I am still debating between the ATI 3850 256MB and Nvidia 8800 gt 256MB. The 8800 gt's price is too close to the 512 version. And the 3850 seems to be having a lot of driver problems. Which one????? Is there anyone who is running the 3850 with Vista home premium 32 bit with no problems? I can't afford over 200 bucks.
Neither the 8800 or the 3850 have the greatest drivers atm. Many 8800GT users are still having lock-ups and crashes in their games. That being said, I don't think you can go wrong either way.
If you're going to run at 1440x900 or below, then go for the 8800GT 256MB for about $200 or the HD 3850 for about $160-170. All driver issues will be worked out soon, at least they better be based on the shear volume of customers for both of the aforementioned cards.
Anyways, don't let it bug you too much. If you have to, flip a coin, you should be happy with either card = they will greatly exceed the capabilities of your integrated grahpics.
Erm 7.11 are the newest ATI drivers out atm. As for problems i've had hell with them but for a single card setup the 7.10 drivers work best or maybe the 7.11 with the crysis hotfix. Go 3850 over 8800. The 8800 does draw more money from your pocket it's that damn lure of slightly more power, but honestly a 3850 is great for the price.
If you read your details in CCC --> Information Center --> Graphics Software you will notice the Crysis hotfix is a modified 7.11 driver still. Just the way i typed it didn't sound clear i suppose. In my defence i have just finished a night shift .
You'll enjoy a 3870 from the x1950. I have the 1950 but 512 in my second rig, power hungry little devil ( i went through 3 thats right 3 PSU's to get it going a Hiper580 wasn't enough!!). If i disable crossfire i still max every game i own bar Crysis so i'm sure you'll be grinning like a 'sane' person in an insane asylem .
You don't need to install .NET on Vista for CCC. .NET 3.0 is included and it can run both .NET 2.0 and 3.0 applications. As for .NET 3.5, like its predecessor, just a superset of 3.0 so it can run 3.5, 3.0 and 2.0 .NET applications.
Wow, just me that thought it strange, that they had so high settings even the GTX struggles at <30 frames?
If you crank up the settings so the amount of memory is used up, you will not even get a frame at that particular test.
Who says that a 256MB card should even attempt a benchmark at 19x12 with filters enabled?
I wouldn't recommend any card other then the Ultra or SLI/Xfire if even the GTX struggled.
Those benches just told me to go with a GTS 512 or higher.
lol still deciding, I think it was your first post here a few months ago that you asked about video cards..
PS I agree with ethel
It was a few months back and that was my first question. So I have been ''suffering'' with intergrated. Yeah I agree with Ethel too..... Sooooo if 200 bones is my limit and the 8800 gt 512 is over 200 then using deductive reasoning the 3850 would be the clear choice. I just didn't want any driver trouble, so I guess I will just grab a 3850.
Anyone know the best brand and place to purchase? I was going to get it off the Egg or Bestbuy.
I just got the 3850 JUST RIGHT NOW and the 7.10 drivers refuse to install, but the 7.11 installs fine. Also, I keep getting an error related to MS Framework
Before everyone jumps to too many conclusions about the hd3850 being so much better than the 8800gt 256mb, the firingsquad review should probably be considered since they used newer drivers than legitreviews. The 8800gt 256 outperforms the hd3850 at 1280x1024 in nearly every game by large margins in some cases. The hd3850 is a great deal for the money, but for ~$30 more the 8800gt 256mb offers a noticeable performance boost that many consider worth it.