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06-22-2003, 08:01 PM
I'm just wondering if any1 knows what graphic cards will be supported. I have a kyro based graphics card. Will that be supported or will only mainstream Nvidia and ATI graphic cards be supported?
06-22-2003, 08:32 PM
It is not said so, but I'd feel much safer with a 'mainstream' card.
06-22-2003, 08:40 PM
That's what i was afraid of. I'm just asking this because i'm planning to upgrade my pc before they release the game, or during the intial stages and i was wondering if i would have to spend more money upgrading the graphics card, which i was considering anyway.
Thx for answering so fast, if any1 else got more definite info, please post it
07-13-2003, 03:34 PM
All of these are suported..
GeForce 2 GTS
GeForce 2 MX
GeForce 2 Pro
GeForce 3 Ti 200
GeForce 3 Ti 500
GeForce 4 MX 420
GeForce 4 MX 440
GeForce 4 MX 460
GeForce 4 Ti 4200
GeForce 4 Ti 4400
GeForce 4 Ti 4600
Radeon 9000 Pro
Radeon 9500 Pro
Radeon 9700 Pro
ADD TO THAT.. the new Gforce and Radeons.. basicly anything above whats listed in the radeon and gforce ranges :)
07-13-2003, 04:34 PM
We know that Nvidia and ATI are good but we haven't heard feedback from anyone else.
And that concludes the 70th Graphics card post.....
07-14-2003, 07:47 PM
I would be very shocked if someone was able to play SWG without a mainstream card.. ** gforce , radeon **..
Most ( if not all nowadays ) cards are based around the gforce / radeon chipsets as they have the grip on the games / developers.
Can not actualy think of another high end card * that would play SWG * that is not based on gforce or radeon to be honest with ya.
07-15-2003, 12:30 PM
Unless I'm mistaken, SWG needs at least a DX7-class card...now, much as I love the concept of the Kyro/KII, DX7 it ain't...so it's upgrade time for you!
Now, depending on your budget, there's three real options...
At $76 - A Radeon 9100. Don't be fooled by the name...it's a fair bit faster than a 9200. Do not touch the GeForce FX5200 with a bargepole...sure, it has all the nifty features, but it ain't fast enough to run them.
(N82E16814102264 - Insert this into Newegg.com's search bar to go straight to the item.)
At $125 - EITHER a Radeon 9600 OR a GeForce4 Ti4200. The R9600 will perform quite a bit better, and has all the spiffy DX9 features, but some people have these irrational clingings to nVidia...and the GF4 isn't a bad card, especially if you overclock it. The GeForce FX5600 isn't mentioned here (Heh...) because the only ones with even acceptable performance (i.e Faster than a Ti4200) are nearly $200.
(N82E16814142012 for 9600, N82E16814260016 for the GF4)
At $280 - A Radeon 9800 non-Pro. Now, this'll be slightly slower than a 9700 Pro ($292), and faster than a 9700 non-Pro, and it's priced just between those two; while all 3 are viable options, it's worth noting that the only 9700 NP I could find on Newegg is from a manufacturer I've never heard of, and that the 9800 NP can be overclocked quite a bit...usually above 9700 Pro speeds.
On the nVidia side, we have...well. FX5900 and FX5900 Ultra. The FX5900 is priced at $360, and performs about as well as a 9700 NP ($240), while the Ultra (On Newegg; you could probably buy it for less in a shop) costs about $400 upwards, and, depending on what drivers you use (Long story...basically, nVidia altered their drivers to diminish image quality without the user's knowledge, artificially inflating speeds) is either as fast as a 9800 Pro or as 'slow' as a 9700 Pro.
(N82E16814102292 for 9800 NP, N82E16814102254 for 9700 Pro - If you want to buy a GFFX, dig your own grave. ;) )
07-20-2003, 06:06 AM
actually it requires DX9 to play but as far as I know it doesn't use any of the new features above and beyond what is in use in DX8.1
the key high end features being hardware T&L and the advanced pixel and vertex shaders
non of which is supported in any of the kyro offerings
the randeon 9600 seems to be the best bet right now for an up to date GFX card, good performance, great feature set, and great price
and the ATI drivers are starting to surpass those from Nvidia in terms of performance and support
07-22-2003, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by qlz19
actually it requires DX9 to play
Correct. However, it requires that you have DX9 installed, not that you actually own a DX9-class card.
Not that that should stop you from getting one, of course. :)
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