This is the basic video card that comes in a Dell XPS 410, i want to know basically what games it will play with good frames. I googled it and found almost no results (which makes me think it sucks). Will it play F.E.A.R.,BF2,and HL2? Thanks BTW: I Know its a n00by question, but someones got to be the n00b around here :p
The three games you mentioned are... well, fairly older, I suppose, but nevertheless, the 8300 GS will run them smooth. How smooth, I'm not sure; the 128 MB on the card (low number) is kinda shabby, though. Now-a-days, 512 MB GDDR3 on a video card is becoming the standard.
Deimos;3857696The three games you mentioned are... well, fairly older, I suppose, but nevertheless, the 8300 GS will run them smooth. How smooth, I'm not sure; the 128 MB on the card (low number) is kinda shabby, though. Now-a-days, 512 MB GDDR3 on a video card is becoming the standard.
ouch 128 mb?? hmmm, okay i will definately HAVE to upgrade right away. I was asking this becasue after i get my pc, i was wondering how long i could wait to upgrade. i guess itll be sooner than i thought. Thanks
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I disagree with 512 mb' of GDDR3 being standard. 256 mb's is still the prevailing number for most cards, as the higher end cards with more memory will only appeal to the more dedicated gamer with the money to buy them. Anyway, I'm sure that card will play those games fine on medium-low settings, and maybe some on high. You may want to consider a card with more memory though. (8400, 8500, or 8600 series if you're sticking with nVidia)
Going from 8300 to a 8400 or 8500 probably wont give you a big boost. I'd say at the least go with a 8600GT. Or if you want some real power a Sapphire X1950XT
128MB isn't that bad.. I mean.. you still can play LOT of games at Medium / high setting.. I will personally wait 1 year and maybe more before getting 256 or 512.. with 128MB (not 8300) I can play BattleField 2 at Medium/High settings without any kind of lag.
Just my .02c...
Get a better card even if you have to save for it. A Nvidia 8500GT series or a ATI 2600PRO series. The 8500GT can be found online for under $80 and the 2600PRO can be found online for under $90
Do not buy anything less than 128 bit data path.
At that price range its going to be hard to avoid DDR2 RAM. If you can get DDR3 RAM its faster and will boost performance.
SteVen;3857783Going from 8300 to a 8400 or 8500 probably wont give you a big boost. I'd say at the least go with a 8600GT. Or if you want some real power a Sapphire X1950XT
We are talking not only faster core but a boost from 64 bit data path to 128bit data path. There will be a noticeable improvement in performance just from doubling the datapath and reducing bottlenecks.
Nvidia IMHO seems to have a habit of taking a low end card, revamping it a bit with some code tweaks and releasing it as a new card.
The GF2MX400 was replaced by the MX4000, that by the 5200FX, that by the 6100, that by the 7300, and now the 8300. IMHO, and I realize its a bit more complicated than that, Nvidia is relying on faster memory and reduced die process to crank the speed up
The GFX2-MX400 I had was clocked at 200MHz core and used 64 bit 166MHz DDR RAM.
The 5200FX gets a 250MHz core, 64 bit data path, and 400MHz DDR memory
The 6200 gets 350MHz core, 64 bit data path, and 128MB of 400MHz DDR memory
The 7300GS gets a 550MHz core, 64 bit data path, 128MB or 256MB of 533MHz DDR2 memory.
IIRC til this point all have had 400MHz RAMDAC and 4 pixel pipelines
The 8400GS has a 450MHz core, a 64 bit data path, and 128MB or 256MB of 800MHz DDR2 ram.
The 8400GS also has a 400MHz RAMDAC but it has 8 stream processes.
Oh yeah, i forgot to mention, the LEAST i will settle for is the 8600GT. I will probably get the 8600GTS, then in a year or two, after the prices of the 8800's go down, switch to one of those. Thanks to all who replied
OK much simpler.
Yeah personally i would stear well clear of anything below an 8600 series. They will be inherently for low end machines and media centres and poor for games. Pants, save your money.