First post, by athlon-power
As I mentioned in a post about issues with a nVidia GeForce 2 MX400, the motherboard I am currently using, a Gateway Tabor III, refuses to render any 3D images in either OpenGL or D3D using the GeForce 2. I have followed every troubleshooting path I can think of, and I have exhausted every other possibility but the fact that the problem lies within the motherboard itself, and incompatibility issues, which would not surprise me. This motherboard has shown many issues before, like the fact that I cannot use PCI slot 3 on it, no matter what card I put into it, it always complains of a resource conflict. I have found no fix to this, either, even when turning off multiple BIOS options and removing every card but a card in slot 3. Unfortunately, I have no ability to get a new motherboard right now, so I have to continue using it.
Because of the aforementioned issue with that GeForce 2, I am forced to use the only AGP GPUs I have left that are time-accurate:
An S3 Savage 2000 AGP card with 64MB of VRAM, unknown speed.
An Intel i740 AGP card with 8MB of VRAM, unknown speed.
So far, the Intel GPU has ran very slow, but it is STABLE. It has not refused to run any games so far, whereas the S3 has refused to run Half-Life, exhibiting a strangely similar issue to what the GeForce does.
I just want to know the lesser of two evils here. I find it funny that the only time-accurate GPUs I have are known to be the worst at their time. Also, I want to mention that I am aware that more VRAM does NOT equal more performance, which is why I made this post in the first place. If a video card has a 100mhz processor that uses a 66mhz clock for it's 32MB of VRAM, it's going to still be slower than a video card with a 200mhz clock with a 100mhz clock speed that has 16MB vram. That was a very poor example at best, but that's the best lazily thrown together attempt I can make as an analogy for that.
Anyways, I'm happy to hear what you guys think about this. I must mention that getting any new GPUs/Mobos is not possible at the moment, as I can't buy anything.