So I purchased my 1st ever ATi card...

dmagro

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And although it was a mere $159 for the Sapphire HD 4850, I absolutely love it.

I came from a long line of Nvidia cards, some that cost over $400, and unfortunately my most recent one was a 7900GT.

I never ran such high in game settings, and certainly no AA. This Sapphire card just makes games so much better looking, it's really amazing.

I also love the Catalyst program. Overall this card was easily the best deal I've ever seen for a video card.

Thank you ATi!
 

dark_reign

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I just came back to ATI from a few years of using NVIDIA cards and I gotta say that Edge Detect AA IQ on the HD 4850 looks sweet.
 

Angelus897

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Congrats! I used to be an avid follower of nVidia (even had an FX5900), but switched to ATI around the x1950 series.
 

cyclone3d

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And I bought a 3870 for $200 only a couple months before the 4xxx series came out. :-(

It is a very nice card.. but I now want a 4850 or 4870... or maybe even a 4870x2 (drool)....
 

iPearl

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And I bought a 3870 for $200 only a couple months before the 4xxx series came out. :-(

It is a very nice card.. but I now want a 4850 or 4870... or maybe even a 4870x2 (drool)....

Yeah the 3870 was the start of Ati, to get back into the game.
Still a very nice card even though it catn keep up with 8800 GT.
=) I have two of them.
 

Angelus897

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Yeah the 3870 was the start of Ati, to get back into the game.
Still a very nice card even though it catn keep up with 8800 GT.
=) I have two of them.

The HD2900 wasn't such a bad card. The reason why it was a disappointment was because it arrived more than 6 months late and underperformed (against the 8800GTX). I have a HD2900Pro in my system right now (about to be replaced by a 4870x2...) and it has served me VERY well. The HD2x00 series was ATI's GeForce FX. Another disappointing product, that was late and underperformed, but wasn't that bad (my FX5900 served me very well also, lol).
 

yang88she

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congrats and enjoy, it's been a while since I went back to ATi,....but so far so good
 

doox00

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my last ati card was a 9800xt, what a great card at the time. I just ordered a 4870x2, will be my first ati in awhile.
 

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Welcome to the ranks of buying whichever card is best at the time! I've gone GF2 -> GF4Ti -> X800 -> 8800GT.

Just get whats best for the money when you want to upgrade! Thats ATI right now!
 

iPearl

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Lawlz
GF2 i remember those wished the Vodoos was still around, and in the graphic card run, would make prices drop even more.
Vodoo -> 6600 GT -> X800XT -> 8600 GT -> 8800 GTS 320 -> 8800 GT 512 + 3870 Toxic
 

magoo

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I never had an ATI until June.

Bought two 3870s and haven't looked back.

Now have a 4870 X2 and a single 4870 in Crossfire.
I have the same impressions as you. Great graphics and the CCC isn't half bad compared to nTune......of course, a pile of shit works better than nTune.:eek:

Nvidia has great cards, don't get me wrong, but I am more than satisfied with my recent defection to the red team.
 

HighTest

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It's my second ATI card after a previous Radeon 7000 :) Just called them the ATI Radeon in those days.

Was nVIDIA ever since then, and a died in the wool nVIDIA FANBOYZZZ!11!!@!11

Yep, I'm also super happy with my 4850. Now I'm an ATI FANBOYZ!11!!@!!!@! :D
 

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voodoo 5-->GF3-->6600GT SLI-->6800gt--> 7800GTX--> 7950GT--> 8800GT-->4850 and wow it reminds me of the voodoo 5 cause it kicks so much a$$ :)
 

empower64

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Wow, im just the opposite, ive followed ati since the 7500 series and just 2 months ago picked up my 8800gs. i gotta say i dont miss the drivers altho i hope they clean them up, they really have everything going for them this round.
 

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I've had a ton of ATI cards over the years but I've had more NVIDIA than ATI cards overall. I haven't had any ATI cards until recently. The last ATI card I had was an X1950Pro that was thrown into a spare machine. Before that I had a pair of X1950XTX's in Crossfire. Yesterday I received my HiS 4870 X2. So that's the first ATI card to grace my gaming machine since November 2006.
 

iPearl

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I could never afford the high end cards from nvidia when they jsut came out ... 8800 GTS 640 was exp. wasn't untill my room mate let one go and i decided to buy it form him.
And the GT's i jsut got years after their release. LOL but the 3870 i was able to get few montsh after release. I could have been able to afford a 4850 if i have had waited LOL.
 

