best graphics card for £100 pound or less

  WHY ME 23:24 23 Jan 05
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I've got a Geforce FX5200 and although it is good enough for the moment I'd like to upgrade.

Are there any 256MB cards available for this pricebut only tose using AGP 8x slots?

  TomJerry 23:38 23 Jan 05

Abit ATI Radeon 9600XT 8xAGP 256MB DVI-I TV-Out Retail Box £99.99 click here

Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 256MB DDR DVI-I TV-Out Lite Retail Box £99.99 click here

XFX GeForce FX5700LE 256MB DDR AGP, Tv-Out/DVI, Retail £71 click here

  joebloggs1 00:51 24 Jan 05

Just done same upgrade (from FX5200), after opinions on this went for a Radeon 9700 Pro as below. Only has 128mb Ram but according to postings etc. not really worth getting 256MB. click here

  WHY ME 11:46 24 Jan 05

Thanks guys!

Just wondering, for a nForce 2 motherboard (K7N2-DELTA) is an ATI radeon better or nVidia geforce or does it not matter?

  Bleep 12:51 24 Jan 05

'Are there any 256MB cards available for this pricebut only tose using AGP 8x slots? '


A card under £100 will have no benefit from having 256MB RAM, a faster GPU will give you the better performance.


Cards under £100 only have 4 pixel piplines that means the card fill rate is to slow to take advantage of any extra memory - please reseach this if in doubt of my statement.


If buying under £100 I would recommend the ATI 9700Pro as your best bet, if you are looking towards getting a good gaming card I would recommend saving up for a little while longer and getting the 6600 GT @ £149 as this would be a much more sound purchase offering twice the performance and a good deal more future proofing.


As for motherboard, yes N'vidia cards work slightly better with NFORCE boards than ATI, about the same as AMD 64 chips and N'Vidia but the difference is only noticable in labs tests as the optimisation difference is so small 1-2%.

  citadel 18:50 24 Jan 05

a gforce 6600 or 6600gt if you can pay a bit more is the best mid range card by a mile. do not get any card with the letters le at the end.

  WHY ME 16:15 26 Jan 05

THANKS GUYS

I think i'll go for the radeon 9700 pro for the moment.

  Widows Son 17:32 27 Jan 05

I don't have one nor do I know anyone with one, but there is an alarming number of them being sold for parts or repair on ebay, so reliability may be an issue

  Sweet Paramania 19:02 27 Jan 05

Widows Son - If I remember correctly the 9700 preceded the 9800. However the standard 9800 is not as good as the 9700, so ATi obviously withdrew it in favour of selling the more expensive 9800.

Thus the 9700 is a bit of a collectors item because of its low price to high performance ratio (well it was a few years ago). This is why you'll find them on ebay I think.

I also recommend the 9800 pro - it is about £150 but gives good performance, although the 6600 may be slightly better future proofing wise.

  Bleep 20:36 27 Jan 05

'I also recommend the 9800 pro - it is about £150 but gives good performance, although the 6600 may be slightly better future proofing wise. '


Thats right but you forgot to add that it beats the hell out of it by a mile.

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