Dan's data heeft een review van de Jaton Video-107AGP 3D videokaart. Het is een middenklasser met de Trident Blade 3D 9880. Als je je een beetje hebt verdiept in de computergeschiedenis weet je dat Trident vroeger eigenlijk alleen maar langzame baggerkaarten gemaakt heeft. Is dat nu weer het geval? Lees hier een stukje
The mid-range graphics card is an endangered species. Once upon a time (like, for example, about a year ago...), there were low-end cards that were fine for basic office stuff on a smallish monitor, and there were super-powered cards that supported outrageous resolutions and did fast 3D as well, and there were mid-range cards that could play a game or two and drive a good-sized monitor, but didn't cost the hundreds and hundreds of dollars (Australian; U.S. readers substitute "fifties and fifties of dollars") that you needed to play with the big boys.
This middle category is blurring badly into the upper one, though. For instance, 8Mb TNT cards are on sale now for well under $200 Australian. The plain TNT is the nVidia graphics chipset that came before the current TNT-2. It powers, for instance, the Diamond Viper V550 I review here. The original TNT is basically the same as TNT-2, only slower. It's capable of playing all current 3D games at more than acceptable speed and resolution (Quake 2 is smooth as silk in 1024 by 768, 16 bit colour, on a plain TNT driven by any better-than-400MHz processor), and it'll continue to give a good account of itself as software demands rise.
En lees hier hoe het afloopt.