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Sawke
10-15-06, 06:56 AM
Yeh hi im a bit of a noob to graphics cards and i was just wondering this new card i got Gainward Bliss geforce 6800GS AGP 512MB special edition, it sort of wasnt what i was expecting im not sure if it is ment to run as it is or if there is a setting i need to change becuase i upgraded from a radeon 9250 128MB. It runs smoothly apart from a few things that dont worry me to much apart from the fps i get in games.. for example in counterstrike source i get in the video stress test 67.66 fps average. if there is nothing that is wrong with it then please excuse me for being a total noob lol. thnx

DataMatrix
10-15-06, 09:58 AM
Sounds about right to me.

lightman
10-15-06, 10:04 AM
it sort of wasnt what i was expecting

What were you expecting ? The jump from a 9250 shoudl be fairly big... What king of processor do you have ? RAM ? OS version ?

And what is the resolution you are gaming at ?

Sawke
10-15-06, 10:12 PM
Processor: x86 Family 15 model 3 stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~ 3000Mhz
Ram: 1GB
OS Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600

Gaming: 1152 x 864
- All The Graphics are set to high

Sawke
10-15-06, 10:13 PM
Also What could i do to improve my graphics card in terms of hardware

stncttr908
10-15-06, 11:09 PM
Well the 6800GS's speeds are pretty much already at the limit of that's generation's capabilities. Upping the clock speeds on the card (not recommended for novices unless you read a few overclocking guides) would probably only yield a few more frames per second, i.e. 70fps instead of 67, which really isn't worth the extra stress on the card.

At that resolution you're probably still a bit bound by your aging processor too.

ragejg
10-15-06, 11:35 PM
Looks to me like your system is pretty well balanced as-is. Just keep XP running nice and clean, run benchmark programs periodically to make sure your perfomance is consistent and you should be all set.

With what you have hardware-wise, if you truly want an upgrade in performance you'd really need to step up to the newest generation of gear, like a Core 2 duo setup, DDR2 memory, and a PCI Express 7900 series card...

:)

Sawke
10-18-06, 02:52 AM
ahh thanx guys

supra
10-18-06, 03:06 AM
hmmm derno about the results.

I get avg 114fps and im running a 6800GT agp.

Redeemed
10-18-06, 03:55 AM
hmmm derno about the results.

I get avg 114fps and im running a 6800GT agp.

You also have 4 more pipes and one more vertex unit than he does.

You are a noob, so do some research first... but after you educate yourself, try enabling those 4 pipes and 1 vertex unit via RivaTuner. Keep the GPU and mem at 350/1Ghz and you should see quite a bit more improvement.

Run some benchmarks such as 3DMark03, 3DMark05, and 3DMark06 to check for stability and performance problems. Also, try running the stress test in Counter Strike.

By enabling those "masked units" as RivaTuner calls them, you should get a "decent" (though not jaw dropping) boost in performance.

If your card proves stable with those "masked units" enabled, try upping the GPU and mem speeds to 400/1.1GHz (the clocks of a 6800Ultra). That should yield even better results.

But, for the sake of not frying any hardware, be sure to educate yourself before doing any of this. There are quite a few useful guides floating around the net. Just do a google search on it and they should come up. ;)

supra
10-18-06, 08:53 AM
You also have 4 more pipes and one more vertex unit than he does.


true. but if im not mistaken the the bliss 6800gs also has faster stock clock speeds. 480/1300 i think. so that should make up for the less pipes n vertex if thats the case.

Redeemed
10-18-06, 03:40 PM
[QUOTE=Redeemed]You also have 4 more pipes and one more vertex unit than he does.
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true. but if im not mistaken the the bliss 6800gs also has faster stock clock speeds. 480/1300 i think. so that should make up for the less pipes n vertex if thats the case.

Not necessarily.

Either way his fps do seem a bit low. Even when compared to my bro's 6800GS @ stock speeds. Somethin' ain't right.

supra
10-18-06, 07:43 PM
Either way his fps do seem a bit low. Even when compared to my bro's 6800GS @ stock speeds. Somethin' ain't right.

agreed. :D

stevemedes
10-18-06, 09:37 PM
Do you have your motherboards chipset drivers installed? Thats key because if you dont have the mobo AGP driver installed performance will be crippled.