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Replace old Geforce2 MX 400 with new Radeon 9200SE?

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December 21, 2004 7:17:57 PM

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Hi
I know you are unlikely to be impressed by the choice, but I'm wondering
whether to replace a 32MB Geforce2 MX 400 legacy card with a brand new
128MB 9200SE that just fell my way.

It seems that the extra memory may be useful on a 4 yr old P3 1000 Mhz
system with 768 MB ram. Any thoughts?

Rubix
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December 21, 2004 10:02:56 PM

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"Rubix" <chessmaster@gmx.co.uk> wrote in message
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> Hi
> I know you are unlikely to be impressed by the choice, but I'm wondering
> whether to replace a 32MB Geforce2 MX 400 legacy card with a brand new
> 128MB 9200SE that just fell my way.
>
> It seems that the extra memory may be useful on a 4 yr old P3 1000 Mhz
> system with 768 MB ram. Any thoughts?
>
> Rubix
>

As far as I know the 9200SE is a DirectX 8.1 card whereas any MX card is
only DirectX 7. DirectX 8.1 will open up options like pixel and vertex
shaders (which will make your games look prettier) if your games support it.
I also suspect that as well as more memory for textures, the 9200SE will run
at faster speeds so you should get slight better performance to boot.

A few years back I went from a Geforce 2 MX to a Radeon 8500LE (very similar
to a 9200SE) on an Athlon 1.2 GHz and the performance gain in things like
3DMark2001 was very noticeable.

I would go for it - I'm sure you will not be disappointed.

Glenn
December 22, 2004 12:34:18 AM

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"Glennbo" <glenns.spambox@tesco.net> wrote in message
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>
> "Rubix" <chessmaster@gmx.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:41c84cb0$0$42562$ed2619ec@ptn-nntp-reader03.plus.net...
>> Hi
>> I know you are unlikely to be impressed by the choice, but I'm wondering
>> whether to replace a 32MB Geforce2 MX 400 legacy card with a brand new
>> 128MB 9200SE that just fell my way.
>>
>> It seems that the extra memory may be useful on a 4 yr old P3 1000 Mhz
>> system with 768 MB ram. Any thoughts?
>>
>> Rubix
>>
>
> As far as I know the 9200SE is a DirectX 8.1 card whereas any MX card is
> only DirectX 7. DirectX 8.1 will open up options like pixel and vertex
> shaders (which will make your games look prettier) if your games support
> it. I also suspect that as well as more memory for textures, the 9200SE
> will run at faster speeds so you should get slight better performance to
> boot.
>
> A few years back I went from a Geforce 2 MX to a Radeon 8500LE (very
> similar to a 9200SE) on an Athlon 1.2 GHz and the performance gain in
> things like 3DMark2001 was very noticeable.
>
> I would go for it - I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
>
> Glenn
dont get a SE card if you can help it. The LE (in Glenns case)
was just a slower clocked card but the SE versions are reduced
bandwidth (64bit instead of 128) and that makes a lot of differance.
It'll still be a step up from a MX400 but better choices would be
8500 or 9100 (these have more texture units than the later models)
9000pro or 9200.
the nvidia alternative would a simple geforce4 mx440 - it may not support
shaders but games that use shaders wont run on a 1gig CPU any good so forget
em.
Anonymous
December 22, 2004 4:50:16 AM

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Rubix wrote:
> Hi
> I know you are unlikely to be impressed by the choice, but I'm
> wondering whether to replace a 32MB Geforce2 MX 400 legacy card with
> a brand new 128MB 9200SE that just fell my way.
>
> It seems that the extra memory may be useful on a 4 yr old P3 1000
> Mhz system with 768 MB ram. Any thoughts?
>
> Rubix

I ditched a GF2MX for a Gigabyte 9200 128 mb on a work pc and it picked up
the pace a bit. On occasion the odd game is played and it is smooth. If it
is free, why not?

Shannon
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