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AGP 4X Card: Need Recommendation

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March 7, 2005 5:36:10 PM

Need to upgrade the video card in my system. It's rather dated so not sure what the best card is given the limitations. Looking for recommendations on the best AGP 4X card.

System Specs
Asus CUSL2 Motherboard
AGP 4X
1 Ghz Pentium III (Overclocked to 1.125 Ghz)
512 MB PC133 SDRAM
Current Video Card: ASUS GeForce2 MX

Thanks,
Jason
March 7, 2005 5:45:53 PM

Find yourself a nice, cheap, used Geforce4 Ti 4200.

The performance increase over your Geforce2 MX will be astronomical, and it should be easy on the pocketbook... used or otherwise.

If you have a couple more bucks to spend you could look for a used 9700 PRO, but that's probably overkill for your rig... unless you plan to upgrade to an AGP platform in the future you could migrate the 9700 PRO to.

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March 7, 2005 6:21:46 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm just looking to squeeze this box for all its worth until I can start from scratch and build a whole new one.

Question: It looks like the Geforce4 Ti 4200 is a AGP 8X card. Can you put an 8x into a 4x slot?
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March 7, 2005 6:36:25 PM

Yep. 8x AGP and 4x AGP have basically the same performance potential. You wouldn't even be able to see a difference.

You can use any 8x AGP card on your motherboard.

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<b>AthlonXP <font color=red>3200+</b></font color=red> <i>(Barton 2500+ o/c 400 FSB)</i>
<b>3dMark03: <font color=red>5,354</b>
March 7, 2005 6:54:01 PM

That's good to know. How well does the Geforce4 Ti 4200 stack up against the FX5200?
March 7, 2005 7:08:57 PM

The GeforceFX 5200 is approximately 60% as good as a Ti4200.

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<b>Radeon <font color=red>9700 PRO</b></font color=red> <i>(o/c 332/345)</i>
<b>AthlonXP <font color=red>3200+</b></font color=red> <i>(Barton 2500+ o/c 400 FSB)</i>
<b>3dMark03: <font color=red>5,354</b>
March 7, 2005 7:23:36 PM

Thanks, I'll see if I can scratch up a good deal on a 4200.

- Jason
March 7, 2005 7:27:13 PM

It depends which features you're looking for.

Compared to fx5200, Ti4200 --> 30 to 120% better in Dx tests, and & 50 to 200% better in OpenGL (but AA 4X AF 8X).
Here's the <A HREF="http://www.3dchips-fr.com/article/0/0/99/8/geforce_fx_5..." target="_new">source</A>

You may have a look @ the link ; it's in french but has got many tables that'll speak clear to you :) 

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