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There are descriptions of two Video Cards below. The first is
an ATI card....which i have in my 4 year old( Pen4/200gb/1gb Ram)
computer now in an AGP 2.0 slot. This card was manufactured in 2003

The second card is a PNY GeForce FX 5200 256MB AGP Graphics Card
which i am bought on clearance($32),but not sure if would be that much
of an upgrade. This card was manufactured in 2007

SHOULD I UPGRADE TO THE PNY FX5200?? I am happy with what i got
now with a video card,im not a big gamer. But maybe the newer card
would be a heck of alot better than i realize ????


MY PRESENT VIDEO CARD:

"ATI Radeon 9000 64 MB AGP Graphics Card"
Technical Details
* 64 MB of DDR memory accelerates latest 2-D/3-D games and applications
* Four parallel, highly optimized rendering pipelines deliver fastest gaming performance in its class
* Industry-leading video technology and software support
* Supports DirectX 8.1 and enables more complex and realistic lighting effects
* Compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Product Description
From the Manufacturer
Featuring a revolutionary Quad-pipe architecture and up to 128 MB of memory, RADEON 9000 SERIES provides best-of-class performance to accelerate all popular 3-D applications. Four parallel, highly optimized rendering pipelines, typically available only for the high-end gaming cards, significantly enhance performance and game-play responsiveness when compared to the standard 2-pipeline architectures found in most mid-range products. The RADEON 9000 PRO is available in 64 MB or 128 MB configurations with a 275 MHZ engine clock speed, and an 275 MHZ DDR memory clock speed. The RADEON 9000 is available in a 64 MB configuration, 250 MHZ engine clock speed, and an 200 MHZ DDR memory clock speed.

At-a-glance

* Best-of-class 3-D gaming with a Quad-pipe architecture
* Complex, realistic lighting effects with SMARTSHADER technology
* Sharper-looking 3-D graphics with SMOOTHVISION technology
* Advanced video features, including FULLSTREAM technology, for smoother video stream and sharper image quality
* Dual display support with HYDRAVISION
* Featuring CATALYST - The industry's most stable 3-D acceleration software
* DX 8.1 Support

Features

CHARISMA ENGINE II

* Four parallel rendering pipelines process up to 1.1 billion pixels per second
* High performance 2nd generation hardware transform & lighting engine
* 43 million triangles per second peak throughput
* Advanced vertex shader support for the latest programmable effects

SMARTSHADER technology
* Full support for DirectX 8.1 programmable pixel and vertex shaders in hardware
* 1.4 pixel shaders support up to 22 instructions and up to 6 textures per rendering pass
* 1.1 vertex shaders support vertex programs up to 128 instructions
* Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL via extensions
* Programmable shaders provide enhanced 3-D effects in over 100 existing and upcoming game titles

SMOOTHVISION

* Image quality enhancement features for Direct3-D and OpenGL applications
* Programmable full-scene anti-aliasing supports 2 to 6 samples with user selectable performance and quality modes
* Advanced anisotropic filtering supports 2 to 16 samples for high quality texture rendering with minimal performance impact

HYPERZ II

* Lossless Z-Buffer Compression and Fast Z-Buffer Clear reduce memory bandwidth by up to 25 percent

VIDEO FEATURES

* FULLSTREAM Hardware accelerated de-blocking of Internet video streams
* VIDEO IMMERSION II delivers industry-leading DVD playback
* Integrated MPEG-2 decode including iDCT and motion compensation for top quality DVD with lowest CPU usage
* Unique Adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing feature combines the best elements of the "bob" and "add-field" (weave) techniques
* YUV to RGB color space conversion
* Back-end scaler delivers top quality playback
* 4-tap horizontal and vertical filtering
* Upscaling and downscaling
* Filtered display of images up to 1920 pixels wide
* Hardware mirroring for flipping video images in video conferencing systems
* Supports 8-bit alpha blending and video keying for effective overlay of video and graphics

DISPLAY FEATURES

* Dual integrated display controllers to drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates
* HYDRAVISION software provides complete control over multi-display configurations with a user-friendly interface
* 400 MHz Dual integrated DACs with 10-bit per channel palette
* Integrated DVI-compliant 165 MHz DS transmitter
* Integrated TV-Out support up to 1024 x 768 resolution

