View Full Version : Advice on High End Graphics Card

04-17-00, 03:05 AM
anyone out there,
what benefits will i reap from a 32 or 64 mb graphics card, nvidia techonology, ddr memory. Thing is, i dont' play ANY games at all. just basic apps and web, but i use adobe and corel a lot. Is the newer technology worth the price? thanks. i'm happy with my current ATI Rage Fury 32mb, but do graphics card boost system power, etc?

04-17-00, 05:45 AM
If you don't play games you would be better getting a faster cpu or more ram using the apps you mentioned.

04-17-00, 10:59 PM
FYI: the newer technology is NEVER (!) worth the price (IMHO)

(the only thing the inflated price leads to is a fat stock bonus for the ceo's of the companies that make the product: better to wait and save your hard earned money on something that won't drop to half of it's worth in 6mos)

if you are using mainly graphical apps, and not games, then a better video card wouldn't help as much as more Ram. increasing your ram, and possibly your processor speed, would make drastic improvements in the rendering time of your illustrations in corel, photoshop or any other graphics program that uses lots of floating point calculations.

(in my part of the world) you could up your RAM by about 320MB above and beyond what you already have for the same price as one of those newer boards!! (assume approx $300 of by dollars)

in my opinion, your card is more than adequate.

04-18-00, 06:50 AM
Hey Mattgical,

I'd check into a specialized card if you want to run graphics. Programs like Adobe and CAD aren't in the minds of the mass produced video card industry. They know the money lies in 3D for games like Half-Life and Quake3. I'd hazard a guess that for every CAD and graphic artist there are 100 discriminating gamers who demand 1 trillion polygons and 100Hz refresh.
These cards are great for games, but suck for the graphics programs. Don't flame me, I'm a CAD user and my company won't fork out for a nice 2D card for my computer (not now at least). My old company did, we got a $500 2D card put into the computer and it made a world of difference. Of course, I had the 19" 0.25DPI Trinitron monitor to boot. Hehe.

One more thing, if you are going to purchase an expensive video card I suggest you spend that cash on the monitor first. Get at least a 17" with 0.25"DPI and pay $400 and up. Your eyes will thank you for it. Even Quake3 run through the HELLSPAWN 640Mb 3D card will look crappy through a 15" cheapo monitor.

04-18-00, 11:47 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it.

04-19-00, 12:40 AM
Personal preference. Matrox Millenium G400 16 mb or 32 mb of ram. Can be overclocked very high and will take very high bus speeds.
I hear that the Voodoo 3 and the Gforce will also take high bus speeds as well.