Help choosing video card...please

By Loafer
Jun 8, 2003
  1. Hello,
    Been coming to this site for awhile and finally have a reason to post...

    Trying to recommend a video card to a mate, who wants a mid range card mostly for 3D apps. E.G. Auto CAD, 3D Studio Max, Maya(animation) and playing DVD's- he wants to be able to zoom in on 'frozen' pictures. I did warn him 'he will go blind' ;)

    He was looking at a GeForce4 Ti 4200 128mb vivo8XAGP, but I was wondering if an Ati AIW 9100pro would be better ?
    What do you think ?

    Any help appreciated

  2. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Posts: 79

    For gaming performance the ti4200 is better, but for the apps he is going to run I would say to go with the Radeon. ATI's all-in-wonder series has been established for a while now.
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    I agree Shaft, if hes not playing games I'd get the AIW
  4. Loafer

    Loafer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Okay, thanks for the replies.
    I guessed the Ati was a better choice as they always used to be good on image quality (from what I remember).

  5. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    Not to be a spoil sport, but I have not heard many good things about the AIW series of ATi cards. I hear about several driver problems they experience and so on and so forth, I am not saying anything against ATi here, just be aware of what you are buying before you buy it.

    I have heard many more bad things about these cards from actual owners, even on these boards! I would search, but I am in a really lazy mood, so hopefully one of those people will post in here and help you out.

    BTW, as I said, this is not experience, just rumor; so take no notice of me as I don't want to start another controversial war here.
  6. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    go with the G Force FX series
  7. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Im sorry, but that would be the dumbest thing to do. One, the FX(all of 'em) suck, and (2) they're quite costly. Considering hes not playing games, the 9100 AIW, or Ti4200 would suit him quite well :)
  8. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    I'm going to have to disagree here and say, if your going to be doing 3D Modeling, AutoCAD, and other programs like these -- coming from experience; the Geforce3 should be sufficient. If he does choose to play games later on the GF3 would be sufficient for lots of current and upcoming games.

    Edit: As a little background information I was a computer animation major for 9 months and my personal computer was a AMD Duron 800 with 64 megs of RAM and a Geforce2MX400. That alone was more than sufficient for the modeling and graphics that I was doing at the time, and to be 100% honest my system outperformed the Silicon Graphics (SGI) systems that the school had at the them when those systems had more RAM and faster processors.
  9. Loafer

    Loafer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Well I guess I should say something at this point, seeing as I started this thread.
    I should have known that I'd get " 2 for Ati and 2 for geforce". Anyone want to throw in a matrox just to make it a 3 horse race ?
    I think I'll suggest to my mate that he can choose ;) between a Geforce4 and 9000 AIW as I guess both will be adequate for what he wants.
    I must admit I leaning towards the Geforce because of the driver issue with least with Nvidia you get bloody endless drivers to choose from.
    If i'm wrong I'll send him to these boards and this thread and blame you lot ;)

    Thanks again for responding, at least I feel now that it probably wont matter which card he has.

  10. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Why not make this a 3-Way!

    Rotf, go figure eh :eek:

    Its a pleasure here at TS, feel free to stay :)
  11. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 185

    Geforce 3 Ti200

    I've had this card for over a year now and it's awesome, not only cheap but its a great card. Get the 128 mb ddr version too.
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