I plan to upgrade my video card to play oblivion at 1280 x 1024 everything maxed except for shelf shadow HDR + AA too. I'm not sure whether the "chuck patch" still works for HD 2000 cards. Can anyone confirm this? However I searched google and found some claims that 8800GTS or GTX can run Oblivion with HDR + AA at once, but there is no clear explaination on what is needed and what to do to make Oblivion run with HDR + AA. Does anyone know anything about this?
I don't live in US so I can't use newegg as a reference for price and performance. Currently 2900 Pro is $269.99 here and 8800GTS is also $269.99
The price of 2900 Pro may shift up or the card may be simply gone because of scarce supply in Canada. If I buy Pro instead of GTS I'm going to flash 2900 Pro's BIOS to XT and run it at the stock speed of that of XT and use stock cooler.
Now, I wanna know how well these cards run in Oblivion, and which card should I go for, or any alternatives. I'm looking for 25+ FPS in forest areas, and using HDR + AA at the same time. I use Win Xp Pro Sp2 and have intention to use Vista. Also, do I need a new power supply for either 8800GTS 320 or 2900 Pro? Can my case fit either cards? Your help is appreciated.
At stock speeds the 8800GTS seems a bit ahead. Firingsquad tests the most demanding Foliage area of the game, so it's a good guide to look at as in other areas performance should be higher.
If you don't mind a little more noise, the 8800GT coming out tomorrow should beat both these cards for the same or less money. Stinks it looks to be a hot, loud, single slot card, but it's performance per buck is yummy.