Yes, the idea of the FX was that it's a DX9 card
I thought it was a DX8 card.
My FX5900 (don't know which exact sub-version of the FX5900 it is) was totally incapable of running FEAR at any acceptable FPS at virtually any resolution (GF6800 was leagues ahead). I tend to see FX kinda like a GF4.
I've read pretty poor things about the FX mid-range cards also, but only ever gotten a non-highend FX card but never used it as I haven't build an FX contemporary rig since I got that card.
I do want to like FX though. They were the first cards that started using some really heavy duty GPU cooling, makes them kinda look more impressive (power vacuum cleaner 🤣).
after a lot of researching on what would be suitable for my retro gaming PC, and checking what's actually being sold locally, I […]
after a lot of researching on what would be suitable for my retro gaming PC, and checking what's actually being sold locally, I can see those as being the most viable choices:
3dfx Voodoo3 3000 (€13) + GeForce4 Ti4200 (€8) (swapping them depending on the game)
or nglide wrapper +
GeForce FX 5500 (€5)
GeForce FX 5900XT (€10)
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra (€28)
PC has PIII 1000mhz on Asus CUSL2-C mobo with AGP Universal slot. Which choice would be the best for this? Won't really be playing anything newer than Q3 and UT99, or so old that it works perfectly on DOSBox.
I'd get the Voodoo 3, GF4 and FX 5900XT (dunno about the FX 5500) and keep any that you end up not using in your P3 rig as spare parts 😁
Edit: FX 5950u is more high-end compared to the FX 5900XT though, but I think the latter is much more value for money and that's why I recommended the FX 5900XT. If you got tons of money, you might just get the FX 5950u since FX doesn't really get any better then this.
And if you want to learn more about these graphics cards, wiki is a nice way to get you going https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_FX_series
Another favorite of mine is Good reading for people new to retro computing which has a link to here http://www.pc-erfahrung.de/grafikkarte/vga-gr … krangliste.html
I like this list as it gives a sortable table of anything recent down to cards like Voodoo 1, it gives an indication to relative performance.