I need to upgrade video card of old desktop PC.
I tried "PNY NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256MB DDR2 AGP" graphics card.
I'm looking for a new or used card BETTER than above "GeForce 6200 256MB" which is :
2. Economical - below $50 (I understand it means that card might not be of current generation)
3. Should have 3D Accelerated Video with 256Mb (512MB preferred) dedicated video memory & Pixel Shader 3.0 support.
Is "PNY NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256MB" card BETTER than ATI Radeon 9600 and NVidia Geforce Ti4200 ? By how much ?
One thing that will help you is this graphic card hierarchy chart which shows the different relative power of graphic cards. It includes cards that are PCIex16 along with AGP cards, so make sure a specific card is available (many aren't) in AGP. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
another thing you have to take into account is how much power each specific graphic card needs, some have high power requirements which might require you to also upgrade the power supply of your system.
The X1300, 6200, Ti4200 and ATI 9600 all perform at about the same level.
You might be able to find a HD2600 PRO or a HD2600 XT or a HD3650 at your budget... but i couldn't as those would be what i'd recommend.
The x1 series is just old. The HD2 series didn't bring much to the table, they ran hot, used a lot of power, and were quite underwhelming. Though, the 2600 is a decent entry card and is much faster than the 3450.
The 3650 is pretty much the same as the 2600 series cards but it uses less power and adds support for DX 10.1 (big whoop ). The 2600XT card is a little faster than the 3650 as it has higher clocks, but it also uses considerably more power.
Fanless are best used with a system that already has decent airflow, most prebuilt systems (Dell, HP, Compaq etc.) have pretty poor cooling, for those i'd recommend a fan design. I've never had a GPU fan go out on me, some with years of use, YMMV. I'd stay with the HD3650 DDR2, but the 2600XT would work. Both the 2600XT and the HD3650 are ATI.