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awakerevolution
12-30-07, 11:43 PM
First... I am a total newbie. So, this questions might seem easy. If so, great. I got a hand-me-down PC. I have two graphics cards that I could install. I don't think either of them are very powerful, but it's what I have. My question is which is better.

1: NVIDIA GeForce FX5200XT AGP 8X 128mb DDR

2: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX400


thoughts?

and thanks

Fathertime36
12-31-07, 12:43 AM
Lol......ummmm sorry bub no comment :afraid: seriously though...5xxx is newer technology, faster ram, larger bus etc....

LORD-eX-Bu
12-31-07, 12:44 AM
The NVIDIA GeForce FX5200XT AGP 8X 128mb DDR will be better...

that GF2MX is ancient :rofl

mythy
12-31-07, 01:01 AM
to bad I turned my 9800 XT into a key chain :(

Yaboze
12-31-07, 01:16 AM
The Geforce FX is much better, but still old by today's standards.

Geforce 2 MX you mentioned is considered a crippled Geforce 2 class, then there was a Geforce 3, then 4, then the FX series. So there FX card is like a Geforce 5.

All things considered, the best AGP card right now would be Geforce 6 or 7 (if it exists in AGP) or the ATI 9800/X1x00 cards.

The FX series is considered their worse lineup of cards, but then Nvidia came out with the much superior Geforce 6xxx series, then 7xxx series and the latest, the 8xxx series, newest cards being the Geforce 8800 GT and GTS 512.

CaptNKILL
12-31-07, 01:38 AM
You won't be doing much gaming on either of them, but the FX card is significantly more powerful.

Madpistol
12-31-07, 02:07 AM
Geforce 2 MX 400 64MB - AGP 4x...

Wow... that was the first video card I ever bought... probably 6 years ago... and it was $70 back then... I can't imagine what it's worth now. :headexplode:

The FX 5200 can still play SOME modern games... but not many.

CaptNKILL
12-31-07, 02:17 AM
The FX 5200 is probably the slowest card that will run recent DirectX9 games. They won't be playable but they should work.

Madpistol
12-31-07, 10:24 AM
I thought Nvidia defaulted those cards back to DX8.1. The DX9 performance on the FX 5900 was horrendous. I can't imagine how bad those games would run on an FX 5200.

sytaylor
12-31-07, 10:57 AM
I'll flog you my 6800GT AGP cheap :)

CaptNKILL
12-31-07, 11:03 AM
I thought Nvidia defaulted those cards back to DX8.1. The DX9 performance on the FX 5900 was horrendous. I can't imagine how bad those games would run on an FX 5200.
I think it was just the source engine that did that.

The 5200 could probably full a couple FPS at minimum settings in 1 year old game. But it should work. :p


I'll flog you my 6800GT AGP cheap :)

I don't like the way you say "flog". :spank: (wack)

sytaylor
12-31-07, 11:30 AM
I don't like the way you say "flog". :spank: (wack)

I don't like the way you bounce, its less wholesome than the ball (lee63)

Lenin
12-31-07, 02:08 PM
gf2mx was the biggest junk ever - I know that because I had one, ages ago :thumbdwn:
The fx 5200 will be much better, even though it was the entry level card of a many years old generation, so don't expect much.

The FX 5200 can still play SOME modern games... but not many.
If you turn down the resolution to 640x480 and turn everything off (or low) that can be turned off, maybe.

I'll flog you
Hey, that's not a nice thing to say to newbies (wack)

Madpistol
01-01-08, 11:03 AM
If you turn down the resolution to 640x480 and turn everything off (or low) that can be turned off, maybe.

Very true... that's about what settings I run on TF2 on my laptop. :p

$n][pErMan
01-01-08, 01:14 PM
Apperently its not 2008... but 2004....

dxx
01-01-08, 01:25 PM
First... I am a total newbie. So, this questions might seem easy. If so, great. I got a hand-me-down PC. I have two graphics cards that I could install. I don't think either of them are very powerful, but it's what I have. My question is which is better.

1: NVIDIA GeForce FX5200XT AGP 8X 128mb DDR

2: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX400


thoughts?

and thanks

I have both cards, and until a month ago, both were still in use.

The 5200 is much better than the 400. You're looking at around 50% higher framerates with the 5200 than the 400, and you'll also notice HD 720p video running smoother with the 5200. It still mightn't be smooth enough for full-speed playback, though.

Regarding game performance, the 5200 is capable of running Unreal Tournament 2004 at 1366*768 with all the options at around Lowest at around 20fps, which is quite playable. I've not tried any other games with the card, although I imagine that most titles from 2004 and before will run nicely on it.

sytaylor
01-01-08, 01:29 PM
Hey, that's not a nice thing to say to newbies (wack)

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