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Old 08-09-03, 10:10 PM   #1
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Okay, I just bought a Chaintech Geforce FX 5200 to "upgrade" from my old Geforce 2 Pro. The FX has 128 MB of RAM and the 2 PRO has 64 MB of RAM. I am running Slackware linux. After installing the Geforce FX 5200 I slowed down immensely in quake 3, enemy territory and glxgears. My Q3 fps went from 97 to 80 at 1024x768x32 with all the detail up. I'm using the latest Nvidia divers (just checked before posting this). Is this supposed to be the case? Can someone please help me?
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Old 08-10-03, 03:57 AM   #2
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First people have seen slowdowns with the current nvidia drivers. This might explain the problem a bit.

On the other hand the performance of a geforcefx 5200 is near that of a geforce4mx440. Only in "directx9" class games the 5200 is a lot faster. Further there exist two types of fx5200 boards, ones with 64bit ddr and ones with 128bit ddr. (this makes a huge difference in terms of performance)

Now back to the performance of the gf4mx440. A fast geforce2 pro/ultra/ti is atleast close to the performance of a gf4 mx420 and sometimes near that of a gf4mx440. The performance difference between your new and old card isn't allways that big in current games. Don't expect twice the fps on your new card.

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Old 08-10-03, 08:32 AM   #3
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I understand what you are saying. I just expected SOME increase in speed, even if only a 10% increase. I did not expect a 20% DECREASE. That was all I was saying. I'm currently reverting back to the 4363 drivers. I appreciate your post, although you seem to have missed my point that a card that is 3 generations later than my previous card SLOWS down my 3d performance.
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Old 08-10-03, 10:57 AM   #4
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I just bought a FX 5200 and also noticed a decrease in performance. What I failed to check was that nVidia AGP was running after I last installed my Linux. Since you say you have a decrease in performance this is what appears to be the problem. First make sure you have AGP enabled in the BIOS. You should make sure you have AGPGART compiled as a module if you created a custom kernel and not loaded at boot. I use the Knoppix version of Debian unstable so in /etc/modules I remove the line that has AGPGART. Yours may be in /etc/modules.conf. In your XF86Config-4 (I assume you are useing 4.1 or later) add to the Device section for your 5200 - Option "NVAGP" "1" (which loads nVidia AGP or 3 to try AGPGART first which I find less stable and then try nVidia AGP). I hope this helps.
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