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Graphics card needed for Age of Conan

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May 25, 2008 5:06:44 AM

First off, I am one of the many that are having problems with Age of Conan and extremely low FPS. I am runing Phen quad core 2.2 AM2+ Asus MB 8G OCZ ram and windows Vista 64.

Here is my dilema. Both cards are around $270 CAD the local store only has the following 2 cards in my price range. Currently i have a 3850 and just want to break the damn thing in half. These are 2 really similar cards but I just want to pick the right one, there is no way the wife is going to allow me to upgrade again anytime soon.

Here are the two cards I am looking at:

BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB PCIe 2.0

Performance
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
Core Clock 675MHz (vs. 650MHz standard)
Shader Clock 1674MHz (vs. 1625MHz standard)
Texture Fill Rate 43.2 Billion/sec.
Stream Processors 128

Memory
Video Memory 512MB
Memory Type GDDR3
Memory Data Rate 1940MHz
Memory Bandwidth 62.1GB/sec.


AND

XFX 8800GTS 512 (G92) Alpha Dog Edition
Core Speed 650 Mhz
Memory 512 MB GDDR3
Memory Speed 1940 Mhz
Memory Bus 256-bit
Stream Processors 128
Shader Clock 1625 Mhz
ROP's 16
PCI-E Interface

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-review-2.html

Or should i wait and get one the 9800 series that is similar in price ?

Thank you all in advance. Appreciate your time.
May 25, 2008 5:09:25 AM

If I were you I'd wait for the HD 4k and GTX200s coming very soon.
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May 25, 2008 5:35:47 AM

^
agree, at least give it a couple weeks till some reliable benchmarks come out. Turn your settings down low and grit your teeth and bear it for just a short time.
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May 25, 2008 6:12:33 AM

What are the ball park prices coming out on those cards?
May 25, 2008 6:34:33 AM

Use google, ball park prices are already out for the 48XX series
May 25, 2008 7:38:37 AM

Your phenom is what is causing your troubles, games cpu requirements are ridiculous, and many people are able to get good frame rates with a cpu that is 3.0+ gigs.
May 25, 2008 8:18:31 AM

His Phenom is the problem, you must be joking....? Its a quad core, that 2.2ghz is around an effective 5.3ghz. If it was a 2.2ghz P4 then thats what would be causing the troubles. Even a E6500 is just fine for this game.

Anyways, I have a 8800GT oc'ed to 700mhz and I run at 1680 x 1050 on the Medium preset with 2x AA and AF at 8, with shadows turned off (there is very little loss to visuals with shadows off compared to on with low detail). Before turning shadows off I was averaging around 50fps, after i turned shadows off im averaging around 70, 100 indoors. The 8800GT or the G92 GTS will get the job done, but like others said I recomend waiting for the ATI 4870, screw the GTX 200's.
May 25, 2008 9:34:03 AM

Its a crippled quad core. And 2.2 gigs is not even close to the cpu requirements for the game. Its not multithreaded, so the whole 5.3 ghz effectiveness is nill.
May 25, 2008 10:02:50 AM

actually, it IS multithreaded (at least according to the box i have next to me :p 
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