Reply 8360 of 22363, by appiah4
My head was about to explode due to my indecision on what video card to upgrade my Dell Optiplex GX110 with. I had a bunch of VGA cards from the period I want to capture with it (Win2K machine from 2000) but I was having a lot of trouble trying to gauge the speed of various cards I had against each other without going into the trouble of benchmarking them all.
My OCD nature took over, so I pored over the net and compiled a bunch of benchmarks comparing various cards I had at hand alongside their contemporaries, put them on a spreadsheed and normalized the results. Then using the GF2 MX as a benchmark, gauged the relative performance of them averaged across 800x600/1024x768 16-bit/32-bit Quake 3 scores. You can find the spreadsheet here.
It is not rocket science, but at last I have a visual representation of where each of these cards fall against each other.
I decided to go with the Radeon 7000. GeForce 2 MX was also a decent choice but lost out due to being actively cooled and not having DVI Output. The fact that the case came with a Graphics by Sapphire badge and that I had a Sapphire Radeon 7000 PCI helped the decision, admittedly. I was originally going to go with a Matrox G450 but boy, it really quite a bit slower than I thought it would be at 32-bit.
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