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What is the best and worst video card you ever had

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by KainXS, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. KainXS

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    as the title says what is the best worst video card you have ever owned and why,

    For me the worst card would be hands down the Geforce FX 5200, It was about 6 years ago, I was upgrading from a plain Geforce 3 and wanted to hop on the DX9/OpenGL2 train, so I bought the 5200 and "expected" better performance I mean, I litterally skipped the G4's so I put it in my pc, my new AGP8X, that was so pimp back then, and my performance was actually dropped and I looked on all the forums and it verified that this 5200 was a piece of crap, but I stuck with it and a little while later it just died, sitting in my closet right now, been there for the last 5 years or so, bought a 9800PRo to replace it and it just smoked it:rockout:
    That 1 card made me stop buying Nvidia cards until I got my Geforce 7950GT

    The best card I have had was the X850, I actually still use it in my media HTPC:)
     
  2. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    FX 5600 for me, it cost more than your 5200 and was just as useless.

    best card for me would be 8800GTX - yeah it cost a lot of money but its still going strong and now with physx its got even more life in it. its one of those rare purchases that lasts for years and years.
     
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    Best, probably the 9600XT I replaced my GeForce TI4200 with, treated the card like crap and as far as I know it is still kicking in my friend's rig. Worst, um...can't say I've really had bad ones, just some that didn't perform well cause they were old as heck, and that TI4200 that died.
     
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    i still have FX5200 in working condition, played TF2 on it (800x600 on low settings, socket A rig, still works as well)
    8800gt is the best (most powerful) card i had
     
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    ATI 1950pro....was a total shit card....why would i say that......cuz they didn't overclock
     
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    2900xt 1gb DDR4 and 8800 GTX are the best worst was a radeon 7200
     
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    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    2900XT and 8600GTS were the best and the worst were Geforce 4 MX 420 PCI and the Geforce FX 5900.
     
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    Worst for me was an nVidia Vanta LT Riva TNT2 64 16mb AGP4x. It was never nice with drivers, mainly because nVidia forgot they made the thing.

    My official favorite card has to be my X800XT AIW. At the time it could play anything, DO anything, and had a ton of accessories to play with. I've got an 8800GT which is more powerful, but the fact I bought one and it depreciated nearly 200 dollars in 6 months has left a sour taste in my mouth.
     
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    ah... so true, it happened to a lot of vids this time around
     
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    Best: 4870
    Worst: 6200 AGP!
     
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    My favorite card I've had to date was my X1800XT. It was a huge leap forward from the 9550 before it. Never really had a least favorite card. I was always too poor to afford anything top end, so everything prior to the 1800 was basically just lower end cards or older cards anyway.

    Hmmm, I should grab that 1800 back off of my dad and see what I can do with it on this rig now. lol.
     
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    Best:Gigabyte HD4850
    Worst:Vanta LT Riva that couldnt even run at half stock speed cause i overclcoked it too far, or XFX 8500GT peforms like crap and the fan sounds like someone is blending cats and also it ran at over 100 degrees
     
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    +1 there, love the 8800GT but i hate that fact about it!

    Worst card has to be a TNT2, best has to be the 8800GT due to it introducing a new price/performance ratio to the market when it came out...faster than a 640mb 8800GTS, cheaper AND newer fab, even if the stock cooler was/is a dog :)
     
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    Yeah, when I got my 8800GT, I sold my 2900xt, but my buyer backed out on me, so I sold the 8800 instead. I am glad that he did, since the 8800 took a nose dive while the 2900 retained it's value more.
     
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    I remember my old friends old compaq came with that card and showed him my good of G3 and he was sad, lol:rockout:
     
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    Best --- 9800GTX
    Worst --- as far as I can remember an ATI Rage 128...
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    i suppose 'worst' needs defining - some of us are talking speed (which more or less means newest and oldest) while the rest are talking cards that absolutely sucked (FX series)
     
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    Least Favored: S3 Trio 64v+ AGP ...the drivers were meh, it's IQ was decent for the time, but it couldn't game for anything, I had an S3 integrated in my first Althon rig that was better!

