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#1 14 years ago

Ok, i didn't post this in the offtopic section because it's like 100 post there. But if the mods/devs move/delite it i won't whine.

This is my problem: Im sitting on an old GeForce 4 mx440 64 meg and it starts to suck so i've decided to buy a new graphic card, but i don't know wich. Im willing to spend about 100 dollars on one, maybe 150 if it's really good.

Is the Connect3D Radeon 9200 256MB any good? I found that's it very cheap and it's 256 MB. But I don't wan't to throw away my money on a half-assed crap card so i would be very glad if you guys could give me a tip on wich card that's the best buy.

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#2 14 years ago

9200 is a bad budget card (if I remember correctly it can't even fully use the 256 MB memory) = crap card. Go for the 9600 Pro. And don't get any SE shit, that's just another term for budget. Or save up and get that 9800 Pro.... :naughty:

edit: this might be of interest: http://www20.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031015/radeon9600xt-25.html




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#3 14 years ago

No one should pay over 200$ for a video card. They simply aren't worth it. Buy a 9700 or a 9700 Pro (if you really want to spend money). They are both great cards and will both blow that GF4 MX440 out of the water. I used to have a MX440 and it ran BF decent at best. Updated to a 9700 pro 128 @ 150$ (USE PRICEWATCH OR EBAY) and bf can be run at high res with all the graphics pumped.




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#4 14 years ago

9600 minimum




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#5 14 years ago

ok, thought it was someting wierd with the 9200...I surfed a bit on pricerunner.se (its like pricewatcher but on swedish) and found out that the 9600 would be the best buy because it was much cheaper than the 9700.

Thx for the feedback guys

I think i will go for the ATI Radeon 9600 pro m 256mb ddr (only cost a few bucks more than the 128 MB, dunno why) is that a good choice?




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#6 14 years ago

If you want ATI Id go with a 9500 or 9600 minimum. Any of the 9000 series ATI cards are supposed to be DX9 compatible. The Radeon 7500, 9000, and 9200 are budget cards missing some features so tnot really all that good a deal. As mentioned in another posts 2 of the Radeon 9200's pipelines are disabled so you lose a large chunk of processing ability.

If you want Nvidia I'd go with a Geforce FX 5600, 5200 minimum. The Geforece FX series are all supposed to be DX9 compatible. Not sure if that applies to the 5200 as it is the budget card.

Alot of the newer games use 80MB of texture memories or more, so 128MB is the minimum so the card doesnt have to spend time swapping textures in system memories.

Also not sure whether your system will support a 8X agp Card. You dont need a 8X AGP card. There is not enough of a boost in performance to justify a 8x AGP card. Tests at places like Toms Hardware website have shown almost a negligible performance boost. This means the bottleneck is not in the AGP bus but in the graphics processor and memory speed. Faster graphics processor and faster memory speed are the ticket.

And if you want to be that strange guy that doesnt use either brand Matrox Parahelia is probably gonna be expensive but does allow you to run 3 monitors at once. Good for that panaromic view.




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#7 14 years ago

A good site to check prices for us swedes: http://buggy.no-ip.com/ ;)




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#8 14 years ago

That's one kick ass site, and its on swedish too ;)

And i got a quetion too: If my motherboard only supports 4xAGP, can i use a 8xAGP card?

and (can't edit because it's been more than 15 mins since i posted) Is the 9600/9600 pro 8x? Sorry if im rather noobish, not so good on hardware(yet hehe)

[edit] you may not be able to edit but i can. there ya go.[/edit]




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#9 14 years ago

and (can't edit because it's been more than 15 mins since i posted) Is the 9600/9600 pro 8x? Sorry if im rather noobish, not so good on hardware(yet hehe)




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#10 14 years ago

you can use an 8x in a 4x AGP mobo with no probs...i also recommend the 9600 pro. i had a GF 5600 and wasnt too impressed.