gForce FX 5200 or 5600?

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I am looking into buying a decent card for Unreal Tournament 2004.

I am considering these two cards, and am unsure which is best.

The geForce FX 5200 with 256 megs ram (http://evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?Part_Number=256-A8-N307-TX&tab=supp or http://www.diymicro.com/product.asp?pf_id=11-190-005&dept_id=06-002)
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The geForce FX 5600XT with 128 megs ram (http://evga.com/articles/public.asp?AID=160 or http://www.diymicro.com/product.asp?pf_id=11-190-013&dept_id=06-002)

For those prices, which card would yield better game performance?
 

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5600XT is better....but I'd recommend <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=14-121-161&depa=1" target="_new">this.</A> Ti4200 will give you better performance in UT2k4 than either of those (especially that 5200 with the useless 256MB). You can also OC that thing up to near Ti4600 levels no sweat. Same price (within a few dollars), too.

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nVidia geForce 256 at agp 4x

I'm using a Athlon XP 2400+ processor

how much better would that other card be? (the one mentioned in the second post)

Would there be ANY advantages to getting the FX series versus the geForce4 TI series other than speed?


And would THIS card be better?

http://store.yahoo.com/shentech/vixtnvgeti12.html
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Trauts on 02/12/04 09:04 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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You'll definitely notice an upgrade going to any of the cards...as for the best one, the Ti4600 you linked is the best (what a great price, too!). As for FX vs. FX, not sure what you mean....I'll take a guess at what you're asking though. The Ti is decisively faster than those FXs, especially in Ut2k3/4, there aren't other advantages of the Tis other than speed, as far as I know.

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do the TIs support pixel shading, as required by games like Deux Ex?

Also, will I notice a huge difference between the geForce4 Ti4600 and the geForce4 Ti4200?
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Trauts on 02/12/04 09:08 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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Not sure which PS Deus Ex: IW uses, but I know the 5600XT is too slow to run the game anyway! You may not get all the eye-candy of the 5600XT with the 4200/4600, but at least it'll be playable.

I'd notice a difference between the Ti4600 and the Ti4200, don't know if you would. As for a huge difference, no, maybe 10-15%.

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What is new in DX9 that I might want?

Am I better off getting the geForce4 TI 4200, pricewise?

I just noticed this in the sticky thread


Best buy: GeForce4 Ti4200 (64 MB/128 MB-8x) version

Other good cards in this price category: Radeon 8500LE/Radeon 9100, Radeon 9000 PRO, Radeon 9200



GeForce4 Ti4200

Pros- Fastest out of all those cards, cheap
Cons- No DX9 support, AA/AF can hurt performance
Comments: There are three types of Ti4200
Ti4200 64mb 4x/8x- cheapest, second fastest(clocked higher), better quality ram
Ti4200 128mb- slowest out of the three, said to have cheap ram to reduce cost(clocked lower)
Ti4200-8x 128mb- 8X AGP, slightly faster than Ti4200 64 MB, uses good ram

Cards to Avoid

GeForce4 Ti4800/4600/4800SE/4400
Pros- Inexpensive, Runs most games smoothly without AA and AF
Cons- No DX9 support, Get wasted by Radeons, not really worth the price anymore
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Trauts on 02/12/04 06:40 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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In your price range, the DX9 cards are too slow to run DX9 anyway. DX9 isn't too revolutionary, nothing to miss if you've never seen the difference.

The Ti4600 for $129 is probably your best buy.

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No worries...there's really no difference performancewise between 4x and 8x with current cards. Besides that Ti4600 is only 4x AGP.

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