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Looking to upgrade my graphic card one last time. Currently running a RADEON X850 AGP 8x. Dell XPS, 3 GHz Pent4 w/875P chipset.(800MHz Bus Clock, 400MHz DDR, Hyper-threaded (2)-- I would like the highest performance card I can get. I am doing HD video editing and some high end gaming. Don't want to get something that doesn't work, but would like the most performant card available. Dell recommends the RADEON HD2600 PRO 512 AGP 8X on their support site for my specific PC and ATI recommends a RADEON X1650 PRO 512 AGP 8X as the most performant for a generic PC with AGP 8X. What are your thoughts? Thx. Steve

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I wouldnt know whether you just like ATI Graphics cards, or it was recommended for you. But I would still give you my straight forward advice, and this is : Go for NVIDIA Ge-FORCE graphics cards. Trust me, you would thank me for it later.
I didnt want to recommend a specific model for you though, because of our difference in country locations, but just try and get a high memory (like 256MB and above), NVidia Graphics card that is compatible with your system. Also check out the available slot on your system that you will use for it first before you go (So that you wont go and get an AGP slot card when you have just an open PCI Slot). I'm telling you this because I've used A LOT of graphics cards also (Over 10 years now)! and I've come to that conclusion that NVIDIA makes the best graphics card.
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Here is a link comparing these 2 cards:
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=523&card2=458

As you see, not much difference between both cards, however the RADEON X1650 PRO 512 AGP 8X seems to be a better performer than the RADEON HD2600 PRO 512 AGP 8X

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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