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Is it worth upgrading my graphics card

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by azzo, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. azzo

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    Currently got a geforce2 gts. Would it be worth upgrading
    to something like an fx 5200 for direct X 9.0 compatibility?
    It's about all I can afford at the mo.
    I can't find true polygon count comparisons anywhere.
    Thanx
    Azzo.
     
  2. Garrett

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    I generally work by the rule if it plays all the games I want to play without major slowdowns or compromising too much of the resolution. I do not upgrade.
    I also never buy the top card or just when a new type has just come out as the price will drop.
     
  3. james.miller

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    that isnt exactly an upgrade. Moving to an fx5200 is more like a sidestep.
     
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    :eek: ... a GF2 GTS is on a par with an FX5200? :confused:

    Agreed with Garrett, it all depends on the games you play.

    Some useful articles at Tom's which may interest you ... the last 4 digits or the URL are month/day of their appearance:

    http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20021218/index.html
    http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030120/index.html
    http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030714/index.html
     
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    I can see now that this wouldn't be an upgrade in terms of performance, so I guess I should wait until the 5600/5900 come down in price. (Don't ask me why, but I'm not a fan of the Radeon series!)
    Do Doom3/HalfLife 2 look much better under DirectX 9.0?
    KRaGorn, thanks for those links, they are in fact the ones I have been looking at but it is difficult to make a direct comparison because he doesn't give 3DMark2001 scores for the FX cards!
    Azzo.
     
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    Those are the most comprehensive comparisons I'm aware of ... I got to like Radeons with the 9700 and now won't consider nVidia, due to their marketing BS and other business methods ... each to his own I guess. :)
     
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    definately go for a radeon 9700 pro. Its cheaper than a 9800 pro and the cost to performance ratio is much greater in the 9700 pro's favour. Or if you've got a spare £400 get a radeon 9800 pro 256mb. By a mile the best graphics card out there, yet.
     
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    Is there anywhere selling the 9700 pros? I have looked on Dabs and Overclockers but can't see any there? Unless I'm blind/stupid or both, that is...;)

    Russell
     
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    Chances of locating a new 9700 Pro now are slim. Better to get a 9800 non-Pro (preferably with Samsung chips).
     
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    try www.aria.co.uk for the 9600 pro 128mb

    excellent value for money at £109
     
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    Well, I'd rather get something a lot faster than my Ti4200. I think the 9600 PRO's graphical quality is better than my Ti, but the performance gains aren't good enough. In fact, my card will out-perform the 9600 PRO in some cases I have seen.

    I was actually thinking of getting a Crucial 9800 pro direct from them. It seems to be quite cheap at £264.36 incl VAT. I assume that the difference in performance between a 9800 and the PRO version is significant?

    Russell
     
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    depends on whether you are comparing the 256mb and the 128mb versions mate ;)
     
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    Have you seen the price of the 256MB version? No, it will have to be the 128 version.

    Russell
     
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    meh!

    what's money got to do with it?

    ;)
     
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    I see there is a new model Radeon, the 9800 XT shipping now or very soon. This is expected to replace the 9800 Pro. Toms hardware has a review of an Asus model as well as talking about vendors being able to produce not just Nvida or Radeon cards but both now, so this supposedly means the prices will drop soon.
     

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