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9800GTX to GTX260 core 216 performance increase?

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June 12, 2009 4:34:18 AM

Hello. I am considering buying a GTX260 core 216 and replacing my 9800GTX. However I am unsure of the performance increase I would see. I mostly play UT3.

Planning to get:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Already have (isn't on newegg anymore):
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9800_gtx_u...

Would I notice a significant performance increase? ? How would that handle intense fights with a lot of people compared to the 9800?

System specs:

650W PSU
GA-EP45-UD3P mobo
Intel Q9550 2.8ghz
2gb DDR2 800 RAM
Windows XP 32 bit
BGF 9800GTX
Playing on 1440x900 resolution
June 12, 2009 6:04:21 AM

Yes it will improve your framerates but only slightly. You'll need to overclock your CPU to get the most out of the new videocard. It's like getting a porsche and driving on an empty freeway but there's a mechanical device under the gas pedal that only lets you step on it halfway. That device is your CPU.

At 3.0 Ghz, my e8400 and XFX GTX 260 gets a 14K score on 3dMark06. At 4.0 Ghz, it gets over 18K.

June 12, 2009 6:10:37 AM

hundredislandsboy said:
At 3.0 Ghz, my e8400 and XFX GTX 260 gets a 14K score on 3dMark06. At 4.0 Ghz, it gets over 18K.

And you don't think the CPU score has anything to do with it?
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June 12, 2009 6:21:00 AM

In UT3 OC your cpu might do more then getting a GTX 260 you'll see an improvement there is no doubt but it would be minimal and probably not worth it what's your resolution?
June 12, 2009 9:00:00 AM

randomizer said:
And you don't think the CPU score has anything to do with it?



Exactly my point. You'll get more value from the GTX 260 with an overclocked FSB. Why put in a high performance card if the rest of the system won't keep up?
June 12, 2009 2:06:56 PM

He'll get more value from the 9800GTX if he overclocked, too.
June 12, 2009 2:25:02 PM

At 3.0 Ghz, my e8400 and XFX GTX 260 gets a 14K score on 3dMark06. At 4.0 Ghz, it gets over 18K. said:
At 3.0 Ghz, my e8400 and XFX GTX 260 gets a 14K score on 3dMark06. At 4.0 Ghz, it gets over 18K.


you have to wonder as well as to how much that score increase affects real world game performance.
June 12, 2009 3:10:30 PM

3dmark06 has not been a viable benchmark for years (if ever..).

While not everyone overclocks the CPU, to play at such a low resolution as 1440*900 and not OC you are really hampering things. Though the CPU is fine and dandy, just not running as fast as it could :D .

For that resolution I would not advise you to upgrade at all frankly. Perhaps OC a bit, but certainly not replace a 9800GTX, it is plenty.
June 13, 2009 1:32:46 AM

hundredislandsboy said:
Exactly my point. You'll get more value from the GTX 260 with an overclocked FSB. Why put in a high performance card if the rest of the system won't keep up?

I don't think he'll see a major difference in most games, although UT3 is somewhat CPU bound because it's not particularly taxing on the GPU. When you're talking about increasing your framerate with a CPU overclock from 100FPS to 110FPS it's not much of an issue anyway. 3.2GHz is a mild OC that should give the system that extra bit of grunt and should be easy to reach so it's worth the miniscule effort.

wh3resmycar said:
you have to wonder as well as to how much that score increase affects real world game performance.


In Supreme Commander it means alot. In most games you'd be lucky to see a difference.
June 13, 2009 9:26:14 AM

To sum things up, it looks like the majority of the posts are saying no you won't see a significant gain. Your Quad Core is sufficient now just needs a slight overclock to push the 9800 a little harder if you feel the need to do so.
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