Buying a new AGP video card. Help!

By wolfram · 12 replies
Nov 24, 2005
  1. I need to toss away my crappy SIS Mirage graphics, I really hate it, so I visited Newegg and liked this:

    It´s a 256Mb card, with an interface of 128 bits, and I can afford it. I can only afford 55 dlls, so this is the best. I don´t play very much on the PC, i prefer playing with mi PS2.
    Any BUDGET suggestion would be very nice. Thanks.
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    I'd recommend against it if you can wait another week or two and scrap up like $65-$70. The 9200/9500 series do not even have most DX9.0 features, so unless you're planning on playing older games, a smarter upgrade would be to a more DX9.0 compliant card.

    You can find Saphire 9600 Pro's on NewEgg for like $68. These would be substantially better, while I'd still say it's not even worth the fuss or hassle of an upgrade until you can get to the 6600/X800GTO level or greater... a 9600 Pro would at least offer more DirectX 9.0 features and decent lower-end performance.
  3. mattw

    mattw TS Rookie Posts: 88

    go with a 256MB 9600XT and really you want a card with a 256bit memory interface as 128bit is slowish.

    that usually costs about £70 i think lol :cool:
  4. Hi, been having alook at the website link in your post,

    If you can go to this ammount this card looks OK.

    XGI VOLARI V5 Volari V5 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

    D-SUB: 1
    DirectX: DirectX 9
    DVI: 1
    Max Resolution: 2048x1536@85Hz
    Memory Interface: 256-bit
    OpenGL: OpenGL 1.5
    RAMDAC: 400 MHz
    Tuner: None
    TV-Out: S-Video Out
    VIVO: No

    Model #: V5 256MB AGP
    Item #: N82E16814270003

    Anyone else have any views on this card?

  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,967   +9

    I was thinking the same yesterday.
    "Do I wait a couple of weeks and get a better card?"
    Now, I can spend up to $75, and thinking seriously in the Sapphire 9600PRO. Just a question:
    The 9550 has 256MB and the 9600 128MB. Is that a big difference?
    Thanks, and i am open to suggestions.
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,967   +9

  7. Hi,

    Tried to look at the links above, but their website has just gone down! :(

    Will have a look later.

  8. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    The 9600 Pro you have linked is a fine card.. very good performer. It's the same one I was referring to at $68 but has gone up $2 off sale hehe.

    The difference between 128mb and 256mb really doesn't come into play in this level of videocards- mainly because higher resolutions with antialiasing and super ultra textures is what consumes the most amount of vram. A 9600 Pro (or 9550 for that matter) doesn't have the GPU horsepower for any of this truly, so it's a moot point.

    There is no difference in performance between a 128mb and 256mb otherwise. It's just how soon game texture settings, resolution and AA runs out of vram and has to start using system ram. In all actuality, a 9600 Pro will become fillrate limited long, long before it could effectively hit 128mb vram usage.

    So I say go for the 128mb model. To give you some indication of the brackets of upgrade:
    9600/9700 Series -Lower end
    6600GT/X800 GT/9800XT - Middle end
    X850/6800GT - High End
    X1800/7800GTX - Ultra High End/cutting edge

    I'd say not to worry about 128mb vs 256mb for anything than the High to Ultra End as these cards are the only ones where 128mb would start to get tight- since they can indeed handle playing games at 1600x1200 with 4-sample antialiasing and 100MB+ of textures in Ultra Game modes.

    There are some rare exceptions- such as certain older NVIDIA cards where the speed of the memory used differred between the 128mb and 256mb models, so a smallish (like 2% hehe) difference could be yielded... but this had nothing to do with the memory size- just different/slightly higher clocked chips used on the physical board. The 9600 series doesn't have this to worry about.
  9. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,967   +9

  10. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    You'll be happy with that card. My roomie has that exact same card in an AMD 2500+ with 1 gig ram. It plays all the latest games at 1024x768 medium settings or 800x600 with higher settings. It's a really good value for the price.
  11. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,967   +9

    I want this card specially for soldier of fortune 2. I hope that my celeron 2.6GHZ :knock: can keep up with it.
    Anyway, i was planning to buy a FX5200, but I saw the 9600XT "Bravo" at that price, and decided to buy it.
  12. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,967   +9

    Big Problem!

    I saw Newegg´s site today and discovered that they no longer have the Powercolor card. So I decided to get this:

    Its a Sapphire card, 9600XT 128MB. I think it is no difference between this and the powercolor one. Just memory, but as Sharkfood said, it´s not important that difference.
    What do you think about this???
    Do you guys know if Newegg can ship to a P.O Box using USPS??
  13. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

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