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    Which NEW video card is BEST for 2D ?


    Which NEW video card currently offers the best 2D at high resolutions?

    I am looking into ATI Radeon or the Voodoo5 5500. I am not sure about Matrox G450 as it's a revamped G400 (which is the same generation as the Voodoo3 3000, my current card).

    Yes, I do play games, however I do graphics design and have a high end 21" monitor so I need enough 2D power to drive sharp images at 1600x1200.

    Thanks.

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    I'd say the Radeon, but I haven't actually seen a V5. From what most reviewers have said, the Radeon has comparble 2D performance to the G400/G450.

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    Are you looking for an increase only in 2D??? If so, Matrox is the way to go with the G400 MAX. If not, Radeon.

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    If you do go with an ATI card, be sure to get a highend card, as their low end range perform poorly both in 2d and 3d.

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    Thanks for the replies. I do actually consider an ATI Radeon DDR, not the older Rage etc.

    But my specific question was, is the 2D performance of Radeon on a par with that of the Voodoo5 or is it much inferior (or better). Any input from Voodoo5 / Radeon owners much appreciated!

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    Radeon 2D performance is fantastic. My brother has one and it looks great. The G400 is a tad bit better, but only if you have a great monitor and look closely(very closely). My friend has had the G400 MAX for some time now and uses it for mostly 2D work. He is extremely happy with it.

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    Matrox all the way.

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    According to latest Maximum PC reviews on budget cards the ATI Radeon was lauded as the best overall, surpassing even G450 in 2D image quality. I'd say go for Radeon

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    I'd like to thank you all for your input. I did some further research and decided to go for the ATI Radeon 32MB DDR. So I went ahead and ordered it from buy.com ($164 free shipping).

    It arrived the following day (yesterday) and I am more than happy with my choice.

    My Mitsubishi Diamontron 2040u (20" viewable) was suffering under the RAMDAC of the old faithful (Voodoo3 3000). 2D image quality was blurry at 1600x1200x32bit (it was OK at 1280x1024x32bit).

    With the Radeon DDR, 1600x1200x32bit@85Hz is sharp and very comfortable to the eyes. I could not believe the desktop acceleration (latest drivers for Windows2000) I am getting with Radeon; I was under the impression that Voodoo3 3000 was great enough, but I was wrong :-) I can even use the 2048x1536x32bit@75Hz resolution!

    I made sure I installed all patches and registry hacks as mentioned on the ATI.com web site, as I am running a Tbird 950@1050 on a A7V (KT133 chipset). The rest of my setup includes 3x128MB of PC133 CAS3 Micron SDRAM, Soundblaster 512 PCI, IBM ATA100 GX75 30MB HD and the latest BIOS 1.005A on the A7V. I overclock an unlocked 950MHz Thunderbird to 1050MHz (totally stable - just Coolermaster). Full tower case with 400W Sparkle PSU.

    I did notice a few problems with games though, such as: Quake 2 fails to launch (maybe due to my hacked modifications). Quake III plays awesome, just a little darker than usual - easy to adjust. Alice has some problems: "tiled" look at the menu (as if the picture was made out of large squares with a black seam) and sometimes crashes deep inside the game.

    I simply love the card although it's clear that the drivers need improvement!


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    Which drivers are you using for the Radeon???
    ATI's WIN2000 drivers are horrendous. Go to www.rage3d.com and get yourself some leaked drivers, as they are currently about 25% faster than the ones on ATI's website and much more stable.

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    ATI has a reputation of "don't care" attitude about supplying updated and reliable drivers for customers. And I bet they will keep this tradition for a long time.

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