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PCI Graphic Cards

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August 6, 2005 7:25:21 PM

I'm trying to find out what the best PCI(not PCI-Express) card is. So far, the best I could find is either a Radeon 9250 or a GeForce FX 5200. He's trying to play Word of Warcraft, and the minimum recommended is a FX 5700. Are there any PCI cards out there that could put up comprable fps? I haven't been able to find anything. Also, this is probably already apparent, but he doesn't have an AGP slot.


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August 6, 2005 8:50:27 PM

one of throse cheap end dells or something? well i would say that the 9250 is better as it is based on directX 9 (i think...) and the FX 5200 is based on DirectX 8, but because they are PCI i have no idea.
August 6, 2005 10:26:52 PM

I do believe the ATI 8500 / 9100 cards beat the 9250... and for a PCI card, DX8 will likely be better than DX9... you will want the DX9 features disables to get better fps on slow pci cards...

The 9000 / 9200 cards will likely be better than the 9250 as well... stay clear of the FX 5200 line... FX5700... maybe...

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August 7, 2005 3:20:13 PM

do they make a pci 5700? I couldn't find any?
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August 7, 2005 4:21:45 PM

They make a 5700le PCI card. Rather expensive and still just a slow 64-bit mem interface I believe. Look for a 128-bit bus if you can find it. I'd say practically speaking FX5200 is the way to go in PCI. :frown:

Unfortuneatley, whoever made his computer felt it better to save themselves $4-8 on the cost of the motherboard than to give him a decent upgradeable computer. Dell and the other large oems should be ashamed. Honeslty, the FX5200 and R9250 are similar performers and about as good as you will get in PCI, with the edge going to the FX5200. The Radeon 9100 is a bit better if you can still find one. <A HREF="" target="_new">The best PCI-e card is the FX5600 128-bit</A>, but they will be big bucks if you can find one and honestly the performance level is not going to amaze him.

EDIT: I had to add, I don't know if any PCI card will be enough for his games. If possible see how a 64-bit AGP 5200/5700le handles his games as the PCI version won't be far behind.

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<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Pauldh on 08/07/05 12:23 PM.</EM></FONT></P>