabrication process
  • Up to sixteen extreme parallel pixel pipelines
  • Six programmable vertex shader pipelines
  • 256-bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory interface

18. ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 XT 256 MB DDR Video Adapter (100-435100)
by ATI Technologies

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Asin: B0000T70TA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 32858
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The RADEON 9800 XT, the most powerful visual processor available, takes the award-winning RADEON 9800 architecture, the first and only to feature eight full pixel pipes, and makes it even faster. The graphics cards features 256MB of graphics memory and a wide, 256-bit memory interface. In addition to the brute-force capabilities of the visual processor, the architecture is efficiently designed to process instructions in parallel, maximizing performance. ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 256MB of DDR memory provides increased performance when rendering high resolution textures, characters, and environments
  • Generation Now Technology supports the latest Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL feature sets
  • Includes feature-rich, frequently updated, ATI designed CATALYST software
  • 128-bit full floating point precision enables billions of color variations

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Get the 9800PRO series if you can... you know you want it...
... but did you also know you need it? Why? Because on a top end machine the following games have settings that go way past the limitations of even this card - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Doom 3, FarCry and the soon to be released Half-Life 2. These are all new engines that will drive the games of tomorrow, meaning that I will probably be trading this one in for Xmas 2005 when the 512 line should make its mark. Anyway how does this card pan out?

First of all it is a nightmare if you setup your card on a television and then forget to change it back for use with a monitor. So learn a lesson well about these monitor/television compatible cards. Make sure to change the Display Properties to whichever type you are using next because if you don't then you will not see anything and thus can not change it back. Next you need to know that these cards are top of line and make quite a great deal of noise. We are talking about listening to something like a 50cfm fan in your box doing the rounds. You are probably going to want to run your box cooler with these types of high-end chipsets running to get the most out of them so go searching on the net for a good environmental setup.

All these new series of graphics card come with DirectX 9.0c or higher but the real key to unlock this God is with the new ATI range of drivers that enhance and accelerate the visual experience - CATALYST™ (Basically complete Real-time 3D immersive game play*). The four games for this card I have already mentioned (Playing it with Counter-Strike: Source is extremely good although I believe maybe a 128mb would give virtually the same playability for now). So if you want those games then consider this card.

FarCry has an exceptional environment with something like X100 zoom on your binoculars. The enemy AI is unreal but in terms of graphics it is a real ride with this card. I believe you need this card for the full FarCry experience; however I do not believe that it pushes this card to its limit.

MS Flight Simulator 2004 does push this card past it limits. Put everything up full in the details panel and look out the window over populated areas. You will see a delay and suddenly several sectors start to pop up. A 512mb card will make that game real-time.

Doom3 has the ability to actually configure to a 512mb card if one existed now. Doom3 is an experience and a half, not 100% but unlike anything you have seen before and pretty scary to say the least. Anyway with this card the demon disintegration graphics are akin to watching someone getting beamed up in front of you. The lighting dynamics are also crucial to the game play. Get Doom 3 and this card and you will be stunned by something that looks like an XBOX 2 or PS3.

Half-Life 2 really needs this... if you buy the new Bronze edition from Steam you can DL the encrypted HL2 files onto your HD along with CS: Source and Play Source right away which is a big improvement on any version of CS you have seen. Anyway it looks top spec on this card but I believe a 128mb card can play Source at it highest settings. Anyway the point is to look for the HL2 video and know that in reality HL2 is going to cost you $300 if you want the full experience.

It's a tough cookie but let's face it. You have no choice. Now go work or Beg for it. We all did it!

*As for using unsupported ATI drivers for this card. Well even Catalyst is unsupported (Use at your own risk from ATI sort of thing) so hammering around with this card is probably not a bad idea however it is always useful to do that after the card has passed its warranty but the choice is there is you want it. Personally I would stick to the ATI releases and get some good tutorials on your computer environment

5 Stars but an XBOX is almost the same price.

5-0 out of 5 stars NEXT GENERATION CARD
WOOOOOOOOOOOW THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO CARD OF ALL TIMES!!! AND IT EVEN COMES WITH FREE COUPON OF HALF LIFE 2, AMAZING GRAPHICS, ITS JUST TO MUCH FOR ME,, U NEED TOSEE IT FOR YOUR SELF