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I havent had an ATi Card since the 128MB 9700Pro. And it was awesome.

Thinking that when I perform my next build, it will have an ATi card as well... The Price/Performance makes it that much more worth it.
 

reaperr

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i still use my gx2 today, but i gotta say my ati 9250 pci card is the most reliable....i always use it to test random motherboards

i can kick it around, scratch it, throw it in a corner, and it still keeps working :)
 

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Haha, wow looking at some of these posts some people really do upgrade very often! :eek: Personally I've only gone from:

TNT2 Vanta 64MB -> Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB -> X1800XT 256MB -> X1950XT 256MB -> HD4850

Strangely enough it seems that every time I'm ready to upgrade I was always able to get a better deal on ATI cards - never having to spend more than $200 for a new card. :) Personally, within each respective generation, though, I think the 9800 Pro and my current HD4850 have been the greatest purchases that I've made thus far in terms of bang for buck. Sadly, the X1800XT and X1950XT both have/had artifacting issues (however, the X1800XT was RMAed through Newegg and currently chugs along in a friend's computer) and coincidentally both were from Sapphire. It's sad considering my ATI branded 9800 Pro still works perfectly fine to this day. Here's hoping that this Visiontek will last long enough to be passed on to older rigs in the future.

In any case, congrats on switching over to the Red team! And may the Catalyst be with you. :D
 

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Haha, wow looking at some of these posts some people really do upgrade very often! :eek: Personally I've only gone from:

TNT2 Vanta 64MB -> Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB -> X1800XT 256MB -> X1950XT 256MB -> HD4850

I've gone from: > S3 Virge 3D 2000 > Voodoo > Voodoo 2 8MB > Voodoo 2 12MB SLI > Voodoo 3 3000 > Riva TNT 2 Ultra > Geforce 2 GTS 64MB > Geforce 3 Ti500 > Geforce 4 Ti 4600 > Radeon 9600Pro > Radeon X800Pro > 6800 GT AGP > 6800 GT PCI-Express SLI > 7800GTX 256MB SLI > 7900GTX SLI > X1950XTX Crossfire > 8800GTX SLI > 8800GTX 3-Way SLI > 9800GX2 Quad-SLI > Geforce GTX 280 SLI > Radeon 4870 X2.

This is what I've had in my main gaming machine. There have been a ton of other cards I've had in other machines. Here is a partial list:

ATI 512k VGA
Trident 1MB
Trident 2MB
S3 Trio
S3 Virge 3D 3000
3DFX Voodoo Rush
3DFX Voodoo Banshee
ATI Rage 128 Pro
NVIDIA Riva TNT 2 M64
NVIDIA Geforce 3
NVIDIA Geforce 3 Ti 200
NVIDIA Geforce MX
NVIDIA Geforce MX 200
NVIDIA Geforce Ti 4200 -Still have
NVIDIA Geforce Ti 4400
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200 PCI -Still have
ATI Radeon 7000
ATI Radeon 9200SE
ATI Radeon X700Pro
NVIDIA Geforce 6600GT (x2)
ATI Radeon X1950Pro (x2)
NVIDIA Geforce 8600GTS (x2) -Still have
NVIDIA Geforce 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked -Still have in my HTPC

(Other still haves from my main gaming rigs)
EVGA Geforce 9800GX2 -Girlfriends gaming machine
BFG Tech 8800GTX OC -[H] testing rig.
Geforce GTX 280 OC (x2) -Sitting on the shelf

I'm sure I'm forgetting some of them. Motherboards and video cards are the components I like to buy most often for some reason. I don't change CPUs quite as often as I do those two items.
 

