My cousin bought a new radeon, and he has his old video card just laying around so he asked if I wanted it and I said sure. It's a Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 256MB of Video Ram.
Anyways, what I wanted to know was if I should stick with my Radeon 9600 SE 128MB card, or switch to my cousin's old Geforce FX 5200 256MB.
Specs for each: Graphic Processor NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 GPU Clock Speed 250 MHz (Gonna overclock) RAMDAC Speed 400 MHz Card Interface AGP 8x Installed Memory 256 MB Memory Tech DDR SDRAM Memory Data Width 128-bit Fill Rate 63 Million vertices/sec
Graphic Processor ATI RADEON 9600 SE GPU Clock Speed 325 MHz RAMDAC Speed 400 MHz Card Interface AGP 8x Installed Memory 128 MB Memory Tech DDR SDRAM Memory Data Width 64-bit Fill Rate 1.3 Bilion pixels/se
(If you need more info, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compar...rocessing_Units http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compar...rocessing_Units)
Thanks for any help :)
Stick with your 9600. ;)
You could always benchmark each card in your rig to be sure though. Just make sure to thoroughly clean out the old drivers between card swaps (use driver cleaner pro, a free app).
Isn't having a 128-bit videocard over a 64-bit a huge differece though?
Anyone else got a suggestion? Oh, and for some reason on DOD:S I have the new Phong shading on the 5200, but not on the 9600.
it does make a difference but the effect won't be that visable due to the GPU Clock speed, your current card has a faster clock speed and generally ATI are a better make, but as said benchmark them and see the results for yourself
While the ATI might have been the better card in its day, I think NVidia may have the advantage.
NVidia cards often gain a lot of extra performance, after several driver revisions. Not to mention the fact that the NVidia meets, or exceeds the ATI in every area other than raw clock speed.
While the 5200 is a bargain card, the 9600 was never a top of the line product.
That extra Video RAM is starting to mean a lot with newer games.
I am leaning seriously towards the Geforce.
That's what I was thinking. I can try to overclock the 5200's clockspeed to about 325. My computer's temperature is about 25-27C so I think I can really push the nvidia.
Well, thanks for everyone's comments, thoughts, opinions, etc. Gonna go test out source and bench both of these.