'Low-rise' Vid Cards?


Feb 2, 2004
Got a friend with one of those internet PCs that you probably shouldnt' even think about upgrading, but do "low-rise" Video cards exist that could be placed in it's AGP slot? Low end is fine, it's gotta be better than what's on the motherboard. If they exist, any info about where to get them as well as price/specs would be great. Unfortunately, getting a new machine is out of the question for now, so we're looking into this. I don't know exactly what the size limitations on the case are, but evidently a regular size card will not fit in this thing. Thanks for any help.
There are low profile (half-height) ATI R9000 and 9200 (not sure about 9100 of others).

Tiger Direct has the R9200<b>SE</b> and R7000 on their front page for ATI cards. The R9200SE is a very slow and somewhat crippled version of the R9200 but may do the trick. I would stay away from the R7000 because it likely won't give very noticeable improvement over the integrated solution he currently has. Not sure of other sites/solutions, others may know better.

<A HREF="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1088" target="_new">http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1088</A>

There also appears to be some GF4 MXs on their nV page;

<A HREF="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1087" target="_new">http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1087</A>

and infamous GF MX4000 and an FX5200 on the second page.

<A HREF="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?page=2&CatId=1087" target="_new">http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?page=2&CatId=1087</A>

Of all of them, probably the FX5200 would give the greatest performance, followed by the R9200 series (even the SE) and then the GF4MX series. The GFMX 4000 I have no idea where it fits in. Likely either between the GF4MX and the R9200 or the R9200 and the FX5200.

Not sure is that's low profile enough, I would check with the MFRs if I were you/he and then see if it fits the space you're trying to occupy (be sure to rememebr to account for AGP tab and slot).

Asus has a little info on the FX5200 on their site;

<A HREF="http://www.asus.com/products/vga/v9520m/overview.htm" target="_new">http://www.asus.com/products/vga/v9520m/overview.htm</A>

Anywhoo, just a little info, hope that offers some insight.

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