Graphics Cards - Geforce4 Ti4600 v Geforce FX5600

  PA28 14:57 28 Jul 03

Have trawled a few sites to try to get a comparison of whether the above upgrade (which my rich son is proposing) is likely to be worthwhile. His system is AMD Athlon XP2600 with 512mbDDR. He plays FS2002 (soon 2004), plus a number of other games with intensive graphics. On specs alone, the upgrade would appear to be just worthwhile, but has anyone actually done it and was it worthwhile?

  PA28 15:13 28 Jul 03

He's running under XP, by the way. Any views please?

  DieSse 15:31 28 Jul 03

click here - good article to read

I haven't either of these cards, but as an upgrade, it doesn't strike me as worth it - if you were going to one of the new FX5900 cards, that may be a more worthwhile step - but the processor might become a limiting factor.

  krall 18:08 28 Jul 03

PA28 It may interest you to know that the MSI FX5600-VTDR128 has been awarded Best Value card by PC PRO magazine Sept 03 issue.

  PA28 18:51 28 Jul 03

Thanks. I think it is this (excellent) review by PC-Pro that has got the upgrade-itis going again in the graphics department. Question is - is this an upgrade as the FX5600 is widely billed as the replacement for the Ti4600. My son's dillemma is if he forks out £150 for the MSI or similar card, will there be an apprciable difference to his existing Ti4600. The site signposted by DieSse (thanks) suggests that the difference may not be that great. Anyone bought an FX5600 and can comment?

  Rayuk 19:19 28 Jul 03

Run the 3DMark03 for his Ti4600 and compare benchmark with the FX5600[in other mag] see how much of a difference it is.

  citadel 19:28 28 Jul 03

A fx5600 is equal to a ti4200, so a ti4600 is more powerful. The fx5600 is more future proof as it will bring out the best in dx9 games when they come out. I think there are going to be new fx5600,s that have increased clock speeds as the present ones have failed to impress in tasts.

  Joe McG 19:33 28 Jul 03


I've checked a few sites for benchmarks on the 5600, as i was going to go for one myself.

But stopped after finding out that the 4600 trounces it in virtually every benchmark.

The 5600 comes into its own when 3Dmark03 is ran, but this is solely because the benchmark uses directx9 while the ti4600 only runs directx8.1

As no games are out yet that run on directx9, I feel you would be downgrading, rather than upgrading at the minute.

Hope this helps you. Joe.

  Rayuk 19:56 28 Jul 03

So in effect the best thing to do is hold back till DirectX9 games start appearing then look again,and you will be able to get a better card at a better price.
Thanks JoeMcG had missed that point when giving my opinion.

  krall 20:05 28 Jul 03

Did not realise son intended to upgrade from ti4600 to FX5600. This being the case i agree with the other postings, no real advantage will be gained.

  PA28 08:17 30 Jul 03

Many thanks to all. Results appear to be conclusive here - not worth doing. Now I'll bet he'll be watching the prices on the 5900!!! Thanks

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