First post, by mattrock1988
So I'm currently rocking a GeForce4 Ti 4600 (made by Leadtek under the WinFast brand) on the AGP bus. I do love this GPU, but the DVI out on the card is a bit... buggy. Games using standard VGA modes like Sierra adventure games from the early 90s (think Space Quest V) have extremely slow scrolling and redraw on the display. Also, on games like Dark Forces, I get additional artifacting in the status bar of my HUD. However, all of these problems virtually vanish when I use the VGA port. I'm ok with the VGA port for now, but when I get another flat panel display for this thing, I'd rather have bug-free DVI to work with.
I understand that in many ways, the GeForce FX series is considered a step back from the GeForce4 in terms of raw horsepower. However, since my intention is not to run games made past the year 2001 on my machine, I'm mostly unconcerned with splitting hairs on this point. I hear the GeForce FX cards do generally have very crisp images and still support all the modes that were slowly dropped from newer generations of GeForce cards, such as palettized textures and fog table. I'm thinking of setting my eye on the GeForce FX 5900 (non-Ultra) model as a possible replacement for several reasons...
1. The Ultra versions of these cards tend to use ridiculously loud fans and inefficient cooling solutions.
2. I need a card that only takes up one slot in my machine. I'm constrained on space and can't afford to sacrifice additional slots.
3. The FX isn't considered so new as to feel out of place in a Pentium III system. Not precisely period correct, but not overkill either.
4. I need something that's still a great card for use in both DOS and Windows 9x.
Is this a reasonable route to take? I'm up for suggestions if anyone has any outside of my initial thoughts. I'm also looking for one still new in the box if humanly possible. Not sure if that's even an unreasonable expectation, since I'm not the biggest fan of buying something used with a history that's unknown to me.
Retro PC: Intel Pentium III @ 1 GHz, Intel SE440BX-2, 32 GB IDE DOM, 384 MB SDRAM, DVD-ROM, 1.44 MB floppy, Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti 4600 AGP, Creative SoundBlaster AWE64 Gold, Aureal Vortex 2, DreamBlaster S2