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shaker718
11-12-06, 10:40 AM
So as some of you may remember ( and may have been annoyed by) I've been looking to upgrade for the last month. I finally made a decision and ordered the parts I needed but due to a problem, I had to cancel that order.

I see this as a sign that the fates want me to have an 8800 card, and who am I to argue with fate?;) In any case I am just waiting till my paycheck is deposited tomorrow morning to buy an 8800gts.

I wanted to ask those with 8800gts and dell 2005-2007 1680x1050 monitors what kind of FPS are you seeing in your games with high AA? I've read a few reviews but either they only focused on the GTX or ran tests at 2560x1600 etc.
I am particularly interested in numbers for Black and white 2 and X3 reunion. With my old vanilla 6800 these two games at this res were unplayable unless I toned the eye candy waaaay down, and frankly what's the point?

I have an x2 3800, now would this processor be a bottleneck for this card? I was thinking of OCing the processor once I get a new case with better airflow but for the time being I am just going to run it at stock.

I used to softmod my 6800 to quadro for 3d work and to work with Adobe after effects. Is anyone working with the 8800gts and using it for this kind of work? if so, how does it stack up? render times, IQ etc?

EDIT: one last question: Is anyone running Linux using this card? I plan to dual boot and wonder if there are any compatibility issues, problems running XGL, Beryl, etc.

Thanks for the responses. :D

WiCKeD
11-12-06, 10:51 AM
Do you really want to pay - $150-200 more for an 8800GTS over an X19XXX card? Performance is nearly identical: http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/391/19/

Either pony up the cash for the GTX or wait for the 8800GT or AMD's new card.

shaker718
11-12-06, 11:07 AM
Do you really want to pay - $150-200 more for an 8800GTS over an X19XXX card? Performance is nearly identical: http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/391/19/

Either pony up the cash for the GTX or wait for the 8800GT or AMD's new card.

the cheapest x1950xtx is 409.99 at the egg, and the evga 8800gts is 489.99. Less than a hundred dollars difference. since its just 80bucks more I'd rather get the new tech, extra memory and better linux company support. The Gt variant wont come out till next year. Currently I'm running a geforce5600 since my 6800 died. I'm not going to wait 3 months+ plus for a 100 dollar difference. I don't upgrade videocards that often, seems this would work out better for me in the long run.

NoWayDude
11-12-06, 05:29 PM
Look at the GTS nrs in Oblivion in shader intensive games, ans look at the results from "older" cards
Best buy I ever made in quite some time, I can tell you that

shaker718
11-12-06, 05:41 PM
Look at the GTS nrs in Oblivion in shader intensive games, ans look at the results from "older" cards
Best buy I ever made in quite some time, I can tell you that

I've seen the reviews and I am impressed. Enough that I am willing to plunk down almost 500bucks for this card. That being said does anyone have any answers to the questions on my original post?

Dazz
11-12-06, 06:06 PM
If your X3800+ is at stock YES you will be CPU limited even on a GTS.

Maverickman
11-12-06, 06:13 PM
The 8800 GTX is especially CPU limited as even the Core2 Extreme is unable to unleash its full potential. I have an 8800 GTS in my system, and I was able to obtain it because my old X1900XTX gave out on me. I bought the replacement policy at CompUSA, and they gave me a credit for what I paid. I wound up paying only $100 for my 8800 GTS!!! I would definitely get an 8800 GTS over an X1950XTX. It may be marginally faster in most games, but it does have all the newest features, including DX 10 support. It's a much more future proof card and worth at least $100 over the X1950XTX.

shaker718
11-12-06, 06:34 PM
If your X3800+ is at stock YES you will be CPU limited even on a GTS.


I figured it might be. Now what would that translate to in terms of FPS at my current resolution? (1680x1050)

Dazz
11-12-06, 06:37 PM
Well i can say games will be more then playable but slap on some AF and FSAA and it will make up with the same frame rates :)

shaker718
11-12-06, 06:39 PM
Well i can say games will be more then playable but slap on some AF and FSAA and it will make up with the same frame rates :)

Awesome. Can't wait to play X3 with 16aa and 16af, it's going to be sweet. :D

SH0DAN
11-12-06, 06:43 PM
I figured it might be. Now what would that translate to in terms of FPS at my current resolution? (1680x1050)


It'll make a HUGE difference over what you have,I have one coming early in the week (BFG 8800GTS) Look at my sig,your system and my current system are very simliar in specs.I am not planning on ocing mine.Try ocing your 3800x2.

g133k
11-12-06, 06:44 PM
The 8800 GTX is especially CPU limited as even the Core2 Extreme is unable to unleash its full potential. I have an 8800 GTS in my system, and I was able to obtain it because my old X1900XTX gave out on me. I bought the replacement policy at CompUSA, and they gave me a credit for what I paid. I wound up paying only $100 for my 8800 GTS!!! I would definitely get an 8800 GTS over an X1950XTX. It may be marginally faster in most games, but it does have all the newest features, including DX 10 support. It's a much more future proof card and worth at least $100 over the X1950XTX.



hmmm futur proof doesnt mean anything yet in regards of DX10.
i know too well the purevideo story of my 6800GT :D

OWA
11-12-06, 06:47 PM
hmmm futur proof doesnt mean anything yet in regards of DX10.
i know too well the purevideo story of my 6800GT :D
Waahhhhh, we've been whupped and I don't know what to do...

shaker718
11-12-06, 06:56 PM
hmmm futur proof doesnt mean anything yet in regards of DX10.
i know too well the purevideo story of my 6800GT :D

Meh, future proof- smhuture proof, I haven't upgraded for 3 years its about damn time I hooked my pc up. Anyway does anyone here really buy the "future proof(tm)" hook anymore? I mean new cards seem to come out every 6months or so, things go by so fast, I figure this time around I'll go for something higher end and enjoy it.

SH0DAN
11-12-06, 07:01 PM
I dont care as I buy a new card about every 12-16 months.I think this next one though will last me a full 16+ months.Later on in 07 I will grab a E6300
and a sub 150$ 965 mobo + 2 Gig pc6400 DDR2 kit,and reuse my Asetek VapoChill micro :D and get a four upgrades in one ! It'll almost be like getting a
whole new card.