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So, I was told mixed opinions about the graphics card I had just gotten (in my sig) and it ranged from anywhere to it'll be a decent card for what I need to it's crap for games. Well this is an update from the video card...I guess maybe in a way a little mini-review, just to provide some stats.

So for CS:S w/ my x800xl, I was getting around 30-40 fps, which is playable, but some maps were cutting down to about 10-15 fps, which is not playable. With my new Pre-OC'ed 8600 GT, I'm averaging anywhere from 60-100 fps, and I've only seen it go to 28 at the lowest on a map that I don't play often. (Ran on full settings at max res for monitor:1280x1024)

For CoD4, my x800 had to run on either 800x600, or if my video card was being good that day, I could manage 1024x768, but I was only getting 50 fps at most and averaging about 25-35. With my new card, I run it at full res (1280x1024) and most settings are either high or normal, with a few being low, and I average at least 60-80 fps now, with 35 being the lowest I've seen yet. IMO, Call of Duty 4 is 10x better when you aren't getting any lag.

Sorry it was long for a rather non-important topic, but I thought it might help as well as prove to some it's a pretty decent card.

Pez
 
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I have this card and it is OK for games but it really shines if you are doing simple graphics and running high resolutions.
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Yeah, I can tell...little things like running aero on vista, you can tell it's good performance on this one. I had a movie running and activated the 3D Flip and was able to still watch the movie playing and see the conversation I was having on Windows Live Messenger. It's awesome, I guess the only think I really need now is a dual core processor.

I'd also like to add: I pulled up CoD2 after not playing it in a while, and I set everything on max and max res. and it was still pulling off an average of 90 fps. This card keeps amazing me.
Edited by pez - 6/10/08 at 9:56pm
 
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Originally Posted by pez View Post
So, I was told mixed opinions about the graphics card I had just gotten (in my sig) and it ranged from anywhere to it'll be a decent card for what I need to it's crap for games. Well this is an update from the video card...I guess maybe in a way a little mini-review, just to provide some stats.

So for CS:S w/ my x800xl, I was getting around 30-40 fps, which is playable, but some maps were cutting down to about 10-15 fps, which is not playable. With my new Pre-OC'ed 8600 GT, I'm averaging anywhere from 60-100 fps, and I've only seen it go to 28 at the lowest on a map that I don't play often. (Ran on full settings at max res for monitor:1280x1024)

For CoD4, my x800 had to run on either 800x600, or if my video card was being good that day, I could manage 1024x768, but I was only getting 50 fps at most and averaging about 25-35. With my new card, I run it at full res (1280x1024) and most settings are either high or normal, with a few being low, and I average at least 60-80 fps now, with 35 being the lowest I've seen yet. IMO, Call of Duty 4 is 10x better when you aren't getting any lag.

Sorry it was long for a rather non-important topic, but I thought it might help as well as prove to some it's a pretty decent card.

Pez

When some pc gaming enthusiasts say that its crap, they usually mean that it can't play the latest game (minus Crysis) at everything maxed at a high resolution and so on. 8600GT is normal I would say, it managed playable frames at decent settings.
    
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Yeah, I actually think Crysis would be playable on this card at 1024x768, but my processor is what's making it lag badly. Actually it doesn't really lag bad at all, but the sound is really glitchy and it just cuts in and out, very annoying. Is this something that has to do w/ the demo?
 
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that motherboard is SLI supported?

add a second one and games like COD4 will play even better.
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Yeah, it's really not that bad of a motherboard, but the only downfall is I can't find any overclocking settings to save my life, so if I could overclock my processor, it would be very nice.
 
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