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Old 10-25-04, 04:10 PM   #7
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Default Re: What is the best PCI card please??

Originally Posted by AthlonXP1800
Actually Radeon 9100 is based on the same Radeon 8500 core back in 2001, that 3 years old technology and 5700LE is just only 1 year old now.
Still, the Radeon 9100 is the fastest PCI card available. But with the current state of drivers for the R2xx I would say pass. What really matters most when it comes to PCI video cards is the amount of frame buffer the card has.

Highest FPS: Radeon 9100 128mb
Smoothest game play in older games: Geforce FX 5700LE 128mb
Smoothest game play in newer games: BFG Geforce FX 5200 256mb

Most newer games eat a lot of video memory and when a PCI card runs out of video memory it's SOL. It cannot interface with the system ram like an AGP card can. Call of Duty is a good example.

It's a toss up between the 128mb 5700LE and the 256mb 5200.

Originally Posted by tristancarton
rage, you are correct that the 5700 nvidia drivers are better than the radeon 8500/9100 drivers.
Yes. I am currently using a Radeon 9000 for my primary gaming card. I have encountered no less than 4 bugs in CS: Source (one of which is a white box around every light source and the box can be seen through walls). It's not the game ether because I did not have thoughs troubles with my 6800GT.
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