Bare minimum card for windows 8

Stoly

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What's the bare minimum card that supports windows 8?
 

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Intel GMA 950 is probably the oldest and slowest graphics that works on windows 8. I think it will require you to use windows 7 drivers, but they should work fine.

The Nvidia 6000 series appears to be the slowest/oldest NVidia cards that support window 8

AMD's HD2000 series appears to be the oldest card they have the support windows 8.
 

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To add to what Sworkhard said, if you're just wondering about MODERN integrated graphics, every single integrated graphics card you can buy new today will run Windows 8.
 

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Sorry I wasn't clear. I was asking about video cards, not integrated graphics.

I have an old A64 3000+, it had a geforce 6800GT (RIP) and it ran windows 7 quite well. I'm looking for a replacement card so I can install windows 8.
 

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Sorry I wasn't clear. I was asking about video cards, not integrated graphics.

I have an old A64 3000+, it had a geforce 6800GT (RIP) and it ran windows 7 quite well. I'm looking for a replacement card so I can install windows 8.

Honestly just grab the cheapest discrete card you can find. Anything from the last 3 generations or so should have no compatibility issues.
 

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Make sure you find something that has a driver for Windows 8.

Or just get one of those $10 - $20 GeForce 210s.
 
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Don't use Windows 8, use a real OS Windows 7 :p

Windows 8 = Vista and ME, sure there are people trying to justify there purchase as in the past with Vista, but we all know it sucks and history will be the judge :)
 

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Don't use Windows 8, use a real OS Windows 7 :p

Windows 8 = Vista and ME, sure there are people trying to justify there purchase as in the past with Vista, but we all know it sucks and history will be the judge :)

Actually I'm starting to like Windows 8, I don't think its comparable to vista much less Me
 
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Windows 8 + Classic shell = Windows 7 interface with a better task manager, native .iso support, and better data transfer information.

I love windows 7 but I love all the apps that comes along with 8. Netflix, Bing Weather, Newegg and Amazon, Daily show just to name a few.
 
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Sorry I wasn't clear. I was asking about video cards, not integrated graphics.

I have an old A64 3000+, it had a geforce 6800GT (RIP) and it ran windows 7 quite well. I'm looking for a replacement card so I can install windows 8.

Was your 6800GT an AGP card or pci-e? what slot do you have?
 

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If you go with a HD2000 note that it won't support anything more than WDDM 1.1. 1.2 support which was introduced in 8 requires a HD5000 or better. Nvidia's WDDM 1.2 support goes from Geforce 6000 series and above I believe.
 

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Windows 8 + Classic shell = Windows 7 interface with a better task manager, native .iso support, and better data transfer information.

I love windows 7 but I love all the apps that comes along with 8. Netflix, Bing Weather, Newegg and Amazon, Daily show just to name a few.

Yeah too much Windows 8 hate. Yes, the Metro interface is SO DIFFERENT from the traditional Windows OS, but if it bothers you, slap on Classic Shell Start Menu, and you basically never have to see it.

I run Windows 8 on my gaming desktop with Classic Shell and have to go into the Metro UI pretty much never. Sure they could make improvements. Of course! But I've never seen a "perfect" OS, not even the holy grail Windows 7. Yeah it'd be nice to have a built-in option to enable the start menu, but it's literally not a big deal at all, and learning Metro UI is a good thing because we are likely to see more of it as Touch Screens are offered in more and more devices.

Back to the OP:
If you're stuck with AGP, you'll of course have less selection. Buying new is likely not an option, as current AGP cards will be sold at a premium price because of their rarity ($52 for a GeForce 6200 LE AGP - Which is a total rip compared to for example the nVidia 610 for like $30).

As for Windows 8 support, anything from the nvidia 6xxx generation (Such as your 6800, or the 6200 LE) or newer should have no issues. Search ebay, kijiji, craigslist, or even the FS thread here. I wouldn't spend much money though. Even $50 seems like a ripoff for something that old and slow.
 

