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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: MX DDR or Radeon DDR?

    MX DDR or Radeon DDR?
    By ShaftNJC January 25, 2001, 06:24 PM

    Okay I know you've seen posts like this a million times, but I am ordering a computer this week and I need to know...

    Money IS an issue. I play games A LOT. Image quality is important, but so are fps. On the website i'm ordering from:

    Radeon 32 DDR OEM - $129
    Annihilator 2 MX DDR - $139
    Leadtek Winfast GTS DDR - $199

    I think the GTS is too expensive. Look at my specs below and tell me what you think and SOON!!! MX OR RADEON???

    By mrwhite January 25, 2001, 06:28 PM

    The annihalator MX is NOT DDR in contrary t what it sais on the box. this is a very low marketing scheme by creative that makes people who buy the card look stupid (no offence) they are trying to trick you by putting it. The memory is not even clocked that high for a matter of fact (it uses 6ns RAM whereas Hercules uses 5.5ns) As for what card you should get, well The Radeon has better image quality and is more future proof and the GeForce GTS has more raw power. basically I traded my GTS Pro for a Radeon cause i was willing to sacrifice the difference between 90 and 70 frames per seconds for the extra image quality and future proofness (let alone the ViVO capacities, but your 32DDR wont have that)

    By email_atif January 25, 2001, 06:30 PM

    Hey SharkyForum Readers,

    Well, since you seem intent on purchasing the card RIGHT NOW, it would not be wise to suggest waiting for the next-generation video cards until next month. Anyways, seriously, don't get the Creative GeForce2 MX DDR, why you ask. This is why: DDR is only effective with a 128-bit wide data path, or higher, however, the MX DDR uses a 64-bit data path, much like the Matrox G450, resulting in a loss, or almost as much performance as the 128-bit SDR Cards. Translation = a GeForce2 MX DDR performs worse than, at best as good as the SDR MX cards because the DDR RAM is the cheaper/stripped down version. As long as the clock speeds haven't been messed with, pick up the Radeon DDR 32MB, it's as good/better than the MX, and offers nice image quality. I don't want a flame war, that's why I didn't stress the image quality.


    By email_atif January 25, 2001, 06:31 PM

    Hey SharkyForum Readers,

    Looks like MrWhite beat me to the post by about 2 minutes. Sorry if the information is redundant.


    By alanschu January 25, 2001, 07:28 PM

    First off, like the two prior to me stated, the DDR of the Creative GeForce2 MX is not the same as the DDR of the Radeon or the Hercules GTS.

    The Hercules and Radeon both have 128-bit data paths, while the Creative MX only has a 64-bit memory path, so it's only half as effective as the DDR in the Radeon and the Hercules. It's a marketing scheme, because the other MX cards use SDR, but at 128-bit (which is equal to DDR at 64-bit).

    Next, the Radeon is a very good performer, and going up against the cost of the Hercules, I would recommend it. It only runs a little bit slower, but arguably has better picture quality (in 32-bit). The Hercules GTS will kill the Radeon in 16-bit gaming speed-wise, but I'm a fan of 32-bit quality

    If you need ultimate raw speed, go with the Hercules GTS, if you want almost as fast speed, with more features (the Radeon chip tends to have more features than the GeForce2 chip) go with the Radeon. Like I said, because of cost, I'd recommend the Radeon. It's quite a bit cheaper than the Hercules IMO.

    By Newbie-Overclocker January 25, 2001, 09:01 PM

    Get the radeon its a sweet card!

    By Bateluer January 25, 2001, 09:03 PM

    Get the Radeon

    By Mr Roboto January 25, 2001, 10:57 PM

    Radeon or Geforce GTS DDR, but not the MX. I think there is a general concensue of that here....

    By Diablo SV January 26, 2001, 01:50 PM

    Geforce2 MX can be Compared with Radeon 32 SDR not the DDR Version! Because its a Waaaay better performance.
    and you can get a Radeon 32 DDR for $118 in www.z-buy.com and with free shipping!

    By thyowlio January 26, 2001, 02:37 PM

    Got my radeon, put it on my old 2x mainboard
    The result : 55 frames in UT at 1024 x 768 32 bits everything in high,
    i think its great since its runnig at 2x.
    Note : My CUSL2 got damaged before i got the radeon
    Other specs:
    P-III 700 @1085 on a sy-7vba-133
    256 RAM PC 133

    By Kai January 26, 2001, 02:42 PM

    I have heard that the gts also has 64bit ddr memory, since it is a 256bit chip with 8 pipes, but I don't really know. Oh and with your setup, I believe the Radeon will suite you nicely

    By Willy-Willy January 26, 2001, 06:34 PM

    Go get the Radeon!! It will kill DDR MX in no time!!

    By AMD_Forever January 26, 2001, 06:41 PM

    Get the Radeon DDR.

    The deal with the MX DDR cards is that they have to use a 64bit DDR because the MX chipset doesn't support 128bit DDR. The Radeon DDR however does use 128bit DDR. Thus, the radeon is faster. and has better image quality.

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