ITS A MUST BUY, HERE ON AMAZON OF COURSE

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best that you can ever have...for now.
There is nothing better than this video card except for the new GeForce 6800 Ultra, Radeon X800 Pro, and Radeon X800XT. This card beats the Radeon 9800 Pro and it even beats the new GeForce FX 5950. My very close friend works in the CyberPower Inc. so I have whole bunch of computer stuff and I get new video cards about every two to three months. I have tried many video cards and I have to say this card beats it all. It beat all cards (except for the three cards mentioned on the top) on 3D marks and frames per seconds on games like FarCry, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Call of Duty. There is nothing that can go wrong with this card. Believe me, I might not know everything about video cards but I know what I know. Only problem that I have with this card is the price. It's about $450 on Amazon.com but the new Radeon X800 Pro will be also $450 and there is no point of buying Radeon 9800XT unless you think that the new Radeon X800 Pro will perform worse than the Radeon 9800XT. If you do think that, then you really deserve a slap because Radeon X800 Pro will beat Radeon 9800XT in everything that you can think of. Wait until this card drops its' price or if you are looking forward to pay $450 then buy the new Radeon X800 Pro. You can even pay $50 more to buy the new Radeon X800XT or GeForce 6800 Ultra. I highly recommend this card when it's like $350.

5-0 out of 5 stars only thing better will be PCI-Express
I bought this card to replace a Gforce 4200ti which I loved.This card didn't run smoothly at first because It sucks so much power. I had to up the voltage to my cpu, ram etc.Now it runs perfectly.Hit 6500 on 3dmark and 47k on aquamark.with a pentium 2.6c and 1gig of golden dragon pc3500.

Can't compare it with the geforce but i'm thinking those other guys didn't configure their system properly.

5-0 out of 5 stars 9800 XT Rocks!!!
I just upgraded from the 9800 Pro to the 9800 XT and what a difference. Enough to make me replay "FarCry" to get more "eye candy"!!! And you also get a coupon for "Half Life 2"!!!
My only complaint is that I have to wait until next week when "Painkiller" is out!!! ... Read more


19. ATI TECH FIREGL T2-128 128MB AGP-VID ADPT ( 100-505066 )
by ATI Technologies

our price: $229.23
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Asin: B0000C1216
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 32803
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is not a video card for gamers only for Workstations
The FireGL™ T2-128 raises the bar in the entry-level workstation graphics market. Based on the FGL™ 9600 Visual Processing Unit (VPU) this powerful 128MB accelerator features two geometry engines and four parallel rendering pipelines. The FireGL T2-128 delivers fast geometry processing, realistic rendering, and optimized application performance for developers, CAD engineers and digital content creators.

Whether you're designing small sub-assemblies or working with larger 3D models, the FireGL T2-128 is the affordable entry level choice for 3D professionals running the leading OpenGL® CAD, AEC and DCC applications under Windows® or Linux® operating systems. All FireGL boards are certified for the leading OpenGL and DirectX 9.0 applications, with full support under Windows and Linux environments.

All advanced graphics features are available across the entire FireGL product line from mobile workstations through high-end systems, and are enabled with a single graphics driver, simplifying system administration within the production environment.

Chipset/Core Speed: FireGL 9600/Not Specified
Memory/Effective Speed: 128MB DDR/Not Specified
BUS: AGP 1X/2X/4X/8X
Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub)+DVI connector
Support 3D API: DirectX®9, OpenGL®2.0
Cable/Accessories: VGA via DVI Adapter, Driver CD, Manual
Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536@85Hz ... Read more


20. ATI Technologies ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 XT 128 MB AGP Graphics Card (100-714120)
by ATI Technologies

our price: $208.47
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Asin: B0001FSCTK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 12566
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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More processing and graphic rendering power than ever before in the 9600 Series, and the most complete feature set imaginable make the ALL-IN-WONDER ® 9600 XT the multimedia leader of its class.

With the ALL-IN-WONDER® 9600 XT there is more processing power for blistering fast, visually stunning, 3D gameplay. A new video editing software package customized for ATI will expand your productivity. Multimedia features include TV, DVD, FM radio, and the most complete package of audio and video authoring tools ever offered. The intuitive command center for this multimedia extravaganza is at your fingertips with even longer range wireless control. For the demanding user, or for the user who wants to get ahead of the pack, the ALL-IN-WONDER® 9600 XT is the premium multimedia choice.

It’s A Multimedia Command Center

Bring together TV, FM radio, DVD and video playback with on-demand features, wireless remote control REMOTE WONDER II and a 125 channel stereo TV receiver:

