Low Range Graphics

The low-end range of graphics cards are meant mainly for those not interested at all in 3D games. For under $60 just about any of the below cards will meet your 2D application needs. Simply choose the card with the appropriate connectors on the back and you'll be good to go!

Those looking for one notch above the 2D-only accelerated world may be interested to hear about the GeForce 6500 which is supposed to bridge the gap between the 6200 and 6600LE by becoming somewhat of a hybrid between a normal 6600 and a TurboCache 6200. Expect this card to be out later this year in PCIe form, with no expectation for an AGP form.

The upcoming X1300 series will be available soon, but we can't comment much on the performance until the launch. Expect the X1300 to show up in HyperMemory variants as well, but not for some weeks after the initial launch.

Mid Range Graphics


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  • LoneWolf15 - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - link


    With the launch of the 7800GT, the plain 6800 series cards are dropping to around $200 as well. Choosing between the 6600GT and 6800 can be difficult. The main difference is that the 6800 features a 256-bit memory interface.

    And the fact that the 6800 has twelve pipelines and the 6600GT has only eight isn't a main difference?
  • yacoub - Monday, October 3, 2005 - link


    This card features the R480 core with all 16 pixel pipes enabled for a price of around $220!

    That's better than spending $30 more and getting an X800XL how exactly?
  • yacoub - Monday, October 3, 2005 - link

    *Is the R480 core in any way better than the core of the X800XL?
    *What is the difference in RAM latency and clock between this card and an ATI X800XL?
    *Are you really getting 95% of the performance of an X800XL for only $30 less, or are you better off paying the extra $30 to get the X800XL?
  • zemane - Sunday, October 2, 2005 - link

    On page 1, the RTPE link for LeadTek GeForce 7800GTX 256MB takes to eVGA GeForce 7800GT 256MB, instead. Reply
  • islandtechengineers - Sunday, October 2, 2005 - link

    im not making millions yet.... i feel like every 3 months i'll have to dish out around 500 for a newer card.... $2000 a year in video cards anyone? Reply
  • qquizz - Sunday, October 2, 2005 - link

    lol, write it off as a business expense! Reply
  • phaxmohdem - Sunday, October 2, 2005 - link

    $2000 a year in video cards = you need a money management class :P or enroll at a gamer rehabilitation center. haha

    Lets see:
    Geforce4 Ti4600 = $300.........2002
    Radeon 9800PRO AIW = $250......2004
    Radeon X800XL = $350...........2005

    So $900 over 4 years = $225/yr on video cards.... Looks like I need to kick it up a notch :)
  • xsilver - Monday, October 3, 2005 - link

    i think he's refferring to if you made the huge mistake of:
    6800gt ultra AGP
    6800gt ultra SLI PCI-E
    7800gtx SLI
    all in close to 12 months

    actually I think thats more than $2k there

    and if you were really stupid, you could have bought yourself 2x 6600gt's too when the first 6800ultras were in very low supply (just to try out SLI, why? i dont know) -- there are people on the forums that have done this...
  • SuperFubario - Sunday, October 2, 2005 - link

    My 7800Gt is coming tuesday....upgrading from a 4400TI. Like day and night boyyyy! Good time to pick one up as the price is just falling. Reply
  • Brian23 - Sunday, October 2, 2005 - link

    I could use a new card. Still running my GeForce 3 Ti450. However, with new cards just around the corner, I'm going to wait until spring semmester is over and just upgrade the whole PC instead. I'll get an X2, 19" LCD, fast PCIe card... I cant wait! Reply

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