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Old 07-28-2007, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm upgrading my old hp which has amd athlon 3200xp+,512mb pc2700 and a geforce 4 mx4000 128mb. My budget is under $50 including shipping. Low/Middle demanding games are much of what i play on my pc. Here are my choices:
Newegg.com - ASUS N6200/TD/128 GeForce 6200 128MB 64-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Low Profile Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100577L-1 Radeon 9550 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

Just want to know which one you guys would pick
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the 9550 is the winner, 256mb and 128-bit memory bus.
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I'm going to have to say the GeForce 6200. Yea, it may be 128mb 64bit, but it has a core of 350mhz instead of the 250mhz that the 9550 has.
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The core speed is more important than memory bandwidth

I would get 6200 if I were you
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The core speed is more important than memory bandwidth

I would get 6200 if I were you
pixel pipelines x core speed is more important.
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Both 6200 and 9550 have 4 pixel pipelines, but 6200 has higher clock speed
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Both 6200 and 9550 have 4 pixel pipelines, but 6200 has higher clock speed
In this case, that makes them more comparable.

Though some 6200's have what's called "turbocache" - a stupid idea used to make them cheaper, but sound faster. It actually reduces performance.
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did anyone notice that was a low profile 6200??

also nothing in the stats mention turbocache
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for that money i would see if i could pick up a second hand card. who knows, you might be able to get a 6800GS which would blow the 6200 away. at the very least you should be able to get a 6600GT, having upgraded from a 6200TC to a 6600GT myself i know it's a big step up!
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for that money i would see if i could pick up a second hand card. who knows, you might be able to get a 6800GS which would blow the 6200 away. at the very least you should be able to get a 6600GT, having upgraded from a 6200TC to a 6600GT myself i know it's a big step up!
good idea... time to check ebay but just don't overbid
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