My GeForce3 Ti200 64 MB DDR video card died on me last week after only less than 1.5 years of service. My next video card is primarily intended for multimedia (video editing, etc) as opposed to gaming.
I’m looking to spend no more than $160. I did a little research and discovered some things:
- In both organized reviews (tomshardware, etc) and public opinion, ATI video cards are better performers than nVidia cards.
- I can get an eVGA GeForce FX 5200 128 MB, 128-bit, XP-certified card for $72.
- At the higher end of my price range, I can get a PowerColor Radeon 9800 SE 128 MB, 256-bit card for $158. Plus, I can soft mod the Radeon card to boost performance to non-SE Radeon 9800 benchmarks and also get 8 pipes instead of 4.
My Q: is it justifiable to get a Radeon 9800 for multimedia tasks, or can I get by with a GeForce FX 5200? I suspect the latter but I’d like to ask those with more experience Or are there better bang-for-the-buck values out there? If so, what?