Simple question I’m sure: I’m looking to develop for the low budget hardware market to ensure performance and compatibility for my applications. I’ve been looking around the NVIDIA and ATI/AMD sites but I’m not absolutely sure what to get.
Basically I will purchase a low budget card from both companies to ensure that the applications will work regardless of the adapter.
The criteria will be support for Shader Model 2 (minimum), PCI-Express interface, and minimal support for the OpenGL API version 2.0. Any suggestions will be appreciated and I’m looking at a two year development scenario (an estimated minimum).
Cards in consideration:
- NVIDIA GeForce 8500 series (~ $50-$80)
- Not too sure about ATI but should be in the sub-$100 range and comparable/competing with the NVIDIA card.
No decisions made yet.
Thanks in advance.