At 11/22/08 03:42 PM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote:
In my PC, my gfx card (nVidia 8800GTS 320mb) is giving me intermittent grief so I'm thinking of an upgrade. I've heard on the street that the more recent ATi cards are pretty good, but I've fallen out of the loop since the X### range was superceded, can anyone tell me what's a good high-end budget ATi card (or if there's some good nVidia 9series one I'm happy with that too)? Also, I'm from the UK, so no newegg links plox. I'd prefer links to www.scan.co.uk or www.overclockers.co.uk or summat.
PCi-E x16, as normal.
Price range... around £100 I guess, definitely no higher than £150.
The 8800 GTS is a good card. I have a 9600 GT, which is about the same, or maybe even worse than your card and I've got it 3 weeks ago and I've been loving it since.
As long as it can run your games on high settings with decent fps you should be fine, and that's what my card does.
Anways, about ATi, I heard that chipsets are pretty shit and the cards can overheat more easily than Nvidia cards.
Although if you want ATi, and a card between 100 and 150 pounds, there's no point in doing so.
I found a good ATi hd4850 which is cheap for 110 pounds.
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB-Pal it-HD4850-PCI-E-20(x16)-1986MHz-GDDR3-GP U-625MHz-800-Cores-2x-DL-DVI-I-HDTV-HDCP
There's no point in getting it though because if you look at benchmarks and game tests, you will see a small gain in fps (like 10)
COD4 FPS : http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gamin g-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Call-of-Duty-4 -v1-6,746.html
Crysis FPS : http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gamin g-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Crysis-v1-21,7 50.html
3dmark06 : http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gamin g-graphics-charts-q3-2008/3DMark06-v1-1-