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Hrm perhaps it's just me and I guess it never really had a price-point lead on anything but the GTX260 was an excellent value especially after the 216 model revision.
    
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The best steal I ever got when it came to video cards was Visiontek's Xtasy 5632 with the GeForce2 GTS-V GPU, which was apparently a standard GTS that didn't pass nVidia QC. They sold for $70 a pop when the full GTS was twice that much, and you could easily clock them from their stock 175/286 to the full 200/333 of the GTS, and usually a lot more than that.

I outfitted a lot of machines with these in late 2001/early 2002 until the supply ran out. There was an ATI version made from culled chips called a Radeon LE at about the same time, but the GTS-V's were better.
     
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The 8600GT/GTS and 2600XT were crappy cards.

Nah, they were average for mid-range. The 6600GT and 7600GT were astounding though, and once prices came down they were good cards. But then this being OCN people look at launch reviews and act like that's the be all, end all of whether a product is/was good or not.
    
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worse of a value than the 8800GT? Perhaps I'm just reading that odd and my comprehension is bad. Are you saying the 8800GT was a bad value?
No, I'm not. I meant that the GeForce 8600 GT/GTS, even after the price cuts and near the end of their life when they were an okay value, were still going against one of the better deals (in my opinion) of times.
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Nah, they were average for mid-range. The 6600GT and 7600GT were astounding though, and once prices came down they were good cards. But then this being OCN people look at launch reviews and act like that's the be all, end all of whether a product is/was good or not.
Pretty much this. However, I do agree that they were a rather bad buy for the for most part for a rather large part of their life, and even when they were "okay-ish", I'd have trouble putting them on this list. Something two to maybe three literal times faster was less than twice the cost.
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I have and still have a 7600GT, 1650XT, 1950PRO, 2900XT 1GB, 8800GT. They were ALL amazing cards, especially my 2900, that i got for 60$ on a sale, that thing could run almost all modern games at medium settings @1080p, for the price it was unbeatable, only card better was the 8800GT, but that one i got for its full price.
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post #67 of 113
ahh reminds me of 'good old times' tongue.gif

The GeForce 4 Ti 4200 was the first graphics card I had when I got my first PC in ~2002.
I loved it, but the card that I was most proud of was the 6800 GT eventhough it wasnt quite the bang for the buck. However, it's the card that lasted the longest time for me. Bought it at launch in 2004 and used it for over 5 years till I bought a cheap GTX 260 in 2009.
If you bought a high-end card back in the day, it was actually capable of handling each game to the max as opposed to nowadays where you can play around with so many settings that it makes demanding games only playable on multi-gpu systems if truly maxed out.
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post #68 of 113
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I'm surprised the unlockable HD6950 2GB cards aren't on here. And I probably wouldn't include the 6870 on there since the 6850 is cheaper and overclocks much better/is almost as fast.

*Read the title of the article*

And alot of you need to READ the article in general... It's a pretty accurate list all in all.
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I love seeing the 4650 on their smile.gif I upgraded to it (i was the third owner) a year ago so i could handle COD4 with better graphics than my 4350 (it didnt even have a fan redface.gif) from their i moved on to my 6950. when i first got the 4350 my system had a 2.4 GHz single core athlon 64 with a half gig of ram. this was less than two years ago (lol) from their i upgraded to a phenom II dual and 2 gigs of ram after i got my 4650.
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Except for the drivers, I loved my 4870. Used it for nearly 2.5 years before selling it to someone with an IGP for like 50 bucks. Glad he gets to use it now.
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