Originally Posted by jydie
I always thought the 5200 series were an embarassment for nvidia... yet, people still bought them. ?????? The 5200 has to rate near the top for "all-time worst performance/dollar ratio". If you pay more then $30 for a 5200, then you are paying to much.
Why buy a DirectX 9 video card with the cheaper DirectX 10 cards on the horizon? I do not plan on using Windows Vista for a while, so DirectX 10 means nothing to me. I really hate how Microsoft is making DirectX 10 a VISTA ONLY option... once again trying to FORCE consumers to buy their product... a product that currently offers lower performance for gaming when compared to Windows XP.
I sure hope game developers eventually support Linux 100% because I would like to have other options for a gaming PC operating system.
As for this new card from GeCube... it might still be a bit to pricey for me. But, I will be looking forward to the reviews and benchmarks.
The FX5200 was pretty much the only reasonable option available for PCI for the longest time, which meant that Best Buy and placed like that would jack up the prices since they were the only PCI cards on their shelves and people would pay because that was the only option they felt they had.
As for the DX10 on XP, it isn't possible, or at least Microsoft says it isn't, and they actually backed that up with some evidence this time. So while it might look like DX10 on Vista only is just a way for Microsoft to force people into Vista, it really isn't. Microsoft just couldn't get DX10 to work with XP, though I am sure some clever hackers will get it working eventually, especially with Microsoft outlining the problem for them, Microsoft just doesn't care enough to continue trying.
Most of the Vista performance problems can be attributed to driver, or lack there of. As the video card drivers improve for Vista the performance should too. From what I have seen Vista is usually with 10FPS of XP already.