Looking for ideal AGP 2.0 card for Win98/SE machine

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Looking for ideal AGP 2.0 card for Win98/SE machine

Postby johnnystarr » 2017-12-05 @ 00:34

I'm building a machine based on a Gateway 4000622 / Intel D815EEA motherboard. According to the docs of the D815EEA,
I can use an AGP card with the following:

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I recently found a GeForce ti4200 x8 on eBay for a decent price, but it seems that x8 is a part of AGP 3.0? The board has a
universal slot though, so I'm not sure. I haven't had to worry about AGP compatibility since I was a kid so its a bit confusing.

The CPU runs at 667MHz, so I don't know what to look for. I'm not trying to create a general "what is the best gfx card for Win98SE" here.
I'd just appreciate some options that you all might suggest. Another reason I'm posting is I'm not real familiar with the Nvidia cards of this era,
and would also like some pointers on if ATI had the same Intel compatibility issues back then as it did in later years.

As far as the games I like to play, mostly RTS stuff from 1997 - 2003. Not a big FPS gamer, but still want the best graphics possible. Thank you.
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Re: Looking for ideal AGP 2.0 card for Win98/SE machine

Postby keenmaster486 » 2017-12-05 @ 01:20

Obligatory blind recommendation for the 3Dfx Voodoo 3.
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Re: Looking for ideal AGP 2.0 card for Win98/SE machine

Postby johnnystarr » 2017-12-05 @ 02:19

Ok, so 1 for 3dfx VD3. Anyone else care to weigh in? I know those aren't cheap these days. I'm hoping perhaps for something a little less popular that's still great for the era.
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Re: Looking for ideal AGP 2.0 card for Win98/SE machine

Postby JidaiGeki » 2017-12-05 @ 02:49

I've paired up a GF3 Ti500 and 9800XT (AGP 8X, currently installed) with the same motherboard that you have, and had no problems.
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Re: Looking for ideal AGP 2.0 card for Win98/SE machine

Postby Koltoroc » 2017-12-05 @ 02:51

Yeah, I would say the Voodoo 3 would probably the best choice. As for a cheap choice, Geforce 2 MX should work well. However, I would still recommend to get either a Voodoo 1 or 2 anyway for compatibility reasons.

Anything significantly faster is rather pointless outside of "because I can".
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Re: Looking for ideal AGP 2.0 card for Win98/SE machine

Postby Ozzuneoj » 2017-12-05 @ 03:15

If you just want something cheap that will run the games that a 667Mhz CPU will run, I'd recommend getting something like a Geforce 4 MX 440 or 460. Or maybe an FX 5200. They're a dime a dozen and very compatible. A Voodoo 3 is also a good option for late 90s games, but will cost you a lot more unless you stumble across one that isn't advertised well. A Geforce 4 MX or FX 5200 will also allow much higher resolutions and frame rates in later games. Still, if you're mainly playing late 90s games or games with Glide support and don't mind using lower resolutions (800x600, 1024x768), there's a certain cool factor that comes with running a 3dfx card, if you care about that kind of thing (nostalgia).

If that's an Intel i815 board, you can probably get a much faster CPU to give it some more leg room for games from 2000-2002 or so. If you're expecting to play games from up to 2003, get the Ti 4200 and upgrade the CPU to a 1Ghz or better Pentium III.
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