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Going from 8800 GTS 320 (G82) to 8800 GT 512 (G92)

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I've had my GTS for only a few months and I've always had this funky feeling that I'm not getting as much performance as I would expect when playing games, because I'm always like border line when trying to max out games i.e. Mass Effect, WIC, and COH.

SO... I decided to make a 50 buck upgrade and snag a GT off eBay. Now my question is how much performance am I going to see? I run all of my games at a 1680x1050 res. The biggest reason I wanted to upgrade because people always tell me 320mb just isn't enough when running games at my resolution.

My goal is to be able to play those 3 games at 35+ FPS on Maxed out setting.
    
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The main upgrade in the scenario you describe comes from the increase in RAM. In gaming scenarios where you actually need >320MB (fairly common in newer games @high settings, 1680 and above) of vram, you'll find the increase in the smoothness of play to be substantial.

If you are not exceeding the 320MB buffer size, the difference will be less pronounced and mostly dependent on the clock speed and shader efficiency differences between the cards. A bone-stock 320MB 8800GTS vs. a superclocked 8800GT would show a pretty pronounced difference due to this, but the top overclocks on both cards are not terribly different from one another, so, the main difference would come down to the shader efficiency, which is about 10% better on the G92.

Overall, across all games and resolutions (and depending on clock speeds), a 20-25% average improvement in FPS is probably about right, but there will be scenarios where a 512GT could hit +30-40% performance over a 320.
    
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It is a good upgrade. You may find some numebrs from here.
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I have just upgraded from a XFX 8800gts 320mb to a EVGA 8800gt Superclocked. I can give some numbers tomorrow if you like when the card arrives. I hope step up works properly as well.
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It is a good upgrade. You may find some numebrs from here.
Awesome, thats just what I was looking for. Thankz
    
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I've got one last question. I'm looking at the temp tests for the 8800 GT and they reach up to 90C under stress! Do the newer models have better cooling?
    
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Those 8800GTs with stock fan do that. Try to adjust your fan speed to see how it works.
Edited by linskingdom - 6/12/08 at 5:10pm
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