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Thread: FX 5200 vs. Radeon 8500....




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    Got a guy at work trying to sell me a 128mb FX 5200, I've got an Athlon xp 1700+ clocked to 1.65 Ghz, 512 mb PC2100 Ram, on a Gigabyte mobo with 4x AGP, I'm already using a 128 mb Radeon 8500, would the FX 5200 be an upgrade or just about the same? he's wanting about $50 for it, never installed (he's got a newer Dell, but alas, no AGP slot....) I've never been much for nVidia cards (I'm a Radeon guy), so don't know much about the GeForce....
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    The FX5200 is an awful card. Don't bother.

    If you're looking for a cheap upgrade that will perform very well, pick up a TI4200 off ebay or something. It will far outperform the 8500 and especially the FX5200.

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    Have never used ATI cards but I do have an FX5200 that I rather like. After reading many reviews on the FX5200 (most of them complaining about low FPS) I bought one anyway because the price was right. The version that I have is faster than my MX440 was and has way more eyecandy when it comes to game play. As far as FPS : with current games it puts out enough speed for the games to be clean and clear for me in my present configuration. I don't honestly think that my eyes can tell the difference between 50 FPS and 150 FPS but the card does suck in benchmarks against most other new cards. If you are looking for a futureproof card then forget it .... if you want to see all of todays eyecandy for a reasonable price then it will do the job.
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    I could barely run UT2k3 and BF1942 on my Ti4400 at 30fps....they must not even run on the 5200....

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    Had BF 1942 running on my old MX440 on my other system (Duron 950, 448 sdram). Haven't tried it on my new system but I have no doubt that it will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    I could barely run UT2k3 and BF1942 on my Ti4400 at 30fps....they must not even run on the 5200....
    Really? i can run my bf and ut2k3(lost cd so i dont have it anymore) at 60-90 fps at 1280x1024 with all high settings in the game.
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    I ran everything on "Highest". I also only played 16 player botmatches.

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    well i think it is unneccessary to change ur 8500 into some kind of crappy trash. fx 5200 is one of the sample for the word failure. It perform even worse then old mx440 in some case. and it was set to be a directx9 card. but seriously anyone know little bite about computer knows that there is no way at all fx5200 can run a directx9 game that required high bandwidth and both vertex shader and pixel shader speical effects game. i think if u want play directx9 game . i will suggest u rather choose radeon 9500 or 9600 series. otherwise stay with ur 8500

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    Stick with your r8500, if you don't, you will be very sorry. And how much exactly does he want for it, you said around $50? Try offering $40 for it and maybe you can make a small buck selling it to someone else. That is a good price.
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