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    Graphic Card

    Hello guys,
    I want to know witch is the best card to use OpenGL, I have a machine that looks good for me, but I think the card is nor the apropriate one, the machine is a AMD K6 III 450 Mhz, and the card is a Diamond Sthealt S540, 32 MB , the applications that I develope and also other applications that use OpenGL is coming to slow, can someone give a solution, or a sugestion of a good card ?

    Thank you for the moment
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    Kurt

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    Re: Graphic Card

    IMHO, the NVIDIA and ATI cards are the best way to go for OpenGL. The question is, how much you want to spend...
    ATI Rage, Rage II, Rage 128 and similar are not really up to date anymore (the Nvidia counterparts would be Riva TNT and TNT2) but sufficient for 'smaller stuff' and available used for under $100
    Today's high end cards are Nvidia's GeForce II, GeForce III (there's no real competitor to the GF3 from a technical point of view), and the ATI Radeon. These cards can do a lot more (as far as functionality as well as raw performance goes) than the above mentioned, but of course, are significantly higher priced.

    Another alternative you might want to look into are Matrox' G200/G400 cards (good cards from what I hear, but the driver support is supposed to be not as good as with Nvidia and ATI). As far as the best card driver support and updates goes, this prize I personally would definitely award to Nvidia

    Take a look at the card specs and prices, and decide which would be best for you.

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    Re: Graphic Card

    Thanks Dodger. I will check, do you know something about the Diamond Sthealt S540, some driver or this is not the best card to support OpenGL stuff.

    Tnks
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    Re: Graphic Card

    I used to have a Diamond Stealth. It's now sitting in my closet with all my other misc. parts. I couldn't even bring myself to put it into my dad's computer and he usually gets all my discarded parts.
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    Re: Graphic Card

    My opinion is this, if you are JUST programming buy a nice cheap Riva TNT or TNT2 which you should be able to get second hand or very cheap, but inevitably you will be playing games so in that case you should spend a little more and go for a GeForce (as high a spec as you can afford). Remember you may buy a card that suits you know, but what about six months or a year down the road? I have a TNT at home which I seriously thinking of replacing because most new games crawl on it.

    Of course you could always spend $5000 on a wildcat 4210, but then again, will this compare to the Geforce III ?!

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    Re: Graphic Card

    Yeap...thanks guys, I will think about a GeForce II....

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    Re: Graphic Card

    Your Stealth is in the closet? How nice.

    I have my savage 4 (stealth S540) holding open my door, it makes a great door jam!

    Stay away from anything S3 related, anything from ATI pre Rage 128, anything from Matrox (really crappy openGL).

    Nvidia Geforce or better, or ATI Rage 128 pro or better is a good bet. However, ATI has slow driver support for the most part (I don't know about the radeon though), so it really depends on what your looking for. Knowing what I know now, I would get a Geforce 2 MX (low end sytem) or a GF2 (mid range) or a GF2 Ultra (high end). Now all I need is to win the lotto, and then I can get a GF3!

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    Re: Graphic Card

    Dear Elixer,

    If you win the lotto, don't forget your friends here of the OpenGL Forum .

    Tnks for all the replies.

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    Re: Graphic Card

    im not to sure if a geforce is a good idea with a k6-450 (it sort of likes a powerful cpu)
    if youve got the cash get a duron + geforce/radeon or if u dont save your dosh and get a tnt2/m64 or vanta

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    Re: Graphic Card

    So, a GeForce2 Ultra will be a good choice ?

    Tnks
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