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Upgrade video card of old desktop PC.

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 14, 2009 2:34:55 PM


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 :
1. AGP
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 ?

I saw this card "Visiontek Radeon X1300 XGE 512MB AGP DDR2 Video Card" at:
Please compare it with "PNY NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256MB" ?

Please also suggest new/used video cards, meeting 3 criteria.

Thank You.

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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2009 6:08:01 PM

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.,...

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.

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January 15, 2009 2:27:54 AM


Is this the ranking in decreasing order of performance ?
* POWERCOLOR AG3650 512MD2 Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP
* POWERCOLOR HD2600XT 512M AGP Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP
* SAPPHIRE 100175L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP
* POWERCOLOR X1650PRO 256/64 AGP Radeon X1650PRO 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP
* ASUS AH3450/HTP/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X (slowest ?)
January 15, 2009 3:00:03 AM

3650 and 2600xt will be close, the ddr3 versions will be faster, though. 1650pro with 64bit ddr2 is slower than a the one with 128bit. Then there is the 3450.
January 15, 2009 3:31:07 AM

It's there. In the same level as the 9800pro.

If memory servers me correct, it is pretty much the same as a 4350, which is listed on the same level as a 2400xt.
January 15, 2009 8:44:47 PM

Someone recommended staying away from x1k, x2k series ?

Is it true that HD2600 is several times more powerful than the 3450 ?
January 19, 2009 9:01:31 PM

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.
a c 107 U Graphics card
a b Î Nvidia
January 20, 2009 5:10:20 AM

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.
January 23, 2009 1:15:51 PM

Please tell should I buy FAN or FAN-LESS (less power requirement) ?
January 23, 2009 1:16:57 PM

Is FANLESS OK ? (no Fan to go bad, less power requirement)

How often does fan go bad ?
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2009 3:43:47 PM

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.
January 27, 2009 4:57:06 AM

Thank you guys for your help!

Between "X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit" AND "ASUS Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit", which is better for old titles (only pixel shader 3, no HD video) ?

How much difference extra 256Mb makes in X1650PRO ?

Can either play old titles, at acceptable quality, at higher than 1024 x 768 resolution ?