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ATOJAR
12-04-06, 08:48 PM
If i was to buy a 8800 GTS would i get the best out of it with my cpu/system?(see my sig for my system specs)

Been thinking of upgrading but cant really afford to upgrade the full system and i dont wanna buy a new 8800GTS if in not gonna get the full power out of it!

fatal1ty
12-04-06, 09:29 PM
If i was to buy a 8800 GTS would i get the best out of it with my cpu/system?(see my sig for my system specs)

Been thinking of upgrading but cant really afford to upgrade the full system and i dont wanna buy a new 8800GTS if in not gonna get the full power out of it!


your CPU will be the bottleneck. Anything less than a conroe is just not fast enough to take full advantage.

Cyant
12-04-06, 09:56 PM
The FPS average will be lower than a conroe but you will still be able to enjoy superb antialiasing and filtering and all detail to the max in games without penality.

Running an Opteron 165 and a 8800GTX and I am very happy, much better than my 7800GT. It will get even better when I upgrade my mobo/cpu in 6 month.

ShinaKitsune
12-04-06, 10:00 PM
The GTS is alot less cpu bound than the GTX counterpart. Your system will be fine, and a noticable different should be seen.

Maverickman
12-04-06, 11:57 PM
The GTX is really CPU-bound as even a Core2 Extreme X6800 can't max it out. However, the 8800 GTS is much slower than a GTX, at least 30% slower. Therefore, it won't be as CPU-bound as the GTX.

Cyant
12-05-06, 09:23 AM
I don't get it... People say "CPU bound" all the time like it's a bad thing. It won't drag your computer speed down in the mud because it's CPU bound...

Think of it this way: You can have more filtering/antialiasing with the same performance... Or you can have the extra power of the card be used in future tittles for geometry shaders... Plus when you are ready to switch to a new CPU you get to unlock even more performance... The extra unified shaders on the gtx will help make a big difference in future games and DX10 I am sure of it.

Those cards are not a fad, their performance will be good enough to run anything for a long time. Kinda like my Radeon 9700 Pro, wich I only switched last year at this time. I am glad i took the 9700 pro at the time and not the 9500. I might have saved money with the 9500 then but I would not have lasted more than 3 years with it, i would have switched twice instead of once and you have lost more money in the long run.

The 8800 is the kind of card you will keep for a long time so the price difference between the GTS and GTX will be erased by the money you save in the long run... But both are good cards and whatever you chose you get great cards.

crainger
12-05-06, 09:49 AM
Cyant is exactly right. Getting a 8800GTX/GTS for your system isn't a bad thing. Quite the opposite. In fact it made mince meat of my 7900GTs in SLI and that being 'bound' by my CPU. The card is to some extend taking more load off the CPU. Of course a Core 2 Duo system will be faster, but an 8800 on a X2 4200 with be nothing to sneeze at either.

ATOJAR
12-05-06, 10:44 AM
The 8800 GTS is the kind of card you will keep for a long time


But how long i wonder? 2-3-4 years?

tweaked
12-05-06, 02:01 PM
on this board "a long time" means about 6 months.

ShinaKitsune
12-05-06, 02:23 PM
Yeah..
I am one of those people that have a GTS with a slow processor and I am still loving my GTS :)
single core 3500+ @2.5ghz :p

derdeutscha
12-05-06, 02:43 PM
You can look up the stats of all the processors and the comparisons with the GTS on a review that was done. There is about a 2-3% difference between an overclocked X2 4200 (which I have as well) and the best processor with a GTS.

If you overclock the GTS to GTX speeds then it will be even faster.

If you call a 2-3% difference of the GTS a bottle neck, that's your perogative. Thats about like saying your RAM is a bottle neck if it isn't the fastest available.



Yeah..
I am one of those people that have a GTS with a slow processor and I am still loving my GTS :)
single core 3500+ @2.5ghz :p

tweaked
12-06-06, 12:43 AM
it is.

NoWayDude
12-06-06, 04:00 AM
See sig. I play at 1280x1024 (monitor max resolution). I just crank AA & AF, and it runs smoothly.
BTW, I got my 4600x2 running at 2700mhz and the GTS at 600/2000, but still at stock speeds, it was running just fine.

Burnt_Ram
12-06-06, 12:15 PM
i just have a lowly single core, and my GTS runs just fine! eats everything i have @ 1600x1200 with all eye candy + AA and AF.

ATOJAR
12-06-06, 01:12 PM
IF i was to buy a 8800 GTS i would expect it to last me ate least 2 years before i struggles with games and i have to upgrade again!

I dont belive in upgrading my system if its doing everything i want it to with no problems!

grimreefer
12-06-06, 03:15 PM
get the gtx.
its faster.
u need fast **** to last that long.

MaXThReAT
12-06-06, 04:16 PM
Geez I'm getting tired of seeing threads like this. Every single CPU on the market isn't fast enough to push the 8800's. Get if it you want it, it will be faster.<---period.