G550 vs. ATI Radeon X300 Se


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Andrew Barss

My wife just bought a new machine (Dell 9100), which includes the
ATI Radeeon X300 SE card. We also have an extra Matrox G550 around, and
I'm wondering if there would be any reason to replace the ATI with the
Matrox. She'll be doing 90% 2D stuff (text and graphic editing, and
photo editing), with occasional short video editing.

Any advice appreciated,

-- Andy Barss
 
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sedum

My wife just bought a new machine (Dell 9100), which includes the
ATI Radeeon X300 SE card. We also have an extra Matrox G550 around, and
I'm wondering if there would be any reason to replace the ATI with the
Matrox. She'll be doing 90% 2D stuff (text and graphic editing, and
photo editing), with occasional short video editing.

Any advice appreciated,

-- Andy Barss
I have the same machine which I bought to use as a media centre. I
have had no problems with the X300 SE card for normal video editing,
however, the S-Video output to my Sony 32" wide screen TV could be
better, but I have not seen anyhing else to compare it with. The
output from my Pace Twin PVR via SCART is sharper.

The card did not do well in a recent (August 2005) PC Pro magazine lab
test, but it is a relatively cheap card (£30 to £40?) and the winner
was over £100 but they were really testing for games I thnk.

David
 
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dannysdailys

Andrew Barsswrote
My wife just bought a new machine (Dell 9100), which includes th
ATI Radeeon X300 SE card. We also have an extra Matrox G550 around and
I'm wondering if there would be any reason to replace the ATI wit the
Matrox. She'll be doing 90% 2D stuff (text and graphic editing, an
photo editing), with occasional short video editing

Any advice appreciated

-- Andy Bars
No, you'd have no advantage to switch the cards. The Matrox is a 3
meg card and the Radeon is a 128 meg card

While this isn't an indicator of technology, I think it's safe to sa
the Matrox, or whatever it's called, is a few years old at least

While the Radeon card is no wonder, if what you say is true on it'
usage, it'll be fine

No heavy metal games though..
 
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Roy Coorne

Andrew said:
My wife just bought a new machine (Dell 9100), which includes the
ATI Radeeon X300 SE card. We also have an extra Matrox G550 around, and
I'm wondering if there would be any reason to replace the ATI with the
Matrox. ...
Well... you might give it a try, using the most recent driver
(5.93.009) from www.matrox.com - the result depends on the harmony
between graphics card, driver, and monitor.
*But* - the G550 is AGP; isn't the Radeon X300 in your wife's Dell
9100 a PCI Express card?
<http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dimen_9100?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~page=4#tabtop>
Then the G550 won't fit at all...;-(

Roy
 
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dhs

My wife just bought a new machine (Dell 9100), which includes the
ATI Radeeon X300 SE card. We also have an extra Matrox G550 around, and
I'm wondering if there would be any reason to replace the ATI with the
Matrox.
I made a somewhat lesser transition (G550 -> 9600), and found the ATI
card better in all regards (2d as well as 3d). FWIW, I have a 19" Samsung
display that I run in 1360x1024 on WinXP and 1400x1050 on Linux. Perhaps
Matrox's newer cards are better ... .

Doug
 
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Dan Wojciechowski

dhs said:
I made a somewhat lesser transition (G550 -> 9600), and found the ATI
card better in all regards (2d as well as 3d). FWIW, I have a 19" Samsung
display that I run in 1360x1024 on WinXP and 1400x1050 on Linux. Perhaps
Matrox's newer cards are better ... .
....

Actually, I think you made the greater, rather than lesser transition. }:)
If I remember correctly, the x300SE is roughly like an ATI 9200, which
is considerably slower at 3D stuff than your ATI 9600.


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Out of the corner of my eye. / I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now / The child is grown,
The dream is gone. / I have become comfortably numb."
 
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