Okay, I really appreicate all the help and advice I recieved on my earlier question, and in that everyone pointed me towards a Radeon 8500. It turns out I'll have just a few more dollars to spend, and will be able to get a Geforce4 Ti200 if I want. So what I want to know is which would be better?
If the Ti4100 was announced today at a 35% savings over the Ti4200 but was 20% slower would you buy it? That's the question. Oh yeah and say there was a driver reliability issue which favored the 4200 and a video out issue which favored the 4100, issues which were secondary to the price and the performance. Opinions on the percentages are welcome. Not trying to be right, just trying to direct traffic.
You are right on in your directions. I chose the 8500LE to replace the MX2 200 in my AMD650, PowerColor MB, 256MB PC-133 to play Age of Mythology, MW4, MW4BK & DiabloIIE. I was having frame rate problems with AOM and wasn't sure if it was cpu or gpu that was at fault. The 8500LE took care of these problems pronto. MW4 is noticeably better with the 8500LE, both front and rear views. I didn't see any difference in DiabloIIE. I got the 8500LE for $71 and the cheapest 4200 was $110. The latter isn't 55% better. I am saving the $39 towards a NV30 class card when I build a new rig later.