A computer components & hardware forum. HardwareBanter

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

Go Back   Home » HardwareBanter forum » Video Cards » Nvidia Videocards
Site Map Home Register Authors List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Web Partners

Which Nvidia card should I buy?



 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old July 14th 03, 02:48 AM
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default Which Nvidia card should I buy?


OS: Win98 and XP (on two separate drives)
CPU: AMD XP1800
MB: Shuttle
Monitor: Daewoo 19" 905D

I currently own a Nvidia FX 5200 by Megaspeed (MS). I bought it because it was
very cheap and I wanted to test the waters, as it were. If I upgrade from here,
which Nvidia should I buy? I might could afford around $300+ (I would have to
sell allot of stuff on ebay first, LOL).
I am used to the ATI Radeon 9700, but because it has no Stereo-3D support I'm
probably going to be selling it (I actually downgraded to the Nvidia FX 5200 so
I could test Stereo-3D).

So, is the GeForce FX series the one I want? That is, should I just shoot for
the highest FX model I can afford? Is the GeForce FX 5900 the best nvidia for
consumers? (All the other models on the nvidia site didn't look like they were
for game playing or regular consumers). Is the FX 5200 so inferior that I should
upgrade now? Or just wait for the next Nvidia offering?

Thanks for any info.........Sam

  #2  
Old July 14th 03, 08:29 AM
Ron Merts
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I'd look at something around the FX 5600 Ultra if you can swing around $300.
The 5900 is definitely a kick-butt video card. Benchmarks be damned, it's
lightning fast and it's drivers are very stable; the ATi card is definitely
fast, I'll give it that but the drivers are an absolute crap-shoot.
Sometimes the ATi drivers are good, other times they'll make you want to
kill yourself with all the problems. If you want the 3D glasses, nVidia is
definitely the way to go, and the 5600 Ultra with the v2 version of the chip
is definitely a stellar performer. The Prolink 5600 Gold Limited (something
like that, it's definitely the longest name for a video card I've ever seen)
and the Albatron received good marks from several reviews for speed and
features; and you should be able to stay under that $300 cap. If you'd
really rather stick around $200, the GeForce FX 5200 Ultra is not a bad
card. I can get 3DMark2001SE scores of 11000+ with them every time, and
playing Neverwinter Nights, UT 2003 and Freelancer with one is as good or
better than my old Ti4600, plus I get DirectX9 and OpenGL 1.3 support in
hardware. I'm NOT saying that benchmark framerates are as high as with the
Ti4600, but the video is definitely comparable and honestly I notice no
difference on my son's Athlon XP 2500+ system. I have not tried it on an XP
1800+ CPU, but it works very nicely on P4 2.8C, 3.06, 3.0 and Athlon XP 2500
processors - especially for under $200.

Ron

wrote in message
...

OS: Win98 and XP (on two separate drives)
CPU: AMD XP1800
MB: Shuttle
Monitor: Daewoo 19" 905D

I currently own a Nvidia FX 5200 by Megaspeed (MS). I bought it because

it was
very cheap and I wanted to test the waters, as it were. If I upgrade from

here,
which Nvidia should I buy? I might could afford around $300+ (I would

have to
sell allot of stuff on ebay first, LOL).
I am used to the ATI Radeon 9700, but because it has no Stereo-3D support

I'm
probably going to be selling it (I actually downgraded to the Nvidia FX

5200 so
I could test Stereo-3D).

So, is the GeForce FX series the one I want? That is, should I just shoot

for
the highest FX model I can afford? Is the GeForce FX 5900 the best nvidia

for
consumers? (All the other models on the nvidia site didn't look like they

were
for game playing or regular consumers). Is the FX 5200 so inferior that I

should
upgrade now? Or just wait for the next Nvidia offering?

Thanks for any info.........Sam



 




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
pc problems after g card upgrade + sp2 ben reed Homebuilt PC's 9 November 30th 04 01:04 AM
Video card for Asus CUSL2 Kamal Asus Motherboards 2 January 28th 04 06:03 PM
Response by Nvidia concerning HL2 *warning, lengthy post, strong opinion content, some bad langwidge* NC-17 rating administered... Dave Ati Videocards 28 September 14th 03 05:51 PM
Kyle Bennett (HardOCP) blasts NVIDIA Radeon350 Ati Videocards 12 August 13th 03 09:19 PM
Which Nvidia card? Strontium Nvidia Videocards 3 July 5th 03 05:47 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2022 HardwareBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.