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Niot
07-08-07, 03:50 PM
I'm having some performance issues with this card and Oblivion. I play the game maxed out with 4X AA 8X AF, and the framerate can go pretty low at around 20FPS during intense situations. If I overclock this card how much will it help? And who makes the best air cooler for video cards (and processors)? And can you recommend a model for the card?

Thanks.

buffbiff21
07-08-07, 04:15 PM
Best air cooler for 8800GTX:

Thermalright HR-03

YES, overclocking helps and it is very easy. You can either flash your card's BIOS or just overclock manually using RivaTuner.

Shocky
07-08-07, 04:17 PM
Best air cooler for 8800GTX:

Thermalright HR-03

YES, overclocking helps and it is very easy. You can either flash your card's BIOS or just overclock manually using RivaTuner.

You usually find the max stable overclock with rivatuner before you start flashing the bios.

Niot
07-08-07, 04:25 PM
Best air cooler for 8800GTX:

Thermalright HR-03

YES, overclocking helps and it is very easy. You can either flash your card's BIOS or just overclock manually using RivaTuner.
What's the best cooler for the core2 processor?

buffbiff21
07-08-07, 04:28 PM
You usually find the max stable overclock with rivatuner before you start flashing the bios.
I know this.

What's the best cooler for the core2 processor?

Recommended air coolers

Thermalright IFX-14 (http://www.thermalright.com/) (Initial tests show it to be very good but may not beat out the Ultra Extreme, awaiting more reviews...)
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme (http://www.thermalright.com/) (New 6 heatpipe version of the Ultra-120, the best cooler currently available!)
Thermalright Ultima-90 (http://www.thermalright.com/) (Already tested at several degrees better than the Tuniq Tower-120!)
3RSystem IceAge 120 (http://www.3rsys.com/english/products/view.asp?navi=aircooler&idx_num=83) NEW! (Very few reviews but so far appears to be slightly superior to the Tuniq Tower 120 in some circumstances with the fan on high, comes with a fan cantroller but does not seem to be widely available at this time)
Enzotech Ultra-X (http://www.enzotechnology.com/cpu.htm) (So far superior to the Scythe Infinity by a degree or two and about equivilant to a Thermalright Ultra-120 due to the larger diameter heatpipes used on the Enzotech which is also the advantage the newest Thermalrights have)
Thermaltake V1 (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/cooler/Retail/Cl-P0401/cl-p0401.asp) (Some tests are showing this to be a little better than the Scythe Infinity and almost on par with the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme!)
Tuniq Tower 120 (http://www.tuniq.com.tw/Cooler%20Info/Tower-120.htm) (The reigning champion, [Not anymore!] back in stock)
Thermalright Ultra-120 (http://www.thermalright.com/) (One of the best cpu coolers only a hair behind the Tuniq)
Scythe Andy Samurai Master (http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/029/scasm1000_detail.html) (Very good performance for it's size/weight, close to the Infinity, but a few degrees behind the Enzotech and falls behind the Ninja, particularly at very low fan speeds. One of the better coolers listed here for LAN parties and such due to it's lower profile and lighter weight.)
Cooler Master GeminII (http://www.coolermaster.com/index.php?LT=english&Language_s=2&url_place=product&p_serial=RR-CCH-ANU2-GP&other_title=+RR-CCH-ANU2-GP+GeminII) (Looks to be a very good cooler so far but not as good as the new Thermalright's and maybe Enzotech. However the Cooler Master is so massive it cools the cpu very well without fans in a case with decent cooling. With 2x 120mm fans it cools the motherboard extremely well because of it's size. NOT recommended for LAN parties due to the massive size and weight. Looks to be a rough equivilant to a Scythe Infinity.)
Scythe Infinity (http://www.digital-daily.com/editorial/computex_2006_4/index04.htm) (One of the best and most massive sized coolers around. Ive heard it can be run passive in a well cooled case)
Scythe Ninja (http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/006/scnj1000p.html) (Very excellent all-around cooler for quiet fans.)
Zalman CNPS 9700 LED (http://www.zalmanusa.com/) (Larger version of the popular 9500, comes with 110mm fan)
Thermalright SI-128 (http://www.thermalright.com/) (About equal or better than the Ninja in all respects, very good with low speed, quiet fans. World class with medium-high speed fans.)
Thermaltake Big Typhoon/VX (http://thermaltake.com/coolers/4in1heatpipe/cl-p0114bigtyphoon/cl-p0114.htm) (Very excellent all around cooler, new "VX" version has more powerfull adjustable fan. Can be modded by adding BGA memory ramsinks to the base for improved performance)
Noctua NH-U12 (http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=1&lng=en) (Another very excellent tower sized cooler)
Silverstone Nitrogon NT06 Lite (http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/nt06lite/nt06lite.html) (Inferior cooling to most of the coolers listed here but still very good, perfect fit for small form factor computers and cases with very little space. Comes fanless since it was designed to fit right underneath the PSU in a Silverstone SG01 case, you will need a fan for other cases. Lightweight and low-profile make this a good choice for LAN parties as well.)

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=106971

Niot
07-08-07, 05:05 PM
Are there cheaper solutions than those?

Ambrose
07-08-07, 06:12 PM
Niot, out of curiosity what resolution/settings do you play Oblivion at? Also do you have any mods installed?

Niot
07-08-07, 07:25 PM
Niot, out of curiosity what resolution/settings do you play Oblivion at? Also do you have any mods installed?
I did not install any graphical enhancing mods. I'm playing on the standard 1280*1024 resolution. This game is very graphics intensive, and the framerates varies widely, in bad situations the framerate does go near (but I have never seen it go below) 20. I used the highest IQ in the control panel, but that doesn't seem to make a difference from the lowest.