I'm trying to get a feel for the 2D performance, which is where most of our work takes place. For instance, the last video card I replaced I used an 8600GT, which is noticeably faster than our old 6600 cards. So I'm wondering where the sweet spot lies.
I don't know much about it but all of the cards you mentioned in your original post should be much better in 2d drawing than the 8600gt.
The 9600gt is a massively better card than the 8600gt in 3d terms, and I'd assume that applies towards 2d as well. I truly couldn't tell you for sure at 2d, but those cards you mentioned are all on a similar level in 3d performance, and well ahead of the 8600gt in the same regard. At least twice as good, going to 3x and more.
I doubt they will perform as well in 2d but there surely should be at least a noticable improvement, at least I'd hope so.
There is mod for ATI cards also, but I lost my link to it.
OP please don't double post.
Thanks for the help. Sorry about the double post; I wasn't logged in when I went to post the message, and evidently when I logged in during posting the message it caused a double post (first click without being logged in, second click after logging in.)
I use the 8800GT also and very impressed, the last monitor was the Samsung 226BW (excelent) but just got the HP LP2465 wow .
I work with all types of CADD applications for 3d + 2d draughting and find this a very good card, more than capable. I got the card for gaming purposes - I use workstation type cards at the office and not impressed one bit compared to the caming cards. Ive been on cadd for well over 20 years so Im no novice.