Half-Life 2/ATI Bundle?

German site Gamestar.de (thanks HomeLAN Fed) has word (in German, naturally, here's the rough Babel Fish translation) has word from their sister print publication that the release of ATI's RADEON 9900 Pro video card will be bundled with Half-Life 2. They also have word that the game is expected to go gold on September 13, though they do not offer the basis for this claim, though they do point out that both the gold date and the ATI news add further confusion to recent stories about the game's release date (story and story) and an interesting wrinkle to discussions of video card support (story and story).
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Aug 3, 2003, 14:38
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 14:38
Aug 3, 2003, 14:38
 
i vote for intentional troublemaking... when it's not racist, i find it fun as well

and btw, they're not mentioning nvidia because that isn't what the topic is about and possibly/hopefully also to avoid turning the thread into another ati vs. nvidia thread which has been done to death

"The" Dan
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Re: No subject
Aug 3, 2003, 14:31
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 14:31
Aug 3, 2003, 14:31
 
Hello, board.

I wouldn't have registered to post, but after reading shul's post, I found myself clicking on frederickson's name and falling face first into his 880-post pit of insanity. I don't know whether to be incensed at the abuse of public forums, or just laugh uncontrollably at the endless stream of semi-intelligible hoo-hah.

Personally, I think everyone should click on through to read it. It's "fun". It's confusing. I'm not sure what to make of it. Is it intentional troublemaking, or true, unfettered idiocy? It boggles the mind to think that someone could really post a thousand times with... without... with... without...

*fizzle*

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Re: Dilemma
Aug 3, 2003, 14:28
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Re: Dilemma Aug 3, 2003, 14:28
Aug 3, 2003, 14:28
 
Shul, stop feeding the troll. He's not asking a question, he's just being his normal no life, no friends idiotic self, only this time he managed to find the question mark key. It's still trolling.

Well, I don't know...

btw, why do you talk about ATI and not Nvidia (except the Geforce comment) - no go with nvidia ?


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Upgrade stuff
Aug 3, 2003, 14:26
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Upgrade stuff Aug 3, 2003, 14:26
Aug 3, 2003, 14:26
 
As it stands now, I can get a 9600 Pro for about $225 (Canadian), a 9800 for $370 and a 9800 Pro for $520.

If the 9800 drops down to around 300 or so, I'm probably getting that. Is there a major difference (either performance or feature) between a 9800 and a 9800 Pro? No use spending 150 extra bucks.

Thanks for the advice, I'll see if I can locate a 9700..

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Re: No subject
Aug 3, 2003, 14:26
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 14:26
Aug 3, 2003, 14:26
 
Whoa, whoa, what is this about the 9500 only being a DX8 card? ATI advertised the 9500 as having full DirectX 9 support: http://mirror.ati.com/products/radeon9500/

Can someone clarify why people are saying the 9500 isn't a DX9 card? I had recommended the 9500 and 9500 Pro to a lot of friends with the understanding it was a full DX9 card, based on ATI's advertising: "Full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0"

-Zadillo

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Re: No subject
Aug 3, 2003, 14:24
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 14:24
Aug 3, 2003, 14:24
 
Dear Mr. shul,

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Thank you for your immediate assistance in this grave situation.

Yrs tly,

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No subject
Aug 3, 2003, 14:22
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No subject Aug 3, 2003, 14:22
Aug 3, 2003, 14:22
 
Unless you only upgrade for FPS, you should DEFINITELY buy a 9800 over a 9500. The 9500 is DX8. Many of the things you see in the HL2 demos are DX9. With a 9500 you won't have to worry about getting better FPS, as you're going to automatically have graphical features barred from your use.
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Dilemma
Aug 3, 2003, 14:20
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Dilemma Aug 3, 2003, 14:20
Aug 3, 2003, 14:20
 
I need a new videocard, and I'm going to get Half Life 2.

Having the two in a bundle would be sweet with a capital S, W, E, another E and the T.

But not if that bundle winds up costing the same amount as my car did..

Which ofcourse begs the question, does anyone have any information about the 9900 yet? For some reason I have this doubt that it's the "New" product that ATI said they would be releasing in response to the Geforce FX, since they had also said that would presumably be referred to as the 10000.
So, this being the 9900 would indicate it's just another faster revision of the 9700, which already plays pretty much every game at a billion frames per second.

The 9700 is DX9 right? I think I'll just get the two separate (card - game), and save myself some money...

Creston

Edit : Shul, stop feeding the troll. He's not asking a question, he's just being his normal no life, no friends idiotic self, only this time he managed to find the question mark key. It's still trolling.

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Re: An upgrade question
Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
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Re: An upgrade question Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
 
With this latest "announcement", who knows what will happen to prices in September.. but I would say that the only reason to shell out for a 9800 would be if you were going to really go large and get the 256 meg version. That way you could try to pretend it was going to be the last video card you were ever going to buy, what with 256 megs of RAM and all..

OTOH, in 128 meg cards, I can tell you that I have been absolutely 100% blown away by the sheer awesomeness of my 9700 Pro. I feel like it was a very good value, even at the rather steep $450CDN I paid for it, and that's saying something, because I'm a stingy bastard. Looking at numbers on the web, it seems as though the performance difference between it and the 128 meg 9800 is generally only a few meagre FPS, and doesn't seem to warrant the extra cost. I haven't even touched overclocking yet, because I haven't seen the need so far. This thing is just a beast right out of the box. Assuming you have a decent CPU to pair it with, it's guaranteed to please if your migrating from 7500 land, that's for sure!

I might be buying a CPU or two in the future, but I really don't expect this card to be giving me any problems I can't live with until we're dealing with games using heavily re-written DIII tech. All pretty subjective, of course, but that's certainly what I'm hoping..

