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upgrading AGP graphics card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by AlpineOne, Feb 21, 2008.

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  1. AlpineOne

    AlpineOne Thread Starter

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    Yeah, I know, what I should be doing is upgrading to PCI-e. However, I don't have the money to buy a new mobo/case/cpu/everything else associated with chaging formats altogether just yet, so I'm doing this to tide me over.

    In the computer-in-question, there is currently a Geforce MX440. The card I am looking at to replace it is a Radeon 9550, and I was wondering if it would be a worthwhile upgrade? I'm not expecting a huge increase in performance, but for the 70 bucks it would cost I'd like to know if I'll see any noticeable difference. I'm not too great at reading specs and drawing conclusions from them, so I was hoping someone could help me out.
     
  2. AlpineOne

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    Over 20 views and no opinions? Any thoughts on upgrading my card in general?

    The only stipulation is that I'd rather not get one that requires a new psu. The only games I play are TFC (on HL1) and the online multiplayer in Unreal Gold (the OLD one), so I don't need blazing performance. I'm just curious to see if there is something cheap I can do to get a little better performance until I do a full rebuild.
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Not really sure about 9550 but 9600 would be a nice improvement.
     
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    AlpineOne,
    you don't have to be some kind of fanatic about written specs,
    this site write reasonably clear reviews,
    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/sections/video/game_accelerators.php

    GF4 MX440-8X: MSI & Inno3d Review
    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/gf4mx440/

    Powercolor RADEON 9550
    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/tul9550/index.html

    personally, i would just stick with the MX440,
    if memory serves me right,
    the 9550 needs a direct plug from your psu,
    [i know the 9500 & 9700 cards did, not sure on 9550],
    [it need more umph than can be drawn from the board itself],

    but the difference i see wouldn't make me spend the money now,
    save it, that much sooner to a complete update,
     
  5. mclarenvj

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    I'd would seriously reccomend the Radeon 9550. You can Rayman M on it in Max quality with no heat =D
     
  6. AlpineOne

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    I'm only quoting your post, but this applies to some of the other ones as well- I was reading some reviews of the 9600 online and people that upgraded to it from the mx440 seemed pleased with the results. Since you didn't mention it in the above quote, I'm assuming the 9600 doesn't require it's own power connection? I only have a 250w psu, so that's definitely the limiting factor.

    Newegg has the 9600 for ~$50, so it's tempting if it will work in my system. The only problem I've seen is the apparently horrible driver support for the card. Any comments on that matter?
     
  7. Rich-M

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    I had a bunch of those cards for years when I still had agp cards and never had any driver issues and never a plug from psu used either on any of them.
     
  8. mclarenvj

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    the 9550 does not require a a plug from the PSU and i think i read in the hints and tips bit ofthis forum that the 9550 is an underclocked 9600. so you can overclock it.
     
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