Need Recommendations for Video Adapter for 3D GRaphics - Google MAps

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Mike, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Hi, at work we have mainly Dell GX-270 and Dell GX-280 PCs w. 512MB RAM and
    using on motherboard graphics adapter (shared memory) . At times, the PCs
    need to display 3D graphics such as Google Earth. Displaying 3D graphics
    using the onboard video display is much less than satisfactory - video
    display stalls and is choppy.. My personal 4 y/o Dell 8200 w/ 512MB DRAM and
    nvida gforce 2 32MB PCI video adapter displays Google Maps better than the
    GX-270 or GX-280 PCs using on board video Looking for recommendations for
    good add in video adapters that won't break the bank. (Google maps not
    compatible with ATI Rage Mobility, ATI Xpert, ATI 3D Rage.) Don't need high
    end gaming video adapters.

    Mike, Nov 12, 2005
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  2. Mike

    Jerry Guest

    The 22 Nov issue of "PC Magazine" has an article on Google Earth and they
    say you need 3D graphics with 16Mb of VRAM for best viewing. I'd use those
    spec's as a place to start looking.
    Jerry, Nov 12, 2005
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  3. Mike


    Before you buy any cards. you need to be absolutely clear that it will
    be compatible with your system. To do this I suggest scan your system
    using Crucial's scanner from here:

    You will also get recommendations there. You don't have to buy from
    them. Just the make & model and search for the best deals online.

    ANONYMOUS, Nov 12, 2005
  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Just used > Cool.
    Then it directed to a list of compatible crucial Radeon video adapters. Are
    OEM ATI Radeon video adapters?

    Mike, Nov 12, 2005
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Good point. My four y/o Dell 8200 w/ 512MB RDRAM & 32MB OEM nvida pci video
    adapter w/ latest driver
    does a much better job running Google Maps than the much newer pcs at work.

    Mike, Nov 12, 2005
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    Plato Guest

    Plato, Nov 12, 2005
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