GENERAL FEATURES

* Comprehensive 2X and 4X AGP support. Compatible with AGP 8X universal motherboards.
* Fully compliant with PC 2002 requirements
* Optimized for Pentium 4 SSE2 and AMD Athlon 3-Dnow! processor instructions
* Highly optimized 128-bit 2-D engine with support for new Windows XP GDI extensions

Product Description
The RADEON 9000 graphics accelerator delivers ground breaking 3D graphics performance. The RADEON 9000 provides high performance acceleration for today's demanding 3D graphic applications. PRODUCT FEATURES: Designed and built by ATI Technologies; Powered by the RADEON 9000 Visual Processing Unit (VPU); Awesome 3D gaming performance; Support for OpenGL applications; Support for Direct3D applications; High resolution in 3D up to 2048x1536; Best performance for today's and tomorrow's applications; Supports TV-Out to connect your PC to your TV or VCR; VIDEO IMMERSION, which provides industry-leading DVD playback and digital TV decode capability; CHARISMA ENGINE II performs complex transformation, clipping, and lighting calculations faster than the CPU or 3D graphics chip; PIXEL TAPESTRY II, which can apply 6 textures per pass to a complex 3D gaming scene; TV output support; TRUFORM technology, which makes the curved surfaces of 3D objects look smoother and more life-like; SMARTSHADER technology which can realistically create the visual properties of any material, like glass, metal, wood, and produce 3D depth by rendering the object's shadows; SMOOTHVISION, which provides users with various degrees of jagged edge removal from 3D images, allowing users to configure their own high quality or high performance gaming experience.


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"PNY GeForce FX 5200 256MB AGP Graphics Card"

NVIDIA® CineFX engine Delivers film-quality effects and studio-quality color for every application. 128-bit Studio-Precision Color The industries best image quality for the most demanding applications.

* 256MB
* NVIDIA® CineFX engine delivers film-quality effects and studio-quality color for every application
* 128-bit Studio-Precision Color is the industry's best image quality for the most demanding applications
* Architectured for Cg - Ensures that the newest, cutting edge special effects in applications will run flawlessly
* Digital Vibrance Control 3.0 helps achieve accurate, bright colors in all conditions
* Integrated TV encoder provides TV-out functionality up to 1024 x 768 resolutions
* AGP 8X provides double the bandwidth of AGP 4X allowing for uninterrupted data flow resulting in smoother video streaming and seamless gameplay
* Open GL 1.5 Optimizations and Support ensures the best application compatibility performance for all OpenGL applications


High-Performance, High Precision 3D Rendering Engine:

* 4 pixels per clock rendering engine
* 128-bit, studio quality floating point precision through the entire graphics pipeline
* Support for 128-bit floating point, 64-bit floating point and 32-bit integer rendering modes
* Up to 16 textures per pass
* Support for sRGB texture format for gamma textures
* DirectX and S3TC texture compression

High-Performance 2D Rendering Engine:

* Optimized for 32, 24, 16, 15, and 8-bpp modes
* True-color 64x64 hardware cursor with alpha
* Multibuffering (double, triple, quad) for smooth animation and video playback

Advanced DisplayPipeline with full nView Capabilities:

* Dual 350MHz RAMDACs for display resolutions up to 2048x1536 @ 85Hz
* Integrated TV encoder supporting resolutions up to 1024x768

Specifications:

* 250MHzcore clock
* 400MHz memory data rate (effective
* 128-Bit memory interface
* 6.4 GB/sec. memory bandwidth
* 1.0 billion texels/sec. fill rate
* 63 million vertices/sec setup
* 4 pixels per clock (peak)
* 16 textures per pixel (max in a single rendering pass)
* DX9 with Vertex Shader 2.0+ and Pixel Shader 2.0+
* Dual 350MHz RAMDAC's
* Max display resolution 2048 x 1536 x 32 bpp at 85Hz
* Flat Panel display support with resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 (requires flat panel display with VGA input)
 

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
thanks , thats what i thought the more i tried to compare
differences.
 

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The FX supports up to 2.0 pixel shader technology, however the FX series are poor with shader operations. It's a decent deal at $32, but I'd be looking for something along an Ati X1600.
 

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Thanks Satsumomo ,Jackiefrost9 You saved me a mistake.

What occurred is i walked by a clearence table at Staples,saw the FX5200 card on clearance for $32 and just assumed that would be a better card than my present 5 year old card and bought it. The more i compared the both the more they looked similar in preformance. Back to Staples the card goes today.
 
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