The GeForce 6 series has wasted no time moving from the initial high-end 6800 Ultra down to price points mere mortals can afford. The cheapest solution is the GeForce 6200, which comes it two distinct flavors. The first is a normal graphics card, with 128 or 256MB of on-board graphics memory. The 128MB version goes for about $110. For those that need to save even more money, the 6200 comes in a version that incorporates a new technology called “TurboCache,” which marries a small 16 or 32MB local frame buffer with main system RAM to operate like a 128MB card, albeit more slowly. These cards cost about $70.
Why would ExtremeTech bother taking a look at these inexpensive cards? Don’t our readers—generally very savvy do-it-yourself types—look for graphics cards with a little more oomph? Certainly we think that’s the case, but we know you don’t always have an unlimited budget to play with. Maybe you’re building or buying a computer for your parents, or a toddler. Perhaps your spouse isn’t very much into games, but would like a machine of her own to surf the web and check email (with perhaps a little Sims 2 on the side). You want to avoid integrated graphics, but you’re working on a budget. That’s where the GeForce 6200 comes in. Continued…
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