Tbird
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Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:04 am

Greetings:

I'm considering upgrading my video card and would like some suggestions from everybody. I currently have a 16meg TNT2 Nivida card. Which runs FS2k2 fairly well, but it takes some time to draw the landscape and planes when I switch to spotplane or Tower view. Also sometimes it runs choppy when I max out the graphics. My computer specs are, Athlon 800, 384megs, and a 70gig hard drive. Thanx in advance.

Tom
 
VgnAtl747
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:36 am

Get a GeForce3 (64Mb). Personally, I have a GeForce2 (64Mb) and I love it, but I think I might get a 3 because I've heard excellent things about them.
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sharpnfuzzy
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 3:26 am

If you have the cash get the new GeForce4 (128DDR) card, but my GeForce 2Ti (64DDR) card is great.
 
crank
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 4:23 am

get a Geforce 2 400 MX 64MB, the drivers for this card are updated very often, + I don't think it is very expensive with the arrival of the Geforce 4.

A card of 128 MB of which 64 aren't used is simply a rip-off. No games are yet using 128MB.
 
Tbird
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 6:45 am

Greetings:

Thanx for the suggestions. It looks like I'll pick up a PNY card with the GEOforce 3 chip set.

Thanx
Tom
 
sharpnfuzzy
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 7:09 am

Games actually don't have limitations on how much video card memory they use. The VRAM is there to free up regular RAM, so the more VRAM the better, no matter what game you are playing.
 
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 7:31 am

I have a Geforce 2MX 32MB its pretty good  Smile
 
sharpnfuzzy
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Sun Feb 17, 2002 8:22 am

Before you shell out the cash you might still wanna take a look at this.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1581

It has comparissons of most GeForce2/3 cards out there
 
Tbird
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Mon Feb 18, 2002 6:36 am

Greetings:

Picked up my new video card today and installed it. I went with a VisionTek from Best Buy with the Geforce 2 400mx with 64 megs. What a difference it made with FS2k2! It draws the landscape and plane instantly. Plus is has a S-Video and RCA video out. Thanx to everybody for the advice.

Tom
 
jgore
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Mon Feb 18, 2002 9:53 am

Your card runs quite well with the FS2K2.
I;m a computer seller as well as put in toghter computer's parts.
I would recommend you to upgrade your processor. the view transition issue you mention is tipically a slowness of the processor not of the video card.
JGORE  Smile
 
portcolumbus
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Mon Feb 18, 2002 12:29 pm

Personally, I'd go with the ATI Raedon 8500 64MB AGP card, great piece of hardware, but ATI tends to release shitty drivers.
 
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RE: Video Cards, Some Help Please

Mon Feb 18, 2002 12:51 pm

Port,

In order for ATI to "tend" to release ***** drivers. They would have to at some point realease non ***** drivers  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

ATI driver support has sucked ever scince the RagePro back in the mid 90's

Tbird,
You should have waited about 2 weeks for all the stores to get in there Gforce 4's you could have gotten a Gforce 3 ti200 for the same price as you paided for the MX 400 (I about 100 bucks)

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