i am planning on buying a
-powercolout 32Mb riva tnt2 m64 w/tvout
i am into unreal tourney etc and wondered how m64's perform
i read someone said steer away from them-why?
i also have an original creative riva tnt and almost always, now, when i reboot, or power on the system i get a constant long beeping from the pc speaker, i have been told that indicates the card has been rejected or something, i have to try several times to get it to kick in now.
is there any way to fix this?
but is the performance drop that bad? i mean you are talking american dollars i am assuming?
i am in australia, i havn't even heard of leadtek, and for a price of 210 australian dollars is the card i picked reasonable?
If you're really into UT and want a cheap card, you might be better off with the Voodoo 3 2000. UT was basically built for Glide (those proprietary bastards!), so it doesn't run as well on other video cards. It will run good enough on other cards, but better on a Voodoo.
The Voodoo 3 has its downsides. It lacks 32bit color, only has 16meg of RAM, and doesn't perform as well at higher resolutions (1024x768+).
I don't know about that beeping. Different motherboards have different beeps for different problems. Contact your motherboard manufacturer. They can give you a list of different beeping patterns and what they mean. Your problem could be memory. Try pulling out and reinserting all your cards and memory. Maybe one of them is not inserted all the way in.
Stay away from the M64. All the reviews I've seen show it having pretty horrible performance (do a search). The slow memory forces you to run 16bit at low resolutions, something that the TNT2 chip doesn't excel at. If you want a TNT2 and have an AGP slot, stick with the non-M64 versions (the TNT2 16 meg, 32 meg, or Ultra). Oh, and Leadtek is a good brand. I have two friends with their TNT2, and one with their Geforce DDR board. Nothing special, but they're not a no-name brand.
BP6, C-366/550 (x2 very soon), 320meg
CL TNT2U 180/230
BP6, P3-700@770 (for now), 320mb, eVGA MX Plus (dual CRT), waiting for VIVO module
TNT2 and TNT2 M64 are the same in 16bit colour up to 800x600. Higher res and higher colours TNT2 M64 is crap, compering to real TNT2.
If you are Unreal fan get V3. UT is perfectly playable with my old K6-2 450 and V3 in 1024x768. On my new K7 650 with V3 I play UT @1600x1200 with same frame rate like 800x600 on my old K6-2 450.
But fore future games that while use more memory for textures and need to use AGP features TNT2 is better and if you have fast PII 400 and faster or K7, TNT2 is better choice.
For your problem maybe is pover related TNT are using lots of pover and your AGP mayb cant give that mutch power.
What motherboard you have or chipset?
Think you're concinced about not getting the
m64, about now. With a p3 and 192 megs it would be a shame to get one. Your system can really get a true tnt2 or v3 going. In case of the v3 go for the 3000 if you'd like tv-out. The clock speed isn't a real isue,
with a good fan you can o/c near 3000 speed.
As for the beeping,check if you're mainboard isn't touching your chassis. It could be leaking power. I've had this problem, really tricky to find out.
Well.. there is no big choice for you, get a real TNT2 card. Skip the M64 model, its a realy ****ty card. I realy don't know why they have made it, because the differnce in prise ain't that big (10-20% more for a TNT2 in Sweden), but the TNT2 realy outpreforms a M64.
Just take a look around, read some reviews, and u will see.
It seems all you guys don't like the M64.
Well I'm in OZ to and just upgraded everything to apollo pro motherboard 64M ram 433 celeron. I bought a Riva TNT2 and it wouldn't run our latest game Theme Park World just kept crashing in Direct 3D mode. Took it back to shop and tried it on their PC just the same.
I changed it for a Powercolor TNT2 M64 and it now runs everything fine. I haven't found any probs with it.