Is My Video Card Bottlenecking 8 replies

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LedZep

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#1 13 years ago

Soyo KT600 Dragon Motherboard A ATX w/ onboard 6 channel audio Athlon XP 3200 400MHz FSB, 512K Cache Corsair PC3200 1.5g 200gig western digital ATA 150 ATI Radeon 9500 Pro 128mb ATI CATALYST 4.12 Windows XP w/ Serivce Pack 2 VIA 4 in 1 drivers

Im just wondering if my video card is holding me back in games at all or would I not see much diff going to something like a 9600XT? Thanks for any opinions.

:cya:




LedZep

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#2 13 years ago

I also just saw the X700 Pro is only 198.00 at newegg. Anyone know about that card? Do I need a new card, will I see any difference worth spending 200.00.

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=14-102-414&DEPA=1




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#3 13 years ago

you got PCI express? I don't think so if you have a 9500. Get a 9800pro if you want something like the x700:D

Great comp BTW:D




LedZep

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#4 13 years ago

O yea I forgot about not having PCI express. :eek: doh! Is it really worth spending 200.00 on a card am I gonna see any improvement. I run HL2 on high settings and get 60fps avg. But I guess you can always make it faster.

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#5 13 years ago

after £150, about $225 i think, from a Radeon 9500, you will notice a huge differance, and the more money you splash out, the bigger the improvement, you can spend $200 or something on a Radeon 9800 and notice a really big improvment, but then, if you push your money to about $370 to $450, to get an X800, the improvment you would notice could* treble from the 9800 depending on the differant models of each card, but it would probebly end up double the improvements at least

anyone please correct me if i am rong with anything




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#6 13 years ago

Def go with a 9800pro NOT 9600XT,its worth looking into but you can flash the bios of a 9500pro to a 9700 pro for nothing:)




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#7 13 years ago

Go hunting for an AGP 6600GT. S'all there is to it.

Also, what's your memory config? If it's 3x512MB, then get rid of the odd stick and run 2x512MB in dual channel.




LedZep

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#8 13 years ago

I have 3 512 sticks. Explain 512 in Dual Channel for me please. And how do you "flash" the bios of the 9500 Pro to a 9700 Pro?




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#9 13 years ago

In a (simple) nutshell, when running in dual channel mode, one stick of memory executes a command while it's partner "recharges" after executing a command. While this isn't necessary, it makes best use of CPU cycles. Dual channel mode requires two sticks of memory, both of the same size and configuration. If you add a third stick, you'll be automatically kicked down into single channel mode, and that bears a performance hit. Generally, that hit will outweigh any benefit you'll get from the extra 512MB.