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If you start pushing above the $50 range you might as well just buy the cheapest FM2 motherboard and A-Series APU you can find along with 4 GB of RAM. Shouldn't run you more than $100 total if a bundle is available and would upgrade your whole system rather than just getting a new video card. If no bundles/sales are running it will probably run closer to $120. If you can't do $120 you can step back to FM1 not on sale and still hit $100 for a new APU/mobo/4GB RAM, all of which will be faster than the Athlon 64 3000+
 

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Don't use Windows 8, use a real OS Windows 7 :p

Windows 8 = Vista and ME, sure there are people trying to justify there purchase as in the past with Vista, but we all know it sucks and history will be the judge :)

I dislike Windows 8 interface, but it is NOTHING like Vista or Me... It's one thing not to like it, it's another to not know what you're talking about.
 

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With AMD you can use as old as HD2000 series using the "current" legacy drivers:
Note that this is a WDDM 1.1 driver, while Windows 8 uses WDDM 1.2, but WDDM is designed to be forward and backward compatible.
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/legacy/Pages/legacy-radeonaiw-vista64.aspx

With DX9 AMD cards, You can use the Vista64 driver, last updated February 2010:
Note that this is a WDDM 1.0 driver, while Windows 8 uses WDDM 1.2, but WDDM is designed to be forward and backward compatible.
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...px?type=2.4.1&product=2.4.1.3.13&lang=English

Nvidia cards as old as the 6800 series are still supported with current drivers, though support is being dropped for DX9 cards starting with the 310 driver series:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/win8-win7-winvista-64bit-307.74-whql-driver.html

For Nvidia, anything older than 6800 series and you're pretty much up a creek. There is an ancient driver that was released for Vista64 way back in 2006. I have successfully used this driver for older cards in Windows 7 before. There is a chance it might also work with Windows 8.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_96.85_2.html
 

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With AMD you can use as old as HD2000 series using the "current" legacy drivers:
Note that this is a WDDM 1.1 driver, while Windows 8 uses WDDM 1.2, but WDDM is designed to be forward and backward compatible.
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/legacy/Pages/legacy-radeonaiw-vista64.aspx

With DX9 AMD cards, You can use the Vista64 driver, last updated February 2010:
Note that this is a WDDM 1.0 driver, while Windows 8 uses WDDM 1.2, but WDDM is designed to be forward and backward compatible.
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...px?type=2.4.1&product=2.4.1.3.13&lang=English

Nvidia cards as old as the 6800 series are still supported with current drivers, though support is being dropped for DX9 cards starting with the 310 driver series:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/win8-win7-winvista-64bit-307.74-whql-driver.html

For Nvidia, anything older than 6800 series and you're pretty much up a creek. There is an ancient driver that was released for Vista64 way back in 2006. I have successfully used this driver for older cards in Windows 7 before. There is a chance it might also work with Windows 8.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_96.85_2.html

Tnx I guess I'll try to get another 6800, or maybe a 6600 depending on price.
 

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AMD no longers supports 4000 series or older in windows 8. ( older cards do work, its just they use a generic windows driver)

So if you go AMD you want like a 5450+

Intel has windows 8 drivers for anything relevant

Nvidia unified driver pretty much supports everything relevant as well.
 

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I've got a 4850 in a Win8 box. No issues at all. Windows runs fine as do games.
 

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The earlier version of the Windows 8 legacy driver (12.something iirc) had stability issues on my Radoen 3850. I've reinstalled windows recently when I got a new mSATA SSD and I'm still running the default windows driver which works fine (but won't run games). I've downloaded 13.1, but have yet to install it as I haven't done any gaming yet. So I have yet to see if 13.1 resolves the stability issues.
 

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On the NVidia side the 7900 GT and 7950 GT were the last AGP cards I believe. You could also try a Radeon 5450 PCI I suppose. The 5450 is a full DirectX 11 card rather than DX9 like the 6000/7000 series NVidia cards.
 
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