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First post, by user33331

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Hello
Do newer PCI cards work with old Socket 7\8 on Win98SE ? ( or show a blank screen ?)
and do these work in DOS: 320x and 640x resolutions "at low resolutions" ?
- Geforce FX5500, 6200, Quadro NVS,...
- ATI 7000,-7500,-9250.
- Matrox G200a MMS, G400(max), G450, G550.

Is the Matrox 's 2D quality still as good with newer: G400,-450,-550 as with older Millenium\Mystique: I,II ?
Or does the 2D quality get worse with newer Matrox cards like G550 low profile ? ( are there lower quality and cheaper parts with modern mfg.2000+ Matrox cards ?)

Does newer PCI Geforce and ATI cards have the same 2D quality or is Matrox best ?
I feel that Riva TNT 1 (1998) does not have as sharp image as Millenium 1 (1996).

Reply 1 of 4, by aaronkatrini

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Hi,
This is my experience with an LCD and with a newer system (socket 370):
- Ati 9250 PCI - VGA output is ok, nothing to complain but not the sharpest, for games is ok. However the Card also had DVI so I went with that.
- Matrox G450 PCI - VGA output is very good, I might be mistaken maybe just a tiny bit worse than the Mystique 220. Even on this one I used DVI for my monitor.

I know there are many FX5500 made from unknown Chinese manufacturers, I wouldn't trust those for a clean output 😀

Reply 2 of 4, by keenmaster486

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Even the most recent modern video cards still support those old video modes.

nVidia is the best for DOS compatibility.

I flermmed the plootash just like you asked.

Reply 3 of 4, by dionb

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Matrox G400 and G450 "2D" analog picture quality is simply the benchmark for everyone else. As close to perfect filtering as you are going to find. Of course, most other cards were good enough up to about 1280x960, but if you want to go to 1600x1200 and above using VGA, Matrox is the way to go, and the G4xx beat the old Mystiques hands-down.

Reply 4 of 4, by Joseph_Joestar

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aaronkatrini wrote on 2020-02-09, 12:58:

- Ati 9250 PCI - VGA output is ok, nothing to complain but not the sharpest, for games is ok. However the Card also had DVI so I went with that.

I had some bad experiences with my Ati 9000 Pro AGP while using DVI for DOS games.

From what I've read on this forum, some early DVI cards have problems with DOS games that run at 70Hz and other "exotic" refresh rates. I have experienced this first hand as a sort of slowdown/stutter when my card was connected to a 17" LCD monitor via DVI. The problem disappeared completely when I switched over to a VGA connection. Same monitor, same graphics card.

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