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Old 11-02-2004, 05:35 AM   #1
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Default What are the best video cards?

What can I look for when searching for a new videocard? What do MB and MHz and other specs tell me about videocards? What is a good/great videocard in the gaming environment?

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Old 11-02-2004, 11:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: What are the best video cards?

just like computers themselves, the more ram the better, and higher mhz is good

but dont use mhz to compare between different brands much, it can be a similar situation as intel vs amd.

i personally like nvidia because they make great linux drivers

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Old 11-02-2004, 02:07 PM   #3
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Default Re: What are the best video cards?

> What can I look for when searching for a new videocard?
> What do MB and MHz and other specs tell me about videocards?
> What is a good/great videocard in the gaming environment?

Just worry mostly about RAM amount. If you're not trying to do anything but play games and basic DVD movie watching and surfing you won't need much (128MB should be enough). And don't let anyone tell you one brand is better than the other. It's about personal preference and cost. I choose nVidia because it's cheaper and I've not had a bad card yet. Others choose ATI and can say the same thing. For you the unbiased user just get what ever brand has the memory/cpu you want that's cheaper.

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Old 11-02-2004, 02:11 PM   #4
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> What can I look for when searching for a new videocard?
> What do MB and MHz and other specs tell me about videocards?
> What is a good/great videocard in the gaming environment?
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Find some benchmarks online for the games YOU want to play with it and make your decisions off that.

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Old 11-02-2004, 03:41 PM   #5
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> What can I look for when searching for a new videocard?
> What do MB and MHz and other specs tell me about videocards?
> What is a good/great videocard in the gaming environment?
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I'm mostly an ATI person, Their high end card in called the radeon X800 XT. For TV tuner And video capture their is the All In Wonder 9800 which, also comes with software and a remote.(im not sure if they released the X800 version)
Dont ask me about nVideo, I dont know nothing about them eexcept their Geforce series is good.

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Old 11-03-2004, 04:07 AM   #6
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Is the Mhz the speed of the graphics processor? If so, how does this effect gaming and what speeds are good?

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Old 11-03-2004, 04:29 AM   #7
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Wait a tick. Is it possible that my graphics cards might be set to use only a specified amount of memory? I'm on Windows 98, and that might be possible 'cause I saw some stuff like that.

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Old 11-03-2004, 04:42 AM   #8
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Default Re: What are the best video cards?

> Wait a tick. Is it possible that my graphics cards might be
> set to use only a specified amount of memory? I'm on
> Windows 98, and that might be possible 'cause I saw some
> stuff like that.

Well...I know that if your video card 'borrows' some of the RAM installed on your PC as it's own memory, then you should be able to change that number to a certain point, but other than that I'm not sure.


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Old 11-03-2004, 05:06 AM   #9
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How big of a difference is AGP from PCI?

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Old 11-03-2004, 05:10 AM   #10
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> How big of a difference is AGP from PCI?

O_o Not sure what that had to do with my last post, but here goes...

AGP is quite a lot faster, probably because it was designed for fast graphics cards to use...hence AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port, if I'm not mistaken). At any rate, you should get better performance with an AGP card than with a PCI card with exactly the same specs.

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