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Asus nVidia 7600 GS to a XFX nVidia 8600 GTS

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February 11, 2009 1:33:10 PM

Hey guys,

I hope anyone can help me out!

I m a big fan of FSX, and because it s such a heavy game, I decided to change my "Asus nVidia 7600 GS" to a "XFX nVidia 8600 GTS"

When I compared the two on Tom's Hardware, the differences were huge (http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...[2084]=on&prod[2107]=on), with fps 2 to 3 times faster!!

Now that I installed the 8600GTS, I absolutely see no difference in results. Maybe it got a (little) bit better, but absolutely not what was supposed to happen keeping in mind the comparison made by Tom's Hardware... Vista, by the way, indicates an improvement from 5,1 to 5,9 in the system classification (so it did get better, exept in the game!! ???)

Settings in FSX are the same as they used to be.

Anyone that can help me? Motherboard that isn't cooperating (shouldn't be though! : MSI K9 NEO-F n-Force 550)??

By the way, I also installed (in the correct sockets) extra 2x512MB RAM DDR2 800Mhz on top of my 2x1GB DDR2 RAM 800Mhz, and it didn't have any effect at all, as indicated by Vista (it stayed 5,9)

Thanks!

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February 11, 2009 2:47:00 PM

The difference between the 7600GS and the 8600GTS in Toms hierarchy chart is 4 tiers. It says "I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel, and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance." You are getting better performance with the 8600GTS, it isn't a "huge" difference though.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
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February 11, 2009 3:33:48 PM

dirtmountain said:
The difference between the 7600GS and the 8600GTS in Toms hierarchy chart is 4 tiers. It says "I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel, and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance." You are getting better performance with the 8600GTS, it isn't a "huge" difference though.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...


thank you for the fast reply! I wasn't aware of the tier-thing (for me differences in fps - such as 21.30 vs 13.60; 25.90 vs 11.90; 22.20 vs 9.10 - say a lot! And since I didn't get any difference in fps, I kind of freaked out :-) )
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February 11, 2009 10:53:47 PM

The difference between a 7600 GT/GS and a 8600 GT is almost perceivable. My mother's computer ran 2 8600 GTs in SLI because I got them for $35 each. Unless I get that deal again I will never by another. Now she runs a GTX 280 that I got for $280 so things have changed!
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February 12, 2009 2:21:03 PM

The_Blood_Raven said:
The difference between a 7600 GT/GS and a 8600 GT is almost perceivable. My mother's computer ran 2 8600 GTs in SLI because I got them for $35 each. Unless I get that deal again I will never by another. Now she runs a GTX 280 that I got for $280 so things have changed!


It s not a 8600GT, but a 8600 GTS.. Anyway, I m happy for your mother :-)...
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February 12, 2009 2:30:58 PM

I've found that stepping of the second number in the string in nV's crazy naming system will usually work out for you. If you go from a 7600 to a 78-7900 the performance is markedly improved even if it's only from a GS to a GS.

However in your case I guess your stuck with what you've already purchased. But if you were to return it I'd suggest 8800GT which you can find for under $100 or a 4850HD which you can find for under $140 now.
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February 13, 2009 3:40:53 AM

Uhm 4850 is now hovering around 110 here was a post about it a while back .
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