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Upgrading My Video

By cslord15
Jan 18, 2004
  1. I was thinking of upgrading my GeForce4 Ti4200 to a Radeon 9600 Pro or possibly XT, but I'm not sure as to how much of a performance increase it will make. I'm not willing to shell out $150 if I'm only going to get another few FPS. In addition, I don't want to overload my current power supply.

    Current Specs:
    ->AMD Athlon XP 2400+ (2.0 GHz, not overclocked)
    ->ASUS A7N266-VM Motherboard (AGP 4x, 266 MHz FSB, onboard audio/video -disabled, onboard LAN enabled)
    ->Samsung PC-2100 DDR RAM (512 MB, Single-Channel, No heatspreaders, Not overclocked)
    ->MSI StarForce GeForce4 Ti4200-TD64 (Model # MS-8870) (64 mb, AGP 4x/2x, Overclocked)
    ->Creative Labs PCI 16 Sound Card
    ->Maxtor 40(1) + 80(1) GB Hard Drives
    ->Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM
    ->Sony 24x/12x/32x CD-RW
    ->2 Antec 80 MM Case Fans w/LED
    ->Antec LanBoy ATX Case
    ->Antec TrueBlue 350 Watt Power Supply w/LED

    Other Specs:
    ->Default Video Clocks: 513 MHz(Mem), 250 MHz(Core)
    ->My Video Clocks: 621 MHz(Mem), 265 MHz(Core)
    ->Video Drivers: Nvidia Detonator 53.04
    ->3DMark 2001 Scores - around 9750 (1024 x 768, all other Default Options)
    ->3DMark 2003 Scores - around 1800 (1024 x 768, all other Default Options)
     
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    until recently I ran a radeon 9500 pro on a gigabyte 7vrx board with a amd 2200 t bred. it did 11,300 on 3Dmark 2001 and 3867 on 3dmark 2003

    one hard drive one dvd rom and one CDRW with two antec case fans all running on an antec 330 true power.
     
  3. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    Did you get those 3dmark scores with your card overclocked like that? Ive got the exact same video card except mine is the vtd64(VIVO) and I get a little over 10000 with my XP 2000+ and 512 pc2100 at all stock speeds. I could only get my video memory to get to 596mhz stable and ive even got some phat heatsinks on them.
     
  4. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    You won't see much of a difference unless you're gaming w/ FSAA and AF...The Ti4200 is still a very capable card. If you were currently deciding between the (2) cards, the R9600Pro or XT would be the one to get, but since you *already* own a Ti4200, I'd sit on it a while longer. It's a great card, and still has a little life left in it:grinthumb
     
  5. cslord15

    cslord15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    The 3DMark scores are weird, but I think it has something to do with my monitor, which has a .22 dot pitch. Before I changed to this monitor I was cranking out 11,000, but the refresh rates on that monitor were terrible.
     
  6. tripleione

    tripleione TS Rookie Posts: 154

    I agree with PreservedSwine. Hold on to that GeForce4 Ti 4200 for a while and upgrade some of the other aging parts in your computer, such as your motherboard or soundcard.
     
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