Originally Posted by trueg50
Look beyond 3DMark, it lies.. horribly.
look at the 8600's performance in games, it is always beate by the 7950GT, and usually beaten by the 7900GS. the 7900GS by the way could be put into SLI for a little more than a single 8600 GTS. Look around Ebay, the 7900GT is a bit better than the 7900GS and is just a downclocked 7900GTX minus some memory.
the 7900GT can be had for $90-100, 7900GS for the same, and a 7900GTX for ~$150 on ebay. The ATI cards all are ridiculously overpriced compared to how cheap the nvidia cards have gotten on ebay.
How can you say that? An x1950XT is like $170 after a rebate, $200 before, and performs extremely well. Plus, an x1950Pro, for $140 beats a 7900GS pretty handily in most games and benchmarks.
While they may be a little bit more expensive on average, they are not ridiculously overpriced. Not only do ATI cards support HDR and AA simultaneously, which nVidia does not, but they also, for the most part, get better framerates with the competing cards. x1950Pro > 7900GS, x1900XT > 7900GT, x1950XT > 7900GTX, etc.
Yes, ATI cards may be a little more, pound for pound, than nVidia cards. But you get what you pay for.