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e-GeForce 6200 vs. ATI Radeon 9600xt

By cfitzarl
Jun 26, 2006
  1. I just built my own computer afte going crazy for a few years with the Dell Optiplex Gx110, and now have decided to upgrade my S3 UniChrome integrated graphics with something better for playing modern games. I am looking at a 128mb. 64-Bit EVGA e-GeForce 6200 agp 8x, and a 256mb ATI Radeon 9600xt (or tx?) agp 8x. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages, but I am wondering which is better. I play mainly games like The Sims 2 kind of games as well as Action RPG's (like Oblivion, but less demanding). Which is better suited for me? Here are my computer specs. straight from the DirectX Diagnostic Tool:

    Intel(R) Celeron(R) :dead: CPU 2.66 Ghz
    224 MB. Ram (next on my list to upgrade)
    DirectX 8.1 4.08.01.0810 :mad: (will be upgraded to 9.0 by the time anyone reads this)
    Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600)
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Out of those two, the 9600XT is WAY better. But, if you like to play modern games, I`m afraid you`ll need better CPU and GPU. The 9600XT isn`t very good for Oblivion.

    You need at least a Geforce 6600 GT for that game, and of course a good CPU (Athlon 64, P4) to run Oblivion. Very demanding game.....

    Also, Welcome to Techspot!! :wave:
     
  3. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    The 6200 has more features but is slow, too slow to really utilize it's features even. The 9600xt is old, but faster than a 6200.

    My son plays Oblivion with a 9600 All In Wonder(slower than the XT) and it plays fine on low settings 800x600--it still looks very good. My x800gto AGP plays it on high settings 1680x1050 with a little overclock with good FPS.
     
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    When I said Oblivion, I meant games like it, I know it would never work well with my system...my bad. Sorry! When I play the Sims 2 now, I get about 3 fps :mad: (I hate S3 Unichrome Graphics) I already bought the 6200 (for around $30 on ebay). I hope it comes broken so I can return it for a Radeon...
     
  5. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    It will work fine, I think you will even be able to play Oblivion on low settings 600x400.
     
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    Thanks for the support. I'm just happy to have a new computer. My Dell had 933 mhz, and a 110 watt power supply. What a big step to go to a 2.66 ghz computer w/a 450 watt power supply!
     
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9




    How do you overclock the card? (New to graphic cards) Will the 6200 be overclockable?
     
  8. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    Yes you will be able to overclock it with a program like Riva Tuner and others. Clockgen might be able to overclock your Celeron. Get more memory.
     
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    Ohh, my first thread! I can answer my own question now! You should've gotten the 9600XT!!!!!!! I eventually got rid of that card and sold it to a friend for a $0 profit. New computer as well!
     
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