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Windows 7: What after a 8800GT?

23 Mar 2010   #1
Swimaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
What after a 8800GT?

Hello everybody,

Even though I am pretty glad of my GPU I just cannot continue to think that I have any chance to run all the new games that are becoming available with a 2 and half years old 8800GT, don't you agree?
Today I manage to run Crysis and Battlefield in high/ultra high and get between 20 and 40fps (avg = ~28fps). Although AvP runs as well and almost every games I have which are not old at all (85C is not dangerous for a graphic card, forget what you have learned since today). But (there's always a 'but') good times is finished and Metro2033 has just killed my poor video card with a headshot saying "I got you this time!" ... It made me come to the conclusion that I had to change the GPU as quickly as possible.

(end of the introduction)

Now I will do it in speed mode:

PSU: only 450W (but quality hardware), don't want to change if possible
Usefulness: no hardcore gaming, just amusement and to make ALL the newest softs running with at least 30fps.
Money: that's the main problem in fact... The student standard of living is pretty low, every-one knows it! < 150 (~210$ I think).

Heard about 5770, 5850 (!), 5870 (!) and GTX260, 275 (!), 280 (!) also read many threads (included on this forum) but I would like to find THE agreement between price and quality.
Wheither O/C is possible to get better performance I say +1000 (it's always a pleasure for me ^^).
Dx10 ~ Dx11, just don't care of a ridiculous difference in the 2541th pixel 150m behind me (joke inside).
I can barely wait but if you tell me that Nvidia is gonna release the best middle-end card ever for 150 in 3 months I say YES!

That's all folks! A big thanks to any helper


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23 Mar 2010   #2
ThePizzaMan

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

hm... you could either shoot for ati or wait for nvidia
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23 Mar 2010   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

You could probably go for a 250, they are down to like 100 or so I believe.
I just bought a 260GTX for 200 and am quite happy with it.

The 5770 would be a solid card, providing their drivers work.

~Lordbob
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24 Mar 2010   #4
Swimaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The problem with the 5770 is that it is a 128 bits video card whereas my 8800GT is a 256 bits, so what's wrong with it?
Also heard that the GT240 is a simple 8800GT O/C so I fear the GTS250, which is its little son, won't worth the cost (120 in France) in 6 months because of all the new games based on the Metro2033 graphic engine, cryengine 2.5/3.0, etc.
So these two GPU are the only ones I can get for that price, aren't they?
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24 Mar 2010   #5
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I'm running the 8800GT on the PC I'm posting with right now [check my specs]. I've never had a single issue with it. Are you sure you have the most recent drivers? Mine are Feb, 2010.
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24 Mar 2010   #6
Swimaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As I said I have strictly no problem with it but to be skeptical about the future performance.
Of course I have always the latest drivers for my GPU (Win7 installs it by its own).

You just cannot tell me that you manage to run Crysis with all effects enabled in ultra high at an average of 40 or even 30fps with your 8800GT, if so I eat my hat!
What I mean is that today there is no chance for us to run correctly the newest games, that's for sure.

The question is: what after? The answer is far from being obvious, should I wait and see the Dx11 Nvidia next GPU or purchase tomorrow a 5770 or GTS250? It is kind of a 'cornellian problematic' isn't it?
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24 Mar 2010   #7
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swimaf View Post
Of course I have always the latest drivers for my GPU (Win7 installs it by its own).
I get mine from NVIDIA automatic update, not Microsoft. It includes chipset drivers, and the whole 9 yards.

As for the future, that's up to you.
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24 Mar 2010   #8
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

These threads always get crazy but for 200.00 US the gtx 260 isn't a bad choice. Although not future proof. fabe
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24 Mar 2010   #9
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swimaf View Post
As I said I have strictly no problem with it but to be skeptical about the future performance.
Of course I have always the latest drivers for my GPU (Win7 installs it by its own).

You just cannot tell me that you manage to run Crysis with all effects enabled in ultra high at an average of 40 or even 30fps with your 8800GT, if so I eat my hat!
What I mean is that today there is no chance for us to run correctly the newest games, that's for sure.

The question is: what after? The answer is far from being obvious, should I wait and see the Dx11 Nvidia next GPU or purchase tomorrow a 5770 or GTS250? It is kind of a 'cornellian problematic' isn't it?
Crysis and GTA IV brings every card to their knees. There still isn't a card out there that can comfortably run the said two maxed out.

According to these bench results no card gets 40 fps.

Even multi GPUs stuggle.

Benches
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24 Mar 2010   #10
Swimaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
These threads always get crazy but for 200.00 US the gtx 260 isn't a bad choice. Although not future proof. fabe
Anyone to purchase a GTX260 (+ a 8000W PSU btw) in the USA and send it to me by plane?
In France the average price of a GTX260 is closer to 200€ than 150€, moreover looks like this GPU has to be very very well built in order to run at a 'normal' heat level when in overload mode, that means adding a good fan or buy a too much expensive version of it which, in any case, won't work with a 450W PSU.

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Crysis and GTA IV brings every card to their knees. There still isn't a card out there that can comfortably run the said two maxed out.

According to these bench results no card gets 40 fps.

Even multi GPUs stuggle.

Benches
I am quite shocked of what I have seen through this link, please give me a minute Without any AA do these cards multiply by 2 the number of FPS? If they don't I keep my 8800GT for the rest of my life!
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