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i still use my gx2 today, but i gotta say my ati 9250 pci card is the most reliable....i always use it to test random motherboards

i can kick it around, scratch it, throw it in a corner, and it still keeps working :)

Yea, I have an ATI Xpert 128 that is as durable (it was the first video card I bought, in order to play Tribes 2). My upgrade path is as follows ATI Xpert128 > Radeon 7500 > GeForce 4 Ti4200 > GeForce 4 Ti4600 > GeForce FX5700Ultra > Radeon 9600Pro > GeForce FX5900SE > GeForce 7600GS > Radeon X1950Pro > Radeon HD2900Pro > Radeon HD4870x2. I've owned a bunch of other cards, but these were the ones that were in my main gaming rig.

PS: Here is the whole list (in order of acquisition):

ATI Xpert 128 16MB PCI (OWN)
Radeon 7500 64MB AGP
nVIDIA TNT2 16MB AGP
BFG GeForce Ti4200 (8X) 128MB AGP
PNY GeForce Ti4600 128MB AGP
ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB AGP
eVGA GeForce FX5700 Ultra 128MB AGP
Sapphire Radeon 9600Pro 128MB AGP
eVGA GeForce FX5900SE 128MB AGP (OWN)
ATI Radeon 9700Pro 128MB AGP
ATI Radeon X600 128MB PCI-E (OWN)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 128MB PCI-E (OWN)
eVGA GeForce 7600GS 256MB AGP (OWN)
Sapphire Radeon X1950Pro 256MB PCI-E (OWN)
Sapphire Radeon X1950Pro 256MB PCI-E (OWN)
ATI Radeon 9800 128MB AGP (OWN)
Sapphire Radeon HD2900Pro 512MB PCI-E (OWN)
VisionTek Radeon HD4870x2 2GB PCI-E (OWN)
ATI FireGL V3400 128MB PCI-E (OWN)
PNY Quadro FX3450 256MB PCI-E(OWN)
 

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I've gone from: > S3 Virge 3D 2000 > Voodoo > Voodoo 2 8MB > Voodoo 2 12MB SLI > Voodoo 3 3000 > Riva TNT 2 Ultra > Geforce 2 GTS 64MB > Geforce 3 Ti500 > Geforce 4 Ti 4600 > Radeon 9600Pro > Radeon X800Pro > 6800 GT AGP > 6800 GT PCI-Express SLI > 7800GTX 256MB SLI > 7900GTX SLI > X1950XTX Crossfire > 8800GTX SLI > 8800GTX 3-Way SLI > 9800GX2 Quad-SLI > Geforce GTX 280 SLI > Radeon 4870 X2.

This is what I've had in my main gaming machine. There have been a ton of other cards I've had in other machines. Here is a partial list:

ATI 512k VGA
Trident 1MB
Trident 2MB
S3 Trio
S3 Virge 3D 3000
3DFX Voodoo Rush
3DFX Voodoo Banshee
ATI Rage 128 Pro
NVIDIA Riva TNT 2 M64
NVIDIA Geforce 3
NVIDIA Geforce 3 Ti 200
NVIDIA Geforce MX
NVIDIA Geforce MX 200
NVIDIA Geforce Ti 4200 -Still have
NVIDIA Geforce Ti 4400
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200 PCI -Still have
ATI Radeon 7000
ATI Radeon 9200SE
ATI Radeon X700Pro
NVIDIA Geforce 6600GT (x2)
ATI Radeon X1950Pro (x2)
NVIDIA Geforce 8600GTS (x2) -Still have
NVIDIA Geforce 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked -Still have in my HTPC

(Other still haves from my main gaming rigs)
EVGA Geforce 9800GX2 -Girlfriends gaming machine
BFG Tech 8800GTX OC -[H] testing rig.
Geforce GTX 280 OC (x2) -Sitting on the shelf

I'm sure I'm forgetting some of them. Motherboards and video cards are the components I like to buy most often for some reason. I don't change CPUs quite as often as I do those two items.

:eek: ::Bowing down in envy::

Seems like you've owned just about every computer geek's wet dreams! :D Would you say you're also an avid collector of video cards? ;)
 

Dan_D

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:eek: ::Bowing down in envy::

Seems like you've owned just about every computer geek's wet dreams! :D Would you say you're also an avid collector of video cards? ;)

I'd be an avid collector of them if I actually kept them.
 
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