    Most Favored: x850 pro AGP...a couple years ago during the big ATI Clearance Sale, they had these and x800xl's on sale. I had a chance of unlocking a quad of pipes on the x850 pro (x800xl already had 16 pipes, but was less OC-able), which was successful (thanks to Dolf and his thread/cd utilities), I also stuck an ATI Silencer 5 rv2 on it, ran cool...Oc'd quite well. Still one of my most favorite cards of all times because it was my first time having anything close to a top end card...I did Dolf's flash for XT PE clocks and 16 pipes after a while, the card still works great to this day!

    I do gotta say for NV flavor I would have a tough time choosing between my 9600GT and the GTX260 as an overal favorite, both OC and perform excellently.
     
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    Best: Nvidia 7600GT (I love this baby, well, except for the noise).

    Worst: Nvidia FX5200 (a nice piece of crap) and a S3 onboard shitty graphics with 32mb of shared RAM(it was sooooo great that i wasn't able to see anything on NFSU2).
     
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    My all time favorite is still the Kyro. It just did things differently and worked and was cheap. It shows that other companies can make working products as well.
     
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    Best card I ever had was a Radeon 9000 64MB :D Was an amazing card. I loved it!! I could run Half Life on max settings while everyone else was struggling on low. In fact, you could even run Half Life 2 on that card!! I did for a while. It is now out of use, but I will try not to ever throw it away.

    I've loved all my graphics cards, but the only one I've had ANY MINOR issue with is my current 3870. The ONLY TINY problem is the noise. It's very loud. My 8400GS was nigh on silent, but this is louder than everything else in my room!!!! But I do love the card and it kicks ass with all the games I own.
     
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    a hard one. my first card was a S3 ViRGE with 2 MB EDO RAM, pretty shitty card that was later replaced by a Rendition Verité V2200 8MB RAM. Firsty i was really happy, because the new V2200 allowed useable 3d acceleration, so i could play stuff like Quake 2 and Tomb Raider 3, however later I realised that the card completely sucked at 2D, so a lot of favorite old DOS games became unplayable on it.
    next, i had a GeForce FX5200. I know this was a shitty card even at the time of release, however considering the fact that i used a PCI version on a 1Ghz Celeron, i think it had more than enough power for that system. Actually this is the video card that I liked the most, I used it mosty to hook up my computer to the tv and watch movies - pretty nice memories actually.

    Then my current card: Radeon X1950 Pro - the most powerful yet, however i had quite struggles with the drivers. I am thinking about replacing it, however Nvidia has currently nothing to offer, and im not sure whether i want another ATi card...
     
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    you really think Nv has nothing to offer, with the dirt cheap prices on the 9800GT? i've seen it for $155au, and its a monster at that price point.
     
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    worse card, nvidia mx400. Fried it in 40 days playing mechwarrior mercenaries at 1600*1200.:eek:

    most reliable, I'd probably say the ti4200 that replaced the mx400. As far as I know, that card is still in use.:respect: I gave it to someone, but for the life of me, I can't remember who.:confused:

    Favorite, my gx2.:rockout: This thing is a beast performance wise, chews up cryisis and spits it out in 1920*1200 size peices. It's worked perfectly since I got it, and IMHO, it OC's like a dream. Add the fact that I was able to trade in my most disapointing card for full credit for what I paid for it, so the gx2 only cost me $313 out of pocket(I got it once it was released for sale), that made it a even sweeter deal.:toast:

    Most dissapointing card would have to be the 8800gts 320 meg card my gx2 replaced. When I got the card, I was probably the most excited about this card than anyother card I've gotten. Only thing i was thinking was "HELL YEAH, I GOT A 8800GTS:rockout:". When I got the card home and installed, I got the same performance out of it that I got from my 8600gt 512 card in crysis.:wtf: And with a x2 5200 OC'ed to 2874mhz and 2 gigs ddr2 800 ram, it couldn't of been bottlenecked much at all(maybe some, but not much):shadedshu
     
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    Worst: FX5200 or my 8600GTS 256mb. Just didn't cut it for my 24" :p

    Best: This 4870 :) Absolutely awesome.
     

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