9800 PRO - Best card ever
Cards ive had in main rig:
--unknown-- <--- comp repair guy replaced it with the next card as this one was slow as hell
S3 Salvage - Not bad... no bad memories, ran starcraft, settlers III and even red alert 2, albeit loading times were much slower than my mates shiney new athlon 1ghz with who knows what card.
Geforce 2 MX - This thing kicked ass, i didnt know there was much better out there but it beat crap outta the S3 thing (and mt mates rig) it was paired with a 1.7ghz P4 and 128mb rdram. GTA III was a bit laggy though.
Geforce 5200 FX - Yay another new comp! But god damnit GTA III still lags! bollocks... This was the point i looked up anandtech and found everyone worshipping the 9800 PRO, i joined this strange at the time cult and bought a....
9800 PRO - WOW KICK F-IN ASS DUDE!! GTA III not only runs with no lag! But on HIGH settings too... wow.... i was really really impressed. It ran farcry and doom III and half life 2 and we fragged many a zombie and ohh such good times! Then earth 2160 came along, poor lil fellar couldnt cut it so well anymore, so i replace him
X1900XT - Its supposed to be what, like more than 3x the power of a 9800 PRO? I didnt feel it. I still dont feel it. Simcity 4 runs like crap too (driver issue). Suppose ill be thankful when newer games come out, i just run games at decent settings, not crazy-high, i got no interest in trying to bring this card to its knees with FEAR at 3048x3048 16xAA super quality! I guess im not impressed as ive jumped from one good card to another, jumping from a series of not good cards to a good one was worlds apart.
Other cards ive owned (bought from ebay, got free etc):
Matrox milennium G400 - Came free. Cant even run starcraft with 8 players. They were all bitchin about lag in an 8 way simpsons madness, so we played the blame game and later on to my surprise single player lagged too :frown:
Geforce 4 mx4000 - an mx420 i gather. It sucked too. GTA III actually played better on my geforce 2 MX but the cpu/ram was different there, that was probably a big factor.
Geforce 4 TI4400 - Sweet card, just like my 9800 PRO, it ran GTA III, BF2 etc, it was a nice buy. Pleased with it. Unfortunately its sitting in my backup rig with a pentium II 400, people say the cpu is rarely the bottleneck? heh, not in this rig
Maybe with a 1ghz PIII itll be fine.