Firstly:- read the faq as there are Althlon mobo problems. Geforce FAQ
Secondly:- Basically all the Geforce cards perform the same as they all follow the Nvidia reference design very closely. Any differences are slight and mainly in the features or cost. Some are clocked slightly higher, nothing you can't do yourself.
You can therefore make a choice on the cost if you are on a budget, and be assured of not getting a lower performing card. The Creative card is often the cheapest in the UK but do save yourself some grief and go for a GTS. The reasons IMHO:-
Firstly I have an Asus v 7700 GTS (Geforce 2), currently overclocked @ 230mhz GPU/395 memory. The GTS has the new .18 micron GPU that runs much cooler and uses less power than the .22 micron GPU on the Geforce 1 SDR / DDR. I did have a Creative Annihilator Pro DDR (Geforce 1)before.
The GTS brings minor revisions to the GPU other than the reduced die that give an overall performance increases of, UPTO, 30%. at standard clock speeds. Also as you can see by my o/c results the GTS takes overclocking better, partly due to the criticism of the original card not doing so very well, and mainly because of the better GPU, much reduced heat, and higher yield batches of infinion DDR SGram.
If you already have a Geforce 1 and are happy with the performance then stick with it unless you can sell it for a good price, if not beg borrow or steal the extra cash.
My v7700 is a 32mb Pure version, not Deluxe. They also make a 64mb version but unless you play games at 1280x768 and above there will be very little to gain by having this extra ram as memory bandwidth is the main bottleneck with the GeForce architecture. Having said that a 64mb card may keep its value better in the long term due to the "perceived" performance potential non educated subscribers will believe. price is king see what you can get.
I can recommend the GTS over the Geforce 1 everytime due to the lower heat output/power consumption of the later card. You are much more likely to get stability problems with the Geforce 1.
The above taken with 26C ambient room temp, GTS running at idle with Asus "Rain" and Alpha PAL6035 copper insert heatsink on the GPU
It will blow you away after a V2 and with the 4.13UT patch, (not the latest i've found) UT is ultra smooth on my sys.
in The shop where I work the Sparkle Geeforce DDR is about £35 cheaper than the CL Annialator (it's easier to spell too). Basically like OEM but in a box, got no software bundled with it except the drivers. We had one in our demo machine and it screemed.
My train of thought is a runaway!!
AHHH, I think my computer's got a Virus!
Oh no, that's Windows XP
Chimaera: Twin Athlon MP 1900+ @ 1824Mhz, GeForce 3 TI500, 512Megs Crucial RegECC, 100GB Total HDD, SuSE Linux 7.3 + Windoze XP Pro
Thanks alot BladeRunner You've really Persuaded Me To Buy A Geforce 2, What's The Cheapest You've Seen One Over Here In The UK And What Is The Price Of The Same Card In America As i Am Going There Soon (August).
Also I've Only Got A 250w PSU With My Athlon (0.18u) Do You Think I Will Need A 300w PSU To Use A Geforce 2?
I'm sure you'll be happy with a GTS, it's a big upgrade from a Voodoo 2. The Creative card is usually one of the Cheapist in the UK, (185 + vat retail), I just liked the hardware monitoring the Asus card offers.
have a look at my answer HERE on this thread regarding the pros & cons of buying hardware from the USA.
Let me know what you get and how you get on, the only problem I can see so far is possible AGP 4x problems with the Athlon systems, although with current hardware there is little or no difference between 2x & 4x.
If you go for a GTS (geforce 2) then you should have no problems with your current PSU as the GTS requires 9 watts, (geforce 1 18 watts).
As always Check the Geforce FAQ first if you get any problems with instalaton.
[This message has been edited by BladeRunner (edited 06-25-2000).]