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What Graphics Card

By trick>of>light
Oct 23, 2002
  1. Here's my spec to give some context:

    Athlon XP 2000
    Abit KX7 333
    Radeon 7000
    and the rest

    I plan to get a new graphics card for arounf £130. I was consideringa Geforce 4 Ti4200

    A friend reckons I should wait till the DX9 Cards come out.

    Whats your advice? I'm not hot on video cards.

    cheers guys
     
  2. trick>of>light

    trick>of>light TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sound advice.

    out of interest why forget about 8x AGP?
     
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,581   +103

    x8 AGP has been proven to give little or no visible performance increase over x4. And the 9700 Pro is directx 9 completely compliant, but since games are only just taking advantage of directx 8 more fully it isn't really worth spending money now to get a card that supports directx 9's feature set.
     
  4. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

    8x AGP is irrelevant on Ti4200s and MXs because they are unable to max out the bandwidth of AGP 4x efficiently, unlike their big brothers the 4400 and 4600.

    I would go for a cheap 4200, and then think about upgrading to a DX9 card when you need one. Right now there is only one choice Radeon 9700, which rocks, but at 300 quid is a bit expensive for most people. If you really want DX9 support wait until the 9500 is available, as it is a slighly slower clocked 9700 from what I've heard.

    Soon we will have NV30 and a new ATi chip anyway, so that will make your decision even harder;)
     
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,581   +103

    9500 is quite significantly cut back in comparison to the 9700.

    In benchmarks that I have looked at from several sources the 9500 from ATI seems to sit between the GF4 Ti4200 and the Ti4400.
     
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