cross posted at the wanderers, but i figured more traffic was here...
After 3 years of wanting a new card but holding off until i buy a new system, it REALLY looks like no new system is in the cards for me. My current computer was put together maybe around 2004(?): ooooold Athlon 64 , AGP 8x all-in-wonder-9600-pro-card. It was never the greatest system but it held up well over the years... My only gaming disappointment was civ5, which prompted my search for a new video card (never realizing until much later that my cpu might be a problem with that game as well)
So... I started shopping around for AGP cards to go into my current old old box...
narrowed down between
Ati HD 3650 1gb ddr2
Ati HD 4350 512mb ddr3
I ended up buying the 4350 on amazon a few hours ago
it wasn't until i saw this website that I started getting serious buyers remorsehttp://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=585&card2=562
while they didn't have an AGP version of the 4350 to compare straight up, I was kind of shocked that the newer (lol !!!) Ati series video board would seem
to have worse stats than the 3650
ATi Radeon HD 4350
Core Clock: 600 MHz
Shader Clock: 600 MHz
Memory Clock: 500 MHz (1000 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 8 GB/sec
FLOPS: 96 GFLOPS
Pixel Fill Rate: 2400 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 4800 MTexels/sec
ATi Radeon HD 3650 AGP
Core Clock: 725 MHz
Shader Clock: 725 MHz
Memory Clock: 800 MHz (1600 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 25.6 GB/sec
FLOPS: 174 GFLOPS
Pixel Fill Rate: 2900 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 5800 MTexels/sec
and then to top it all off all the user comments from 2 years ago on various sites saying neither were gaming cards!! lol Luckily Amazon let me cancel the order...Seriously... what would be a decent video card (for an old AMD 64 Athlon system)
i currently have this video cardhttp://www.gpureview.com/all-in-wonder-9600-pro-card-78.html
it plays all the games I want on lower settings: guildwars, lotr, team fortress 2 etc with almost no delay or problem (except once in a while Guildwars will make the screen go fuzzy).
my big disappointment is not being able to play civ V and some other newer games that require newer shaders or open gl 2.
while it is not a "gaming card" do you think the HD3650 would be worth purchasing? (i have seen refurbs go for less than $50)
Also, what is the comparable nvidea card series- agp wise?
And before you say - buy a new computer or new mb and cpu, I just don't see that being a possibility for less than $100
Appreciate any comments on any of the cards above (former owners?) or recommendations for a reasonably priced upgrade that might let me give some of the newer games a try (shader 4 and gl2)