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Opportunity Upgrade

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 21, 2003 3:38:19 AM

Looking to do a quick upgrade on my video card. I have a DVI-I Ezio flat panel, XP etc. Do some light gaming around, lots of video work and images.

Thinking around the $100-$150 range, I currently use a GeForce2 Ultra 64MB. Great card in it's day, which was some time back now...

Looking around with the marketing numbers games it is hard to know what is truly better than another. Is for instance a Ti4600 128MB still better than a Ti4200, and would a 5200 beat both - I suspect not since it is cheaper.

I use a 4xAGP board (Tyan MPX).

I have a link on a refurbed MSI Ti4500 for $159 or ATI9600 for $179, which is getting a bit steeper than I'd like.

The 4600 ships with Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Aqua Nox, No One Lives Forever: The Operative, Sacrifice which looks like a good value bundle to me for $159.

Thoughts around this mark appreciated.

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June 21, 2003 2:38:04 PM

A 5200 would get it's ass kicked by a Ti4200.

Your best bets in their price categories, from worst to best, are:

Geforce4 Ti 4200
Radeon 9500 PRO/9600 PRO
Radeon 9700
June 21, 2003 10:59:57 PM

Thanks for the advice, I pulled the trigger on a reconditioned MSI Ti4400 - $120 which seemed a good price. Comparing max 3dmark01s for a 1400-1450Mhz AthlonXP/MP we get (I know they are probably overclocked, but as long as they are all overclocked I figure the ratio of growth is representative since I wanted to force-rank)

GeForce2 Ultra 5511
Ti4200 11375
Ti4400 11582
Ti4600 11558
Radeon 9600 9158 (not many entries)
Radeon 9700/9500 12241

It isn't the latest or greatest, but for $120 I figure it is almost 2x the performance of what I've got. In another year or two I'l get a $120 9700pro or similar and step up $200-$300 under the leading edge since my gaming needs are not that heavy.

Thanks all

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