  • An all-in-one TV tuner with TV-ON-DEMAND™ (records TV programs, pauses live TV, has optional picture-in-picture (PiP) capability and lets you schedule broadcasts directly to your PC)
  • Gemstar GUIDE Plus+™ software organizes TV listings and makes searching for and scheduling programs a snap.
  • Drive 2 VGA monitors or a VGA monitor and TV output simultaneously.
  • Drive an HDTV-ready Television using the optional VGA->YPrPb adapter available from ati.com. Enable a non-interlaced high resolution display in the family room.
  • Enjoy the convenience of up to 60 foot wireless radio frequency range (including through walls) with the user friendly control pad utilizing the latest REMOTE WONDER ™ II remote control device
  • Includes a simple, forward facing input block with s-video, composite video inputs and stereo audio input
  • FM-ON-DEMAND™ (pause,rewind/and save radio on your ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98, 98SE
    • All-in-one TV tuner with TV-ON-DEMAND
    • Professional Video Production Studio
    • 128 MB DDR memory to generate detailed gaming without sacrificing frame rates
    • Gemstar GUIDE Plus+ software organizes TV listings

    Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars All-in-Wonder
    This ATI card is the current generation of ATI All-in-Wonder, or at least it was when I got it.But it is still pretty amazing.It allows you to utilize several inputs-you can use the included software to display it in a separate window or even as your wallpaper - believe me, I was playing FFX-2 on my wallpaper.It has a built in TV tuner that lets you plug in your cable or entertainment center receiver.I mentioned the companion software-I'm usually not an advocate of companion software, but this one's got some value.Not only does the All-in-Wonder really do *everything*, but the performance is uncanny.Warning: high framerates.There is only one problem that I've had.This particular All-in-Wonder comes with an odd square-like connection on the back (other All-in-Wonders I've seen do not, such as the 9800) and the screws in mine broke the first day; pretty flimsy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great graphics, but no radio
    Don't get me wrong, this card has built-in fm tuner, but it was a nightmare configure it.

    First of all, the graphics quality is awesome, I had a mainstream video card before and upgrading to the 9600 series was a great improvement, you can play most of the latest games (HL2, Doom3, NFSU2) using 1024x768 resolution.

    But as soon as I installed the card I had problems: I launched NFSU2 and there was problems with the graphics. I updated the Catalyst drivers but with the fm tuner stopped working. All I was able to hear was a static sound.

    After googling the entire Internet for a long time, I found that the fm tuner has incompatibility issues with antivirus software, such as Norton. I went to the ATI support page and all they say is "kill the running antivirus program, listen to radio, stop listening to radio and enable again your antivirus", isn't that unbelievable? I did a lot of tweaking but the software from ATI for the All-in-wonder series is not the best. If you are going to buy this card, be careful not to use Norton antivirus and do not update the drivers to the latest version, use the bundled CD drivers.

    I decided to sell this card and get an ATI 9800Pro, I'm sure I'm not going to miss watching TV on my computer, my TV has a bigger screen after all...

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best bang for the buck!!!
    I bought this card about a year ago. I need to do some editing, and it was also nice to be able to record and pause live TV. After all this time, I can also play doom and half life at high qualities. the capture is impressive, and if yu have a DVD burner and Pinnacle software (included) you can make some nearly professional work in it. I bought it for school work (communications major) and not only have i been able to record my favorite shows since, but i started a small editing business. the card already payed off by itself. if you experience lockups and the such, believe me, its not the card, its your PC's config. best card for the buck.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect card for all my needs!
    1st off, I use this card in my HP Pavilion and well.. its GREAT I love that the program comes with the Guide Plus channel line up. Recording is easy to use and setup.

    Although you WILL need to goto ati.com and download the newest drivers, but that isnt too much a issue.

    Install is simple and this card has support for all your needs. Good 3d graphics speed, great playback settings and so. Plus I LOVE the remote! I mean whew.. cant watch a movie or divx without it!

    Basically the XT is always better cause of the overclocking speed. I bought this instead of the 9800 AiW and well.. hasnt let me down yet!

    Also the TV inputs for AV and S Video are great too! I hook up my Xbox, PS2 or Cube to this and it looks GREAT on the LCD monitor. Meaning you could now use your PC for EVERYTHING!

    Also it has a FM tuner in there which was also a plus, so now you can record your radio station to your PC.

    Also I did something the other day. I was at a hotel and was watching a movie there. We couldnt finish it cause we wanted to go swimming before the pool closed. So I used my Zodiac (Palm based PDA) and VNC (www.tightvnc.com) to logon to my PC at home. Had my PDA load the Guideplus and click the movie we were watching, taped it to record the rest of the movie so we wouldnt miss it. This way when we got home, we could just finish it. =)

    Also have used this card to stream real audio content to my cell phone. (Nokia 3650 or any other s60 phone)

    Basically broadcasting the live tv stream to any real audio player. =) Very nice card indeed and a good price for a card that will play it all!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Capture Card
    I get mine this week and i test it recording some tv programs, and the result was amazing.
    For the person to ark for GART ist only the AGP driver for the motherboards, but if you install all the drivers for your mainboard's CD, yo cant expect any problem. ... Read more


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