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Hangshai
11-11-07, 10:36 AM
I own an nVidia 7800 GS (AGP) model. I know my system is dated, but, i do not have the money to upgrade, so, I need to get the most out of what i have now. I have an AMD +2800 athlon XP proc, 2 gigs ram, and 240 gigs of hd space. The ram is some stock ram, mixed with a stick from pny, nothing fancy. Anyway, i have the card overclocked barely, to something like 438/704. My 3dmark05 score was around 5600, and my 03 score was @ 11K. Both good scores, i think. I am using forceware version 94.24 from 04/07. I tried using the very latest one from Nov. 07, but i lost like 4000 points on my 3dmark 03 score, so i switched back. TBH, i never tried it on real applications, i just benchmarked, got worried, and switched back. so, any tips or suggestions? Is there a better (newer OR older driver) available for my setup? And i know i should upgrade, i just cant afford it right now. If i were to do anything, it could only be upgrading the processor within the same socket style, so i wouldnt have to change anything else... Anyways, any help would be appreciated...

Thanks

ps aquamark 3d scores on my current setup are as follows, i havent tried it with the new driver set...

DisplayWidth: 1024
DisplayHeight: 768
DisplayDepth: 32
AntialiasingMode: 0
AntialiasingQuality: 0
AnisotropicFiltering: 4
DetailLevel: 4
AvgFPS: 50.339821
MinFPS: 35.000000
MaxFPS: 97.000000
AvgFPSRender: 83.601418
AvgFPSSimulation: 126.513245
AvgTrianglesPerSecond: 15153905
MinTrianglesPerSecond: 2108606
MaxTrianglesPerSecond: 52314032
AquamarkScoreRender: 8361
AquamarkScoreSimulation: 6325
AquamarkScore: 50339

newls1
11-11-07, 12:39 PM
Just leave what you have alone. There wont be a "magical" driver that will increase your performance to a point where you would actually notice it. I'm not "making fun" of your PC, but rather just telling you to leave well enough alone! For about 500 dollars however, you can build your self a decent PC, and that would atleast bring you into the SATA, PCIe, DDR2 era of things.....Good luck

Hangshai
11-11-07, 12:42 PM
Yeah, with how inexpensive computers have become, i could buy a good tower for around 550, with the features you mentioned. But, like i said, this is what I have now, and I dont have ANY money to upgrade. So, if i understand you correctly, your saying i shouldnt even upgrade my drivers, either?

newls1
11-11-07, 01:03 PM
Yeah, with how inexpensive computers have become, i could buy a good tower for around 550, with the features you mentioned. But, like i said, this is what I have now, and I dont have ANY money to upgrade. So, if i understand you correctly, your saying i shouldnt even upgrade my drivers, either?
Correct.

Hangshai
11-12-07, 10:11 PM
Ok new problem.. what about newer games such as Gears of War that demand new drivers?

911medic
11-12-07, 11:06 PM
You are in a position where your choices are:
1) Upgrade your hardware,
2) Use older drivers from the era of your hardware and live with any problems in newer games,
3) Use newer drivers that were designed for newer hardware to get the game fixes, but may reduce performance on your hardware.

Best advice is to try the newer drivers vs. old ones in actual games you play (not just benchmark programs) and see what happens. You may not even need the new software.

Thunderbolt56
11-16-07, 11:13 AM
The 7800GS is still a decent card (though 2 generations old depending on how you look at it). It would seem to me your CPU is a greater bottleneck than your VC. Understanding you don't have ANY money to upgrade, I'd look into the OC potential of your CPU and experiment with some newer drivers...until you can move into newer tech.