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graphics card - What to look for when upgrading

Discussion in 'Hardware, Software & Troubleshooting' started by Capt.Toilet, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    I know there is a thread about graphics card updating already, but I believe this is slightly different as I am trying to figure out what I need to look for when I decide to upgrade.

    As most of you know I have an aging, but still very excellent 8800gt. When shopping around for graphics cards, I have been comparing specs like memory clock/bandwidth, shader clock, bit rate, etc. I spotted this card here Geforce 460GTX and when compared to my 8800gt, it seems quite similar. Core clock speed and memory clock are damn near identical, while memory bus is actually worse - 192 bit vs 256 bit on the 8800. When making my purchase I want to know what the different specs mean and how I should go about determining what is better or not.

    On an even weirder note, I spotted a GTS450 that had higher specs than the 460, yet in benchmarks it is left in the dust. Unfortunately I don't have mucho dinero so I am limited to between $100-$200 price range.

    Any help is greatly appreciated :)
     
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  2. TurdDrive

    TurdDrive sam k

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  3. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    Yeah I hear that card is the next 8800gt in terms of price to performance ratio, but sadly it is way over my budget.
     
  4. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    Awesome. Thanks :)
     
  5. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    Wait a minute, they both look like they exhaust out the back so what's the difference?
     
  6. Hunter

    Hunter BeyondUnreal Newsie

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    The EE actually forces the air across the card and out the back. The normal one just pulls in on to the card and the 'exhaust' is just there for air to escape.
     
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    NRG Master Console Hater

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    I haven't done much homework on the 460 coolers but in general the latter of the two is a more effective cooler for shorter cards.
     
  8. TurdDrive

    TurdDrive sam k

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    After Market Coolers are worth the investment if you really want to watch those temperatures.
     
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  9. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0309737

    Good deal on that kind of graphics card, but I find it hard to believe that a single card would require that large of a power supply? I know on the box of my 8800gt it states that it requires a 600watt, but to the side it states that requirement was when it was paired with an Intel Core 2 duo extreme processor. Wonder if this is the same thing?
     
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    TurdDrive sam k

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    I have the XFX version of that Card, Its good but struggles to Play bran new games at Max Detail.
     
  11. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    http://www.guru3d.com/article/ocz-stealthxstream-2-600w-review/6

    Exact power supply that I have, even down to the 12v rails. They popped 2 geforce 295's on it and one of those intel core 2 quad extreme processors and it never batted an eye. I think I am set then with the 460 :)
     
  12. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    Oops I made a slight error myself. Mine is simply the stealthxstream without the 2. Same specs though so I wonder what is different?
     
  13. Kantham

    Kantham Fool.

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    GPU upgrades makes me fart it back hardcore at the RMA service, every time.

    Sometimes a whole system upgrade is needed. I can't recall the last time I bought a GPU and had a noticeable difference. Not before, and specifically, especially not with this ****ed up PC I use since 2007.
     
  14. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    Meh ok. Well I finally figured out how to calculate the amperage and I came out to around 48amps, which is plenty for most cards I would hope.
     
  15. inferyes

    inferyes Spaced In

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    Try playing crysis on a GMA3150. You'll notice a difference.
    ;)
     
  16. Big-Al

    Big-Al amateur de bière

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    GTX460 with 1gb GDDR5
     

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