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HowardsRock First Officer

I have a Radeon graphics card with 128MB of RAM. I use Ultimate Traffic and Ultimate Terrain, and the sim gets VERY choppy over busy airports like JFK.

What card upgrade do you guys recommend for smooth frames at busy airports (least expensive that will do the job)?

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Greekman72 Chief Captain
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HowardsRock First Officer

Tell me this. I don't have much money to spend. If I spent $130 or so to replace my 128MB video card to an ATI Radeon 256MB card (not these $350-$400 top of the line cards), would this solve my choppiness issues at busy airports?



Last edited by HowardsRock on Mon Oct 17, 2005 3:43 pm, edited 1 time in total
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Steve (astrosteve) First Officer

Howard what ATi Radeon card do you own? How much Ram does your computer have? What's your processor speed,type?

Need more info.... Question

AstroSteve Wink

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HowardsRock First Officer

I have the ATI Radeon 9200c 128MB card (this was the card that was factory installed by Compaq).

My computer is a Compaq Presario P4 2.60 GHz with 512MB RAM.

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atreyu Captain

getting 1gig of memory will help too

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Greekman72 Chief Captain

Upgrade your memory to 1gb and see the results.Then start to think of your VGA.

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Greekman72 Chief Captain

Oooopppsss....it seems that while i was writing my post Atreyu has post his.Anyway we agree Wink

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Steve (astrosteve) First Officer

The memory will help, but I truly believe it's NOT his major problem. The 9200c is one of the worst mistakes ATi made in making a card. They know it and the 9200 series was quickly discontinued.

Howard I would look at ridding yourself of that card. I am an avid ATi fan. I would recommend looking at newegg.com for a replacement. You don't have to spend a whole lot to get a far more superior card. Maybe $100-$175 range should get you a late model 9800 Pro or even an X600 or something.

I would assume you have an AGP slot. Be careful when shopping for a card now that PCI-Express is out it can be confusing. Make sure it's an AGP card. Also check Ati.com for latest Catalyst drivers, I believe 5.9 is now out. Driver updates will keep performance higher.

If you have any questions or need help send me a PM, I would be glad to help.

AstroSteve Twisted Evil

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HowardsRock First Officer

AstroSteve, what do you think of this card?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102581

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RadarMan Chief Captain

I have the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128 (AGP) and have been very happy with it.
Not the Wonder one.

http://www.bizrate.com/buy/products__cat_id--405,keyword--ati%209800%20pro%20128,lp--1,mkt_id--17922007,sfsk--3,sort--5.html

Radar

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HowardsRock First Officer

RadarMan, what are your computer/processor/memory specifications?

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RadarMan Chief Captain

HowardsRock wrote:

RadarMan, what are your computer/processor/memory specifications?

Weak!
P-4 1.5 gig
512mb Rambus Ram
XP Home

I plan on a new one for the next version.

Radar

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Steve (astrosteve) First Officer

Howard -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102515

This is the card for you!

The other AIW card is only a 9600. No active cooling. (not good)

This card has 256mb DDR memory and almsot the same in price. You will be much much happier!!!!

GET IT!!!!! Hit with Chair

AstroSteve

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Greekman72 Chief Captain

RadarMan wrote:

HowardsRock wrote:

RadarMan, what are your computer/processor/memory specifications?

Weak!
P-4 1.5 gig
512mb Rambus Ram
XP Home

I plan on a new one for the next version.

Radar

Im looking forwrd to see the specs of your....creation Hack RadarMan... Wink

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Greekman72 wrote:

RadarMan wrote:

HowardsRock wrote:

RadarMan, what are your computer/processor/memory specifications?

Weak!
P-4 1.5 gig
512mb Rambus Ram
XP Home

I plan on a new one for the next version.

Radar

Im looking forwrd to see the specs of your....creation Hack RadarMan... Wink

So am I! Very Happy

Radar

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