mistake with graphics cards?

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by werepeople2, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. werepeople2

    werepeople2 New Member

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    A couple days ago i ordered two evga 9500 gt's for my computer from tiger direct, hoping it would amount to a decent gamings setup. I have a phenom 9500, 4 gigs of ddr2 800 mhz memory, and a 750a geforce motherboard. Unfortunantly i bought with out doing research, and am afraid i will not get a large performance boost compared to my old BFG 8500 gt. will this setup be even comprable to a 9600gt? thanks
     
  2. DSK

    DSK Banned

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    No a 9600GT is on another level compaired to the 9500GT as its just a rebadged 8600GT
     
  3. Dustpuppy

    Dustpuppy Ancient Guru

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    integrated - fffffffuuuuu
    I learned this lesson a looonng time ago:

    never, Never, NEVER!!! buy tech without reading a review first. It's a good idea to never spend around what you make in a day without doing a bit of research.
     
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    xSLIX Master Guru

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    A+ lol
     

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    Just do the step up program from evga......and do better home work this time
     
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    well if you haven't received the graphics cards yet refuse the shipment and you will get a full refund from tiger direct.
     
  7. Zap

    Zap Master Guru

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    [drawl] That thar is the problem. [/drawl]

    I've done some testing of single cards (no SLI results though) and here are some numbers:

    Core 2 Duo E6750 stock, 2GB DDR2-800, recent WHQL drivers (180.xx series)
    3DMark03 / 3DMark05 / 3DMark06

    9500 GT DDR2
    13971 / 9054 / 4467

    9500 GT GDDR3
    18711 / 12071 / 5831

    9600 GT
    33366 / 16660 / 10142

    Core 2 Duo E6750 stock, 2GB DDR2-800, WHQL drivers 175.19-177.41 (varies)
    3DMark03 / 3DMark Vantage Entry / 3DMark Vantage Performance / 3DMark Vantage Extreme

    9500 GT DDR2
    11813 / E6703 / P971 / X0 - Vantage wouldn't run it properly

    9600 GT
    33392 / E17984 / P3851 / X1646

    9800 GT
    36414 / E19702 / P4364 / X1774

    9800 GTX+
    42499 / E27464 / P6339 / X2576

    GTX 260
    44291 / E31396 / P7858 / X3779

    GTX 280
    49213 / E35060 / P9886 / X4776

    A couple of conclusions can be drawn from this.

    The 9500 GT is hurt a bit by memory bandwidth, or lack thereof. Most of the available cards are DDR2 which takes a performance hit.

    The 9600 GT is obviously in a different class.

    Newer drivers help a bit ("big bang" drivers).

    What you play has an impact on performance scaling. If you play primarily older games (evidenced by 3DMark03 scores) then beyond a 9600 GT you don't see any other HUGE jumps in performance. With recent games going to a 9800 GTX+ may make a difference, and really strenuous games will scale pretty nicely all the way up.

    I have not done the testing, but I'm guessing that two 9500 GT with GDDR3 will be similar in performance (but of course cost more) than a single 9600 GT. Two 9500 GT with DDR2 will still be outclassed by a single 9600 GT.
     

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