I guess if you can overclock a 9600 Pro (is there such a thing?) to 9700 Pro levels, then it would be a helluva good bargain indeed! But I know nothing of those cards, so I really can't comment.

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Re: No subject
Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
 
Get a 9500 and spend the rest on ram, or better yet get a real sound card and stop using that cruddy onboard audio.
The 9500 isn't DX9, actually. So it won't be able to use all of HL2's features.
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Like a console deal
Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
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Like a console deal Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
Aug 3, 2003, 14:16
 
If you think about it, you used to be able to dump $299 on brand new console and take it home with an awesome game. Maybe this is an example of the PC game industry starting to converge with the marketing practices of the Console industry. Once windows 2005 or whatever with the super-plug-n-play game support comes out, this sort of thing might become more common.

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Re: Sweet
Aug 3, 2003, 14:12
WarPig
 
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Re: Sweet Aug 3, 2003, 14:12
Aug 3, 2003, 14:12
 WarPig
 
Sorry guys, but I just can't let this one slide.

Simile, is when you take two words that don't mean the same and put them together as a word...

No it's not. A simile is a figure of speech (not a single word) that compares one dissimilar thing to another - usually connected with the words like or as. Examples: a voice like thunder, or cheeks like roses.

Your example - "As for the GOT-DAMNED... it's for simile." - just makes no sense... but that's what we like about you, Dude!


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Re: No subject
Aug 3, 2003, 13:46
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 13:46
Aug 3, 2003, 13:46
 
You got some nerve asking that, don't you ?

The reason I am answering this (so called 'trolling') is that I see fredrickson is actually asking a question...

So fredrickson, you are asking why nin hates you? where does the intoleration come from? why does he thinks your nick should be wiped off the face of blues?

Maybe it's because you have over 880 posts of pure trolling, maybe it's because you hate and have opinion over anything, and everything, maybe it's because you take up too much bandwidth, which we pay for btw...

nin doesn't like you and wants to shut you up (as many do) but he is not a racist. Choose your wording carefully next time. You are annoying me.


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An upgrade question
Aug 3, 2003, 13:39
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An upgrade question Aug 3, 2003, 13:39
Aug 3, 2003, 13:39
 
I know this is slightly offtopic, but I was considering upgrading around September or so, and I was wondering if you guys had any advice.

I currently have a Radeon 7500, so I'de be looking to upgrade to a 9xxx card. I notice that there is a drastic price difference between say a 9600 and 9800. Would this difference warrant a 150-200$ price increase? I certainly don't have money to waste, but I would prefer that I spend an extra few hundred now, instead of having to upgrade again in a year or so. Also, do you expect video card prices to come down considerable within the next month or two?

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Re: No subject
Aug 3, 2003, 13:38
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 13:38
Aug 3, 2003, 13:38
 
I've got a 9700 pro and SBlive EAX .. and won't buy jack until the latest game won't run very well at medium play levels. I don't need the highest settings, and won't do the lowest if I can help it. We'll see how well HL2 runs.. not really planning on going crazy buying new stuff just because it has higher version numbers.

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Re: Sweet
Aug 3, 2003, 13:36
indiv
 
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Re: Sweet Aug 3, 2003, 13:36
Aug 3, 2003, 13:36
 indiv
 
This is in reply to a prevous post you made to me here:
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=43282&boardid=1&id=103287&view=flatnew&start=0

Then reply to the message IN THAT THREAD! Jeez, what's wrong with you?

Edit: Ok, I see that you did reply to it in that thread. In that case, we don't need notifications in every other thread on the board that you replied to the message.

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Re: Sweet
Aug 3, 2003, 13:30
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Re: Sweet Aug 3, 2003, 13:30
Aug 3, 2003, 13:30
 
HA HA HA Danny Boy!"
This is in reply to a prevous post you made to me here:
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=43282&boardid=1&id=103287&view=flatnew&start=0

Once again you have made a case of ignorance for yourself.
Simile, is when you take two words that don't mean the same and put them together as a word...

you know? like M-E-T-A-P-H-O-R? You have a long ways to go man.. ha ha ha ha.

You can't win with me Dude, matter a fact Blue just posted a new item that states ATI has said HL2 will definetly be arriving on the shelf by Sept 12, 2003. But Valve will not support it with comments. I'd say that about plays into the role of modesty. ;p

-The Dude-

Vic B.

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-The Dude-

Vic B.
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Re: No subject #8
Aug 3, 2003, 13:27
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Aug 3, 2003, 13:27
 
I agree. I bought the Radeon 9500 Pro not long after they started shipping and I only paid $182 (US) for an OEM board. A couple months later I ended up getting a new ASUS A7N8X Deluze motherboard, adding another stick of 512mb DDR, and a new case with 440 watt power supply. I spent less than $500 and got almost an entire new system except for the CPU. Or I could have blown that whole wad of money on one video card.

I will never buy the top of the line video card again. Unless you have money to burn it's just like throwing it out the window. Wait a few months or buy the next card down in the series. I have been doing that for years now and it hasn't failed me yet.

Same thing applies to CPUs.

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new vid card
Aug 3, 2003, 13:27
Jim
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new vid card Aug 3, 2003, 13:27
Aug 3, 2003, 13:27
Jim
 
Hmm, I was considering replacing my Ti4600 with a Rad9800 pro before HL2/Doom3 are released anyway, anyone have the specs on the 9900 pro?

Jim
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Aug 3, 2003, 13:22
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Re: No subject Aug 3, 2003, 13:22
Aug 3, 2003, 13:22
 
why is nin's racism tolerated?

fly boy i will save you
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