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Windows 7: GPU performance

13 May 2009   #1
Neverless

Windows XP SP2
 
 
GPU performance

Is there a soft or something that could show me what's the difference of performance for a system with a GeForce 8600GT Bliss , 256 MB and with a 8800 GT , 512MB?


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13 May 2009   #2
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

You would get at least double the performance with a 8800GT compared to a 8600GT.

Have a look at this chart for some detailed info.

Charts, benchmarks Gaming Graphics Charts Q1/2008, 3DMark06 (v1.0.2) HDR/SM3.0 Score
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13 May 2009   #3
Neverless

Windows XP SP2
 
 

So the windows (7) would perform a lot better?
I mean is there a limitation in the OS performance due to the graphic card characteristics?

Or just that u need to have a minimum memory on the graphic card, and with it's characteristics the OS performance grows, but not as noticeable as the 3DM points out ?
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13 May 2009   #4
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

8800gt has about 90% performance increase over 8600gt. You will only notice the difference though if play games. On the 8800gt you will be able to crank most games up to maximum eye candy effects and still have a good frame rate. With the 8600gt you will be hovering around low to medium settings and still get a poorer frame rate.

Of course though like I said you will not notice the difference when you are just browsing the web or doing something in office, word etc etc.

You would also notice the difference if you photo or video edit as well.

All in all it is by far a more superior card.
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13 May 2009   #5
Neverless

Windows XP SP2
 
 

Photo, video editing, an oracle server let's say, or something that uses a rather big database, using a soft for a big java or php project, those things i was interested in.

I got the point, thanks all for the infos.
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13 May 2009   #6
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Photo and video editing is thumbs up, you would notice the difference.
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19 May 2009   #7
Firestrider

Linux (Debian, Android)
 
 

You would see a bigger improvement with a faster multi-core processor and more memory if you are running those applications. Video/photo editing is still largely affected by the CPU and you won't see much benefit in going with a 8800GT over a 8600GT.
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22 May 2009   #8
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Neverless View Post
Is there a soft or something that could show me what's the difference of performance for a system with a GeForce 8600GT Bliss , 256 MB and with a 8800 GT , 512MB?
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There are performance charts on review sites like Anandtech.com, but these mostly focus on game performance since games are what push video cards the hardest. However, I believe a strong card makes a significant, if less obvious difference in OS generally. I first used a 6600 GT 128meg card in Vista, then moved to a 9600 GT 512meg card and saw a big jump in the Windows Experience Index scores. The GUI was noticeably more responsive with the 9600 GT. Demands on the video card will only increase over time and a stronger card is going to provide a better experience and last longer. I say get the stronger card unless cost is the overiding concern.
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