Which budget vidcard for a low-end CPU?

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Postposted on Sun Feb 03, 2002 6:23 am

Ok, I'm looking to upgrade the vidcard on a wimpy Celeron 800 (TNT in there right now). I can get a Kyro2, GeF2MX400, or Radeon7200 all for about the same price (~$75). I know that the Kyro2 easily outperforms the other two in most comparison tests, but those are always done with high-end CPUs. Since the Kyro2 needs a fast proc, would the Cel800 render its advantages useless? Would the GeF or Radeon outperform it on such a slow processor? Recommendations welcome.
And can anyone point me to a review that uses budget vidcards on LOW-end CPUs? I haven't seen any (which is stupid, because that's where budget vidcards are used most).
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Postposted on Sun Feb 03, 2002 8:13 am

Here's a comparison of a couple of dozen video cards on a P3-800. That shouldn't be too far from what you're looking for. They also tested with a K7-1200, so you can see the difference that the CPU makes.

http://www.rivastation.com/vgacharts_e.htm

Expect older video card prices to fall when the new GeForce4 line arrives next week. The best deal I've seen recently was for a GeForce2 GTS (not MX) for $49.
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Postposted on Sun Feb 03, 2002 8:20 am

You didn't mention the OS/OS's you plan to run. Last I checked the Kyro was Windows only - if you plan to dabble with XFree86 on Linux/BSD etc then one of the other two would be a better choice.

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Postposted on Sun Feb 03, 2002 11:03 am

Well, it's for my brother-in-law's machine. He's strictly a Windows user. I think I can convince him to go up to around $100 for the GeF2 TI. Thanks for that link.
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