View Full Version : Should I order the G400MAX now or wait?

25th June 1999, 09:36
I'm definitely getting the G400MAX. I can't think of any reall good reason not to oder one now except for the following:

1. Price(I'm not to concerned with price)
2. Everyone has so called beta drivers and beta cards as opposed to the real thing.

So, knowing this, I can't think of any other reason not to pre-order from Matrox. I've read some folks stories aobut there status, but please fill me in again about your current order status and what matrox is saying. also, I'm looking for any other opinions that want to be thrown my way.



25th June 1999, 14:17
Not that this will make me a popular guy, but the only other thing that could hold you back is time. When will the cards be available? Who knows? I dare say Matrox doesn't even know, the way they keep putting us off.

As the day of the G400MAX approaches we must all find strength in each other to make it through these hard times. We may be tempted by the devil: the evil TNT2 Ultra, and the dark overlord voodoo3. Fear not, by the power of MURC we will all one day be proud G400 owners. So let us join hands in this, our hour of need. SteveC, kruzin, maggie, Ant, everyone!. May the power of MURC be with us. http://forums.gagames.com/forums/smile.gif

I should have been a priest, but that sex thing was too much to give up. http://forums.gagames.com/forums/smile.gif http://forums.gagames.com/forums/smile.gif


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25th June 1999, 14:50
Hey Hele,
If you haven't already ordered a card you might want to hold off and just keep an eye on your local Comp USA or Best Buy stores. They are Matrox's tier1 retail customers and will be the first to receive cards. The only problem with this is that these stores will be charging the full retail price. I have a feeling that the G400's may be on the shelves next week and I'm going to have a tough time keeping myself from buying one. I've ordered one from Matrox but will probably see them at Comp USA or Best Buy before Matrox ships mine.


25th June 1999, 15:26
I don't know about you Paul, but if the MAX appears in the stores before I get mine from Matrox, I'll buy it anyway! I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to sell the extra one when it finally comes.

I love your post, neo! Trying to resist...so hard...

25th June 1999, 15:54

I know that people talk about tier1 resellers etc..., but I live in the Bay Area and believe me when I tell you that there are plenty of stores around here that will have the G400's just as soon as the bigger stores. If the G400's pop up in CompUSA, I guarantee you that I will go down to the local mom and pop shop and pick it up for 50.00 cheaper. My only concern is that if I dont preorder from Matrox, it will be a while before I get it because of the limited quantity.


26th June 1999, 03:15
I have seen many cases where Best Buy sold cards for below the retail price. When the Viper V770 Ultra TNT2 first hit their shelves, it was priced at $169.99. I didn't see any sale tag on it, so I'm assuming that was the normal price. That is well below retail, isn't it?

I really hope that the MAX doesn't sit on the Best Buy shelves at $250. If it does, it can keep sitting as far as I'm concerned. CompUSA on the other hand ALWAYS seems to sell at the retail price.

26th June 1999, 03:46
ever notice that when compusa has a sale they
never seem to have that item, but they have the more expensive version. i hate compusa. and thire tech people suck too.

I spend way too much time and money on my 3 systems.

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26th June 1999, 16:03
CompUSA here is only doing pre-orders at $279. I was curious and called them this morning. Might as well order from matrox. Or settle for the OEM and find it on the net.

27th June 1999, 07:48
Are Best Buy the american equivalent of our (UK) simply computers, and CompUSA our equivalent of PCWorld? Anyone?


It's Only A Graphics Card!

27th June 1999, 08:57
I got a little story for you merchant2. A friend of mine was looking for a fan for his video card at Compusa. When the salesman showed him where they were the guy told him you'll need to get some velcro to hold in on there. Man if i was there at the time I would have busted out laughing.

The Recoiler

27th June 1999, 09:53
Best buy sells computers like compaq and hp
and also sells software.In addition they
sell music cds,tvs,cameras,videos and car
stereos,etc. Comp usa sells computers and
related products only.IMHO neither has a
very good selection or satisfactory tech support but they do usually have reasonable prices for games.For sound and video cards,etc. the internet wins hands down.

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27th June 1999, 10:38
WTF - If I see a MAX or plain G400 on the shelf here I will probably buy it even though I have ordered a MAX from Matrox. After all I do have two systems at home and can get rid of the G200 easily.

Just remember, a card in the hand is worth more than one on order http://forums.gagames.com/forums/wink.gif

So, as soon as any of you guys see them on the shelf somewhere, let the rest of us know.


27th June 1999, 13:34
Well, I haven't heard anyone give me a good enough reason NOT to order the MAX, so what the hell, I'll do it.


27th June 1999, 13:48
ok, I ordered it. WOOHOO! One of these days I'll have it...As with everyone else, I'll keep you posted.


27th June 1999, 18:14
Hi Steve,

Best Buy is a little like Comet over here (was in one in Las vegas and Boston).
Circuit City is just like PC World over here (Been to one in Orlando).

There is nothing like Fry's Electronics over here http://forums.gagames.com/forums/frown.gif http://forums.gagames.com/forums/frown.gif http://forums.gagames.com/forums/frown.gif http://forums.gagames.com/forums/frown.gif - Spent the afternoon in the LA one till I got dragged out by the missus - what a place! The best reason for visiting the West Coast US of A.


28th June 1999, 09:12

Got stuck in the evil empire of electonics eh? Fry's is like the Wonderland of all electronics if you want to see and touch things. They have damn near everything you can possibly think of. I mean everything! Unfortunately they do not have very good prices most of the time and they have the absolute worst customer service and return policy on the face of the California planet. If I'm looking for something new, I go to Fry's to check it out and then I usually go buy it somewhere else. Notice I said usually http://forums.gagames.com/forums/smile.gif That store is so evil you can't help but to buy something sometimes. Seriously though, do yourself a favor and do not buy anything from that store. If you have to return it, you will be there for hours, literally!


28th June 1999, 11:18
Recoil, hehe im not surprised.

oh hey circuit city has some good deals some times i walked in there on sat and picked up an open box special proscan top of the line dvd player for 279.00 man the thing was new some guy must have got it opened it then the wife must have made him return it. the batterys on the remote wern't even opened.

i spend way too much time and money on my 3 systems.

28th June 1999, 11:39
I bought my G400 Max from Virtual-World.com They seem to know what they are doing. I only had to pay $202.95 A much better price than the Matrox price, I may get it a week at most later, but I'll still get it....