View Full Version : Geforce FX 5200

07-01-03, 10:39 AM
Is the Geforce FX 5200 worth buying? I am kind of on a budget.

07-01-03, 10:52 AM
The 5200 Ultra would be. I think they are around $135 from NewEgg. You may want to consider a GF4 Ti series card too as they are around the same price or less and many say perform better.

For how inexpensive the 5200 Ultra is I am sure it would be good budget card.

07-01-03, 10:59 AM
for what rig is this?

And what's your budget?

Do you ALWAYS buy new, or are you into the whole online hardware trading thing?

By default, I always recommend a GF3 for someone on a budget. You can find established HW traders selling them for $50 shipped...

Heck, if you had to buy new, $50 shipped would get you a GF2MX, a GF4MX, or... ummm... i dunno what else...:rolleyes: ...basically DX7 stuff (oh yeah, GF2ti!! fergetful me)


07-01-03, 06:34 PM
I don't recommend a gfFX5200. Get an older card, like a gf3, or gf4Ti4200, or even a gfFX5600. Or get an ATI r9500Pro or r9600Pro.

07-02-03, 02:01 AM
If you are on a budget, the best bet is a geforce3 ti200 for like $50 on ebay.......

07-02-03, 06:35 AM
I think the FX 5200 is decent for the price. It's a little bit faster then a Geforce 3 from what I've seen, and it supports DirectX9 features. Also, you can get a dual-VGA with S-video 128 meg card for $100 (at least that's what I saw at Best Buy). It's by far the best budget card you can get (MUCH better then a 9000/9200).

But you might want to try picking up a TI200 somewhere if you can get it for cheap. But for the price I think it's more worth it getting a FX5200.

Edit: Whoa, Newegg has a retail box FX5200 128 meg Chaintech card for $70 and free shipping! You will NOT find a better deal for a videocard, even TI200s still cost $80 new. I highly recommend you pick up that card, if your on a budget it's pretty much perfect.

07-02-03, 06:55 AM
uh dude...........the fx5200 is slower than a ti200, maybe same speed but its clock locked. $70 isnt too bad however, but do not be fooled into thinking you will be able to run 1600x1200, you will need a ti4200 or better for that!

07-02-03, 08:46 AM
I wouldn't plan on running at 1600x1200. I just a good budget card to play some games with. Yea I saw that $70 chaintech card at newegg.

07-02-03, 09:15 AM
My 128MB 128bit mem bus FX5200(not Ultra) is not clock locked. The 128bit memory bus cards are on par with the Ti200 in memory bandwidth terms, both have the same 200MHz DDR, 400MHz effective chips which gives them 6.4GB of bandwidth. The Ti200 would probably have the edge because of Z-buffer compression which the 5200 lacks. But then again, the GF3 wasn't too efficient with its cache, and the 5200 has many more driver revisions to go to improve its performance.

If you buy a card with 4 memory chips, basically you're screwed, because the memory bus is 64bit and only provides 3.2GB of bandwidth, which definately kills the 5200's performance. Cards with 8 memory chips have the 128bit memory bus, and performs far better.

The Baron
07-02-03, 03:07 PM
uh dude...........the fx5200 is slower than a ti200, maybe same speed but its clock locked.

wrizzong. the Soltek 5200 I am reviewing (damnit, the review will be up as soon as I get home, *******it! ARGH) has RAM clocked for 250Mhz rather than 200Mhz, so I pumped up the clock. works fine (about a 15% increase in performance). would probably let it edge out the Ti4200 then, but I'm not sure.

07-02-03, 03:21 PM
a ti4200 is a much better card and thery are dirty cheap now ...stay away from 5200 forget about dx9 theres no use for that now and the 5200 is useless for dx9 anyway.

07-02-03, 05:52 PM
I have gotta see your review cause from what ive seen, its like a ti200 in performance, especially in 3dmark2001........

The Baron
07-02-03, 05:57 PM
I have gotta see your review cause from what ive seen, its like a ti200 in performance, especially in 3dmark2001........
I have not run 3DMark on it and will not unless paid generously to do so. :D

The 128-bit 5200s are better than GF3s, albeit slightly. With the overclock, this one might be equivalent to a 4200, but shaders still destroy it.

07-02-03, 07:47 PM
I don't know were you have seen that a FX5200 is faster than a GF 3 far less than a TI 4200,in the reviews that I have seen,the TI 4200 is far faster than the FX5200 and in all games and nearly all cases faster than the FX5600,far about a $100 the TI4200 is hard to beat in that class,sure the FX5200 is DX9 compatible but if you use the FSAA and ANISO the FPS is really unplayale especially in any newer game.

07-02-03, 09:26 PM
The ASUS FX5200 i bought was CRAP, it got me 4000 3d marks in 2001 se, games ran choppy as hell on 1024X768, it must of been a 64 bit version not 128 or ultra, because even my old mx 440 kicked its ass, get a Ti4200 at the minimum i reckan, unless the 5200 is ultra and 128Bit then get it for a budget :)

The Baron
07-02-03, 09:34 PM
Ah, damnit, graphs take too long, otherwise my review would be up.

Oh well, one left.