SpielerVier Mar 8 @ 8:19am
What is the best gfx card to work with win xp?
Hi, I want to upgrade AMD HD 6600 in gaming desktop pc to something better.
As Im a windows xp fanboy I want it to work in xp, :-)
Any tips ?
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TeKraken Mar 8 @ 8:23am 
Budget?
UberFiend (Banned) Mar 8 @ 8:24am 
General rule of thumb - get the most/biggest you can afford.

Try to aim for minimum 660 or 270/7870.
SpielerVier Mar 8 @ 8:33am 
thx for suggeston
Budget dosent matter. I aim for the newest and best possibility
The reason I ask is because im not sure that all new gfxcards have xp driver support

Have been looking at a ASUS GeForce GTX660 DCII-O, but im not sure if it works under windos xp
Bad-Motha Mar 8 @ 8:42am 
They still update the Drivers for newer GPUs even for WinXP.
However you will just lack certain options due to XP not having support for things like DirectX 10/11

Just as a reference, here are the latest XP 32-bit GPU Drivers available for...

AMD Radeon HD / R-series Desktop GPUs
http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Windows+XP+-+Professional/Home

NVIDIA GeForce / GTX Desktop GPUs
http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/73214
SpielerVier Mar 8 @ 9:13am 
ok THANKS for links
Catalyst 13.12 -- strange that xp support is not listed in release notes

The games I play mostly support directx 9.c which I think run better on win xp than win 7 platform
Azza ☠ Mar 8 @ 10:18am 
I recommend the Nvidia GTX 680 to run at optimal resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p) - if not going for higher resolution. You might be able to get a 2nd hand one for cheap if someone is simply upgrading it. Also, it depends on what your PSU (Power Supply Unit) can support. However, you will seriously get a huge performance boost. The GTX 7xx series will only show better performance at higher resolutions, you might not even need it.
Rumpelcrutchskin Mar 8 @ 1:26pm 
Check your power supply, if you have 400W or smaller then best you can do without replacing the power supply is GTX 750 Ti.
Bad-Motha Mar 8 @ 5:25pm 
Originally posted by SpielerVier:
ok THANKS for links
Catalyst 13.12 -- strange that xp support is not listed in release notes

The games I play mostly support directx 9.c which I think run better on win xp than win 7 platform

Because they don't do that officially much anymore, no reason to due to XP end of Support.

However it speaks about "Windows" "32bit" and that would pertain to users who have XP, Vista, Win7 that is 32bit version.

I really don't see why u want a later gen GPU upgrade when u are using XP still. As games can be quite lacking with only an OS that has support for up to 4GB RAM. This is why an OS like Win7/Win8 was pushed upon so much, due to need for 64bit OS' to allow support for RAM beyond 4GB limits.

So while u can still use XP, you are limited to 4GB total RAM, and you are also missing out on DX10/11. Not to mention XP is expired (officially ends April 2014) and Microsoft will no longer make updates for it.


Aside from that I would suggest something like GTX 750 Ti, it uses half the power consumption of former gen (GTX 650/660 series) and still packs more performance. You only need approx 70-80W for 750/750Ti, so a quality 400W PSU should be plenty.
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Azza ☠ Mar 8 @ 9:16pm 
^ Don't lie for Microsoft...

Windows XP x64 is clearly 64 bit capable, but just capped to 128 GB of physical memory and 16 terabytes of virtual memory. Let me know if you go over that limit?

DirectX 10 can also be hacked into WinXP unoffically.

Microsofts just forcing people to upgrade for a profit and it costs to have on going support for older software. Yes, gaming still runs faster on XP than the others and uses less resources, specially for older pc specs.
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Bad-Motha Mar 8 @ 9:27pm 
Not very many people have WinXP x64 though; just saying. Yes by what all you are stating Azza, u are correct. But again 99% of XP users have a 32bit version.
SpielerVier Mar 9 @ 5:57am 
many thanks for suggestions

I have dualboot win xp 32bit & win 7 64bit on my gaming pc. I play new games on win 7 and elder on win xp. Xp is for gaming only ( cloned backup in case of internet sequirity lag :-)
and its is much more snappy than win 7 or 8 , because of less handles & processes + better 2d performance than newer windows os. When using windows xp it feels like less system lag & internet lag

The 4gb ram limit in xp 32bit, some people might find way to low, but I dont think I have ever played a game yet in xp that uses more than 3gb of ram :-)

Power Suply is 600W, I will look at a gtx 750 maybe :- )
Rumpelcrutchskin Mar 9 @ 8:34am 
You can turn Aero desktop off in Windows 7 and use Classic instead, it will take lot less resources that way if you are conscerned about performance.
I had really never any trouble running older games in Win 7, it's one of the best Windows versions ever released. Also Microsoft will cancel the XP support soon anyway.
With 600W PSU you can run pretty much any single graphics card out there.
UberFiend (Banned) Mar 9 @ 9:50am 
Have you ever entered "bcdedit /set increaseuserva 3072" in the Run command line? (on XP)
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184 Days To Go (Banned) Mar 9 @ 2:57pm 
As of right now every GPU will work with Windows XP as even today NVIDIA and AMD are still releasing drivers for Windows XP.
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