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Help with graphics card please

By pez
Feb 10, 2004
  1. I am thinking of buying a Hercules Radeon 9200SE 128MB DDR AGP RP VO.
    Here's the link,

    http://www.dabs.com/uk/productview?quicklinx=2QJ5?refererid=t5

    At present i have Agp x4 Mobo.
    Could anyone tell me if the above card would run in my board,
    (would a x8 card run on a x4 mobo) ?

    Also, is this particular card any good ?

    Thanx for any help in advance.

    cheers.
     
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,356   +283

    An 8x AGP card would run in a 4X AGP slot - but that isn't exactly a good card. It's pretty slow for both today's and tomorrow's games.
     
  3. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 201

    The card would work in your pc but you would hav to set the card to 4x not 8x. It wouldn't be using the full capabilities of the card, to addition the 9200SE isn't really a card I would advise you to get due to the upcoming games (Doom3, half-life2, quake 4, unreal tournament 2004 etc). These are heavy demands for future games so I recommend getting a 9800SE if ur still intersted in the SE's but otherwise get a 9800 pro they're sweeeeeeeeeet!!!!:grinthumb
     
  4. DaveSylvia

    DaveSylvia TS Rookie Posts: 127

    The 9800 Pro is a great card but the 9800SE is not! Its slower than a 9600 Non-pro! At that price/performance get the Radeon 9600 Pro! You'll probably be able to find one around $145. You might also consider the Nvidia Geforce FX 5900 for around $185-$200. If all of those are out of your price range, consider waiting for a few months. New video cards from both Nvidia and Ati are nearing their release. The new cards are sure to lower current prices.
     
  5. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 201

    You're right BUT the 9800SE is considerably better than the 9200SE and because they are small cards I think pez doesn't like bigger cards (9800pro, 9600pro etc) otherwise yeh a 9600pro would be a great choice. SO if size doesn't matter and you dont mind having a sperate power for your new card get a 9600pro otherwise got for one of the SE models.


    PS: the Nvidia FX cards are not working properly with Dirext X9 and it makes you think if DirectX10 will be any better. (in other words gom with ATI :D )
     
  6. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 422

    please? are we not past this "nvidia cards can't draw DX9" rubbish? Yes the Geforce FX had a bad start - but now nvidia can match ATi's image quality and near performance in both the mid-range and the high-end in DX9 enabled games.
    http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=article&dId=613
    This says it all
    A 5700 Ultra can perform as well as (and even outperform) a 9600XT, and a 5900SE will destroy the 9600XT.
    A 5950 Ultra can hold its ground against a 9800XT in most cases.
    nvidia have caught up - and the new drivers promise 20% performance. Ok, while this might be marketing rubbish any performance boost is worth it now nvidia have the image quality sorted out

    Steg
     
  7. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 201

    yeh, i just like ATI too much....Nvidia hav improved but I had a bad start with Nvidia..lol :cool:
     
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,356   +283

    LOL - you must be new to the video card game then. ATI had a much worse start earlier in the game.
    BTW - don't expect any difference in performance between 4X AGP and 8X AGP. If you're at the point where you're using it to pass textures things are probably already much too slow for that card.
     
  9. pez

    pez TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you all for your reply's.
    I think i'll hang on for a while and wait for these new cards to arrive.
    As you can see buy the price of the card i wanted, i haven't got much to spend, certainly not in the £300.00 range, i like a bit of gaming, but not that much !
    Anyway, thanks again, much appreciated.

    ;)
     
  10. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 422

    Ah.....we would all dearly love to have £300 to spend on a GFX card alone....then that much again on RAM....and again on a CPU....and again on HDD's....and again on speakers

    oh the list goes on :D

    Steg
     
  11. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 201

    lol yeh but by the time you have all the cool stuff there's TONS of new stuff that comes out that you want!!! :D




    The list goes on and on :p
     
     
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