How to pick a graphics card?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by JTJersey, May 12, 2005.

  1. JTJersey

    JTJersey Guest

    Used to be if you had a graphics card with 4 MBytes of onboard memory
    moving up to an 8MB or (gasp!) 16MB card was an exciting, expensive and
    involved undertaking, but worth the effort in display quality and
    performance. Now there seems to be 6 different versions of every ATI or
    nVidia series with prices from $29 dollars into the hundreds of dollars,
    offered by a bewildering array of manufacturers. Using onboard memory
    doesn't seem to be a criteria to base a purchase on anymore either. I see
    128MB cards selling for a hundred dollars MORE than 256MB cards with what
    appear to be the same specs. What can you use to make a reasonable
    decision to upgrade a graphics card in this market? I'm currently using
    an ATI Radeon 9200SE (128MB) 8X AGP card in my WinXP system for gaming and
    was considering a 256MB card of some sort, but now I don't know if it's
    worth it.
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    Registered Linux User #267152
     
    JTJersey, May 12, 2005
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    me Guest

    "JTJersey" <> wrote in message
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    > Used to be if you had a graphics card with 4 MBytes of onboard memory
    > moving up to an 8MB or (gasp!) 16MB card was an exciting, expensive and
    > involved undertaking, but worth the effort in display quality and
    > performance. Now there seems to be 6 different versions of every ATI or
    > nVidia series with prices from $29 dollars into the hundreds of dollars,
    > offered by a bewildering array of manufacturers. Using onboard memory
    > doesn't seem to be a criteria to base a purchase on anymore either. I see
    > 128MB cards selling for a hundred dollars MORE than 256MB cards with what
    > appear to be the same specs. What can you use to make a reasonable
    > decision to upgrade a graphics card in this market? I'm currently using
    > an ATI Radeon 9200SE (128MB) 8X AGP card in my WinXP system for gaming and
    > was considering a 256MB card of some sort, but now I don't know if it's
    > worth it.
    > --
    > Registered Linux User #267152
    >
    >


    You're right about that,back in 98 i was all excited about buying a Matrox
    Millenium II with 4mb onboard,and that just seems tiny by todays
    standards.And it wasnt cheap either. !
    I dont think we could have dreamed of having 64mb,let alone 128 or 256 !!
     
    me, May 13, 2005
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