With a tight budget and a generally limited number of choices available today for video cards, what's a computer gaming fanatic to do? Sometimes a budget card can deliver a reasonably satisfying performance. KaoMAN checks out an offering from NVIDIA that will set you back about $100, but might be just the card you need.
The high-end video card scene has become rather bland these past few months, as NVIDIA has been pretty stagnant with its 6800 Ultra and ATI is just adding an extra 256 MB memory to their X800s. In the middle, NVIDIA has the 6600, which is a quite capable card if overclocked, while ATI has its 9600 on steroids, dubbed the X600. On the low end, we have the highly crippled 6200 and X300, but in terms of AGP availability, there is only the 6200. NVIDIA has recently released a Turbocache PCI-E version of its 6200, which decreases local memory and to compensate, utilizes system memory for cheaper performance. If you are in the market for a video card at this time, you do not have many choices, and that is never a good thing.
Though NVIDIA's GeForce 6200 is crippled in terms of core and memory clock speeds and memory interface, it still shares all the latest features of its older brothers the 6600 and 6800. With DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 support, the 6200 GPU promises to deliver all that the dazzling IQ $200+ cards offer for under $100. The only problem is that the 6200 is severely underpowered.
The NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6200 GPUs feature a revolutionary design that delivers best-in-class performance on today's hottest games and applications. The only GPUs in their class to support Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0, the GeForce 6200 GPUs power the latest effects without compromising performance. Further, the GeForce 6200 GPUs include NVIDIA® PureVideo™ to deliver crisp, vibrant video to the PC.
Founded in Hong Kong, InnoVISION Media is a manufacturer of multimedia PC hardware. Their product line consists of graphics cards, digital video/TV capture and editing products, sound cards, motherboards, and advanced peripherals. Inno3D is InnoVISION's particular brand for their line of graphics accelerators, which comprises NVIDIA GeForce accelerators from the GeForce2 to the latest PCX, 6800, and Cinema FX video cards.
In an effort to reduce manufacturing prices, NVIDIA took the NV44 (Turbocache) 6200 and used it in their latest AGP GeForce 6200, dubbed the 6200A. Today, we will examine the Inno3D Geforce 6200A, looking at the differences between the previous 6200 and this new one. Should you buy the new 6200A or try to find an older one? Or should you steer clear of the 6200s? Read on to find out.
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