I just bought this Sapphire card. So far I am really disappointed. I have a P4 3.00 GHZ system with 2Gb ddr ram and a 570W power supply. I tried dx10 futuremark benchmarks.. I get 3 fps at 1280x800! I then tried 3dmark06 and I get 7 fps atthe same resolution. What is this a joke? I read here and there that this card is able to run at 40/60 fps. Is my card defective? How can I diag it?
Did you install the appropriate drivers? The drivers off that ATI site will NOT work, you must get the AGP drivers from Sapphire because the 4650 was originally designed as a PCI-E card but OEMs modified it and its drivers to support AGP slots so there are special drivers for it.
Your card is ok and should be able to run new games ok on mid settings...
Sounds like a driver problem to me, also go into your BIOS and check your AGP BUS speed....and set it to '8x' if possible, although '4x' should be sufficient for your card.
Yeh your CPU is old but still ok to run most games!!! (Overclock if you can to help it also.)
As above some1 mentioned....make sure you have correct drivers and MAKE SURE YOU DONT HAVE EVERY SETTING MAXED -it will hurt the performance ALOT - that means 0xAA and maybe 4xAF at the most and set all detail textures to Medium when playing newish games.....also disable 'v-sync' wherever possible.
You dont NEED a new PC...should be ok for another year.