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Medion
05-24-08, 04:34 AM
I'm considering upgrading to an EVGA GeForce 9600GT 512MB, stock clocked. I currently have an EVGA GeForce 7900GTO 512MB, stock clocked. The cost of the card I want is $140, while I believe that I can get $80-100 for my current card.

My reasons for upgrading are as follows;
-DX 10 compatibility
-Upgrading to Vista, want to run all features and by getting a new video card, I shouldn't notice any downgrades in performance

Now, here are my questions. I want to be educated on the expected change in performance, and power consumption.

Performance:

In my limited research, it seems that the 9600GT is roughly 1.5x the performance of my GTO at the same settings, while offering better IQ. Anyone able to offer insight into this?

Power Consumption:

Also in my limited research, it seems that a stock 9600GT draws slightly less (5-10% less) power than the 7900GTO. Anyone able to confirm this one way or the other?

For what it's worth, I'll be using this card to drive two displays. My PC monitor will be a Samsung T220 (22in widescreen, 1680x1050). My HDTV will be a Samsung LN46A650, 46in LCD at 1080P. I don't play a lot of new PC games, so running at these resolutions can be done at an acceptable framerate in the games that I play. I've given up high end PC gaming in favor of consoles (I go back and forth every few years), so I just want a mid-range card to handle the basics.

Zapablast05
05-24-08, 11:16 AM
A single 9600GT won't be able to handle those resolutions at high settings very well, unless you play really old games or just dated games IE FEAR, DoDS, R6V.

The card draws about 95 watts so it's less than the 8800GT also.

Right now, there are some 8800GT's that float around the same price range as the 9600GT.

Medion
05-24-08, 11:34 AM
A single 9600GT won't be able to handle those resolutions at high settings very well, unless you play really old games or just dated games IE FEAR, DoDS, R6V.

The card draws about 95 watts so it's less than the 8800GT also.

Right now, there are some 8800GT's that float around the same price range as the 9600GT.

Heh, I'm not worried about newer games much, nor do I own anything as demanding as FEAR. My PC games list right now is:

Halo
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Morrowind
UT2003
Diablo 2
Warcraft 2 and 3
Fable
World of Warcraft
Guildwars

GeniusPr0
05-24-08, 01:37 PM
get the 8800gt!

Dreamingawake
05-24-08, 01:53 PM
why wouldnt you care about newer games?? save your money and just wait ONE more month..

RaidenWoW
05-24-08, 02:11 PM
%$#@ YEAH SEEKING

Medion
05-24-08, 02:41 PM
get the 8800gt!

I'm operating under two budgets. First is financial, why pay extra for something I don't need/want? Second is horsepower. Not one of those games listed will tax a 9600GT, so the 8800GT is pointless.

why wouldnt you care about newer games?? save your money and just wait ONE more month..

Because X360 and PS3 play those newer games that I enjoy so much better than a $2k PC does. I'm not going to play catchup with PC technology anymore when the console versions are satisfactory.

I appreciate the feedback guys, but hopefully, someone can come around and address my original questions.

Zapablast05
05-24-08, 04:05 PM
Stick you the 9600GT in that case. It's more than enough for those games. Better yet, get an 8800GTS 320MB.

Bman212121
05-25-08, 12:20 AM
Stick you the 9600GT in that case. It's more than enough for those games. Better yet, get an 8800GTS 320MB.

Uh, heck no to that one. The 9600GT is faster and has more memory. At 1080p you'd be pressed for memory if you wanted any AA or AF. I like my 9600GT quite a bit, it will handle even the newer games if you tone down the settings. It should be plently of card for what you need, but isn't too expensive where I would bother with a cheaper card.

Dazz
05-26-08, 12:28 PM
I don't know it's not too much slower then a 8800GT but then again the price diffrence an't too much.

Zapablast05
05-26-08, 07:46 PM
Uh, heck no to that one. The 9600GT is faster and has more memory. At 1080p you'd be pressed for memory if you wanted any AA or AF. I like my 9600GT quite a bit, it will handle even the newer games if you tone down the settings. It should be plently of card for what you need, but isn't too expensive where I would bother with a cheaper card.

Dude, he's going to play old games at normal settings, not ultra high settings, so he's going to want to settle for an 8800GTS 320MB or 9600GT.

In the end, it's what he wants, really. I think he should get what he feels is cheaper with a good performance history.

Medion
05-26-08, 08:39 PM
Dude, he's going to play old games at normal settings, not ultra high settings, so he's going to want to settle for an 8800GTS 320MB or 9600GT.

In the end, it's what he wants, really. I think he should get what he feels is cheaper with a good performance history.

With my 7900GTO, I was able to run 1280x1024 (1,310,720 pixels) , max settings, 8xSAA, 16xAF in all of my games at 60+fps, with one exception. Need for Speed: Most Wanted was run at 4xAA.

The 9600GT is 1.5x faster than the 7900GTO. I'll be running at 1680x1050 (1,764,000 pixels). That requires 1.35X the performance at the same settings. In theory, my new card will be able to offer me maxed out settings at the same or higher framerates than what I was accustomed to with my old card.

I had two questions that I needed confirmation on, the performance difference between the two cards, and the power consumption difference. Did some research on my own the past few days to confirm that.

What I'm about to say is not meant to be an insult aimed at anyone here, and it certainly applies to me as well. Too often we get caught up in needing the latest and greatest, that some of us forget what we were able to do before having the latest and greatest. When I first played WoW, I did so with a GF4MX440 128MB. If I were to suggest that today, I would be told by people that the card couldn't run WoW at all. A Geforce 4 is a great card, if all you do is run older games and emulators. This is in fact all I do, but I occasionally play some relatively newer titles, so that's why I wanted a current gen mid-range card.

Just because a newer video card comes out, doesn't mean the older video card stops performing. If I want to play older titles, I don't need the newest technology :)