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128mb 9700pro vs 512mb geforce6200

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January 13, 2006 7:53:04 PM

I currently have a ati 9700pro in my computer. I wasn't looking to upgrade, but in my wanderings I can across XFX PVT44AYAL6 Geforce 6200 512MB GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - for about $100 and was wondering if that is a good deal worth looking into? I cant seem to find much information review wise for the card and really don't know if it will offer that much more performance than my 9700. Thanks for the help!
January 13, 2006 7:57:31 PM

Your 9700 PRO will destroy a 6200 of any flavor.

To bother upgrading on the AGP platform, you'd need to get an X800 GTO, X800 XT, 6800 GS, 6800 GT, or 6800 Ultra.

The 6600 GT and X800 GT are, say, 10 to 15% better than your 9700 PRO as well, but I wouldn't bother upgrading to them. Wouldn't be worth the performance increase for the money. You probably wouldn't even notice it all that much.

Your 9700 PRO still stands up pretty well.
January 13, 2006 8:27:08 PM

If you google the product name, you'll see that it's actually a 6800GT 512MB. No 6200 on Earth should have 512MB of GDDR2 RAM.
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January 13, 2006 8:31:54 PM

im not sure but i believe there are a few 6200's with 512 memory, although i agree that it shouldnt have 512 because ull never use that much memeory on such a slow card but, i believe they come in 32,64,128,256, and ever 512 (the 32 and 64 128 are turbocache i think) correct me if im mistaken... also the 6800 has gddr3... i doubt theyd downgrade the gddr to gddr2 and add twice as much.... unless its some marketing idea
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January 13, 2006 9:07:47 PM

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If you google the product name, you'll see that it's actually a 6800GT 512MB. No 6200 on Earth should have 512MB of GDDR2 RAM.


When I google it I get tons and TONS of GF6200s, and while it's pointless to put 512MB on a GF6200, it doesn't mean they won't do it, just like 256MB on an MX4000 or FX5200 or the 512MB on the plain X1300s out there.

Google it yourself and this is the card I get from Tiger direct, which is a 6200 NOT a 6800;

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1646809&CatId=28

Passive cooling no less.
a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2006 12:17:29 AM

oooh nice! Droolz! :roll:

I had a customer tonight who just said he wants to upgrade his video card to a 256. In his voice was pure conviction that doubling his vram would make all the differenc in the world. Anyway, he leans toward NV so I am recommending 6600GT 128MB or 6800GS (AGP). Basically only two choices I see for him. Then again, I missed that beauty you linked to here. :wink:
January 14, 2006 6:46:03 PM

BUT if you google the product code(or whatever it's called), which is XFX PVT44AYAL6, it comes up wth a 6800.
January 14, 2006 7:53:11 PM

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BUT if you google the product code(or whatever it's called), which is XFX PVT44AYAL6, it comes up wth a 6800.


Okay so they have the wrong model number, but that doesnt mean the card doesnt exist.

as it is list right here.:
http://www.xfxforce.com/web/product/listConfigurations....

as to 9700 VS 6200, keep the 9700 or upgrade to a 6800GS agp version
January 14, 2006 9:08:41 PM

6200 512MB! For those who want to have 5FPS on Quake 4 w/ Ultra Quality!
January 14, 2006 9:48:31 PM

My 9700 pro with my Northwood(3250mhz) benches around 4200 points on 3Dmark03. The sapphire 9800pro that I've ever so quickly had, was along the lines of 5300points.

Then, I'm seeing bench's of the 6800GS on par or out preforming 6800GT's. Which tend to run in the neighborhood of 10.5 - 11k.
@ 6300points, thats nearly of 40% increase from my 9700.
So, even though I dont put too much faith in benchmarks, the jump from a 9700 to an AGP 6800GS would be extremely noticable...not to mention worth it. Possibly the best price/preformance card on the market, next to the 7800GT
January 15, 2006 2:03:41 AM

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I currently have a ati 9700pro in my computer. I wasn't looking to upgrade, but in my wanderings I can across XFX PVT44AYAL6 Geforce 6200 512MB GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - for about $100 and was wondering if that is a good deal worth looking into? I cant seem to find much information review wise for the card and really don't know if it will offer that much more performance than my 9700. Thanks for the help!

The 512MB GeForce 6200 MIGHT make sense... If you're running at 640x480, using the highest texture detail and anisotropic filtering in games, and cutting every other setting to nill. In which, the afformentioned settings that would actually make use of 512MB would be utterly pointless.

The Radeon 9700pro is close in power to the plain GeForce 6600, though I'd put it a little better than the GeForce card. It may be from way back in 2002, but it still can pull its weight. Unless you plan on spending some $200US or more, keep your 9700pro; anything less would be, at best, a marginal upgrade, and possibly a downgrade, such as that 6200 would be.

As a GENERAL rule, a top-level card from one generation will roughly equate the best mid-range cards from the next. Often, though, it'll be even better; the Radeon X850XT PE nearly reaches the GeForce 7800GT, for instance, and will obviously demolish any 7600 card that comes out.
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