Hi there. I'm a first time Forum user. Though I'm normally good with PCs (and will be fitting the part myself), I'm a little confused as to which of these cards will give me the best performance (for Dungeon Siege 2 and Freelancer mainly, if it makes a diff).
They looked pretty similar to me, but unfortunately I am seriously hampered by my budget (you ever heard of Jobseeker's Allowance?!) so it's gotta be one of these. Will both work? The Connect3D sounds better, but there's no clue (for me at least) as to whether it'll work in my old AGP slot. Any ideas on that one?
P.S - Thanks for the quick reply for the last one... I was expecting to wait for at least a week!
I've installed a sum total of TWO graphics cards in my time, and both were replacements in seperate Win98 PCs. Are there are different cables and devices to consider with these two, or can I simply plug it in and have XP Pro detect it (god, how I *love* that!)?
The Radeon 9250 8x AGP should be backwards compatible with the AGP V2 4x slot and looking at the system requirements for the games you mention there should be no problems.
However, the site link below does a comparison on the chipset specs and there appears to be little benefit in changing the card other than the increased memory size (which surprises me as I thought the MX440 was a generation or two older, and the comparable Nvidia was the 5200 / 5600!)
I have similar spec machines running (AMD 2500+ barton with Asus ATI 9200 on Asus MoBO and AMD 2500+ barton with Asrock MoBo with the Saphire ATI 9200) the sapphire / Asrock is the faster & smoother machine.
If I were to choose between the two cards, I'd go for the Sapphire