Which video card is better?

dsharits

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Jun 19, 2004
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My dad is buying a new 8x AGP video card for his PC, and he is looking at two different models at the same price. The first is an ATi Radeon 9250 and the second is an NVidia GeForce 5200. Both have DVI, VGA and S-video out, as well as 128 MB DDR VRAM. Can anyone tell me which one is a better buy? Thanks in advance!

Daniel
 

jadam

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Jan 23, 2002
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The Radeon is going to be better.

The FX5200's tend to be rather sucky.
 

brap

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May 10, 2004
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Maybe you should have a read of this.

You won't find that 9250 on there, but I'm willing to bet it's minimally different from it's predecessor. Mybe persuade him to spend a little more cash on something that won't get spanked by my 3-year old, budget Geforce 4 ti.
 

crazzyeddie

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Dec 7, 2002
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I would say the 9250, based on a quick glace at game benchmarks on some PC hardware review sites (anandtech.com and tomshardware.com).
 

mrgreen4242

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Feb 10, 2004
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Neither? Both of these cards are pretty far out of date... What is he updating from? What does he want to do with it? Both of these cards are probably (well, definately) slower than a 9500pro that was $100 a year ago.

If he wants to play games, neither of thee cards islikely to satisfy him. If he is looking for something for desktop and video work, he'd be better with a Matrox or something geared at that market.

For reference, in the under $100 AGP card catagory are the 9600pro, the 9550, FX5500, and the FX5700LE.

Is the 5200 an ultra, btw? That's not a terrible card, but certainly not something I'd upgrade TOO.

Rob
 
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