View Full Version : Video Card for 8.5 and 9.0

11-16-2005, 12:36 PM
I am currently running LW on 2 computers with the following video cards. ATI 9000 PRO DDR x86/SSE2, 128MB ram, OGL 1.3.1011 (WinXP Release) and a nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4800/AGP/SSE2, 128 MB ram, OGL 1.5.4.

My question is, will these be adequate for LW 8.5, 9.0 and beyond, or should I upgrade to more recent cards.

If I upgrade, which cards will give me the best bang for my buck. I can probably go up to $200 for each card but need some experienced input on which would be the best.


11-16-2005, 02:39 PM
I'm using an XFX GeForce 6600 with 256Mb in a dual monitor configuration. It's a PCI-e type that I bought at Tigerdirect for less than $200. Upgraded to the latest nvidia drivers with Open GL 2.0. So far it's worked flawlessly in a dual boot computer using both XP64 and Win2000. I'm using LW8.5(32) in both partitions and LW8.5(64) in XP64. Don't know about the 2 cards you mention but you should be able to find something within your budget. Hope this helps.

11-16-2005, 03:02 PM
The nvidia 6800 series is the fastest card you could get for AGP at the moment as far as I know.
I had a 4600TI 128MB agp card and stepped up to a 6800GT OC 256MB agp card and have been very pleased.
I tried the 6200s and 6600s as well. All seemed to work well with Lightwave's new OpenGL2 requirements. If you buy a 6200 series card,.. make sure it has built in ram and not shared ram. Avoid the low ram versions ( less than 128 MB ). The BFG brand cards are nice and tend to be a bit faster as well.

11-16-2005, 03:36 PM
Thanks dgon64 and nemac4. I will look at the nVidia 6200 through 6600 series cards.


11-16-2005, 09:49 PM
Same here! Thanks for the insight and info.