are we talking an unlockable 6200 being better than the 9550?
bcs i tried an xfx 6200 with the nv44a core
for you that might not know, some 6200's are unlockable to have more pipelines and vertex's. BUT its really tough to find them. and only the agp ones are unlockable. they have ot have the special nv43 core, not the nv44. if you get a 6200 it can be clocked to 6600 speeds.
but most 6200's are not unlockable and they usually run at 64-bit. which SUCKS. the 9550 here in question runs at 128 bit. the 9550 can also be overclocked to 2x the normal values. you just screw a fan onto the heatsink that comes with it, and that works ok.
so, if you can get a 9550 and overclock it, and if you can get this 6200 but it cant be overclocked or unlocked, is the 9550 better?
so ... i ran across both of these just weeks ago pickin up the 6200 from goodwill.. and it was a BFG overclocked version... also i have a 9550 already installed in my office computer.. been there for months and i have been pleased with performance.. runs the sims 3 with ease.. also i added a tri fan setup to the heatsink .. which was mentioned in the reply above... i installed the 6200 today and wow... after all drivers were installed it restarted the comp and right away i noticed the difference... ran sims3 like it was running a commodor game.. maybe thats overreacting but its a noticeable difference.. i run win7 32bit btw...
I just nabbed a BFG 6800oc from geeks.com for $28. A little extra life breathed into this old box is certainly welcome. Not sure if it's still there but it's pretty solid performance for these old AGP rigs.
CON: The 6800 i installed is not as good as the 9550 when it comes to multi-display setups... with the 9550 i was able to have dual display and the 32inch all running at once... with the 6800 i get a black an white screen on the 32inch.. also i only have one 22inch now.. so thats no dual display for the card... (in my opinion and situation) ...