Originally Posted by Highly-Annoyed
I'm not really sure that extending video card support to older cards is really all that worthwhile... I run my X800Pro (12 pipes) @ 550/560 with AA @ 2x and even using the oblivion.ini tweaks and lowering in-game graphics settings I still only get an average of about 35FPS outside and 85FPS inside. My averages may sound OK, but the reality is, that whilst I may, sometimes, get 130+FPS inside, I can also, sometimes, get as low as 13FPS outside, or in close combat situations where there are 3 or more combatants.
My X800Pro at stock is about 60% better than my old 9800Pro was and at 550/560, its about 110% (more than twice as good) as my old 9800Pro... If I get an average of 60FPS for the whole game, then it would be reasonable to say, that with a similar system and settings, a 9800Pro would get about 29FPS as a total average. A 9200 isn't even half as good as a 9800Pro, so using a 9200 and this "Oldblivion" software/patch, you might be able to get, with a similar system and settings, somewhere in the region of a total game average 11FPS or so... Even if you o/c a 9200 to its max stable, lower all the in-game Oblivion settings and play at 800x600 resolution with no AA/AF, you can't hope for more than, maybe, 22FPS as a total game average... This will probably mean that you will get a half-decent (maybe 40) FPS number inside some buildings, but outside, even with tweaks, your FPS on a 9200 would be appallingly low and make the game virtually unplayable...
I would guess the older video cards are not supported for a very good reason; they cant handle the game's graphics whilst providing an enjoyable gaming experience. Its a nice idea to open up the game to people with older graphics cards, but in practise its just pointless... At best you can hope for relatively low FPS in-game and even if you can get an average FPS of 30 or so, the game will look so graphically poor, it really wont be worth it. A lot of what Oblvion is all about is tied up in its look and feel, which are almost totally dependant upon a half decent graphics card. Honestly, when I see screen shots of how good Oblivion looks on a X1900XTX, it makes my X800Pro's efforts look shabby - a 9200 would look ridiculous.
The screen-shots supplied by "Oldblivion" are not truly indicative of how the game will run on older cards, as, although they may look OK, they do not show the FPS. There's no point having the graphics look OK, if you have to play the game in jumpy slow motion...
If you want to play Oblivion, but don't have the hardware for it, you'll have to bite-the-bullet and make the upgrade to better hardware. That, or get an xbox 360, which ever is cheaper, or suits your needs best.
Even of there is a reason for the hardware not being supported such as the above lower end cards it is becaseu they cant handle the graphics and textures aswel as the new card..But this new driver released will tone things down for this game to run pretty decent on an old card.