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Out for a while...need help on upgrading

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February 13, 2010 11:22:22 AM

I now have a Sparkle 8800GT512 passive cooling card... 2 year old.

I`ve just seen a Club3D HD5750 Noiseless Edition 1GB GDDR5 PCIE card at a very good price and I would like to know if this card is worth upgrading. The only game I play is Flight Simulator 1600x1200.

¿And the image quality?. I´ve never had an ATI card.

Regards. Thanks in advance.

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a b U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 12:08:35 PM

It's going to be an upgrade there's no doubt about it. That being said, Flight Sims are usually more CPU limited than GPU limited. The HD5750 is faster than your 8800, I just don't think you'll notice a difference in flight sims at 1600x1200 resolutions.
February 13, 2010 12:39:57 PM

HD5750 is obviously the better card, but do not forget to make sure your psu can cope with it
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a b U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 12:41:53 PM

The 5750 uses a 6 pin connector and should use around the same power as the 8800gt 512
February 13, 2010 12:47:02 PM

8800GT needs 400w psu, 5750 needs 450w psu
February 13, 2010 2:59:04 PM

Well then gentleman the perfomance of the 5750 is at most 10-20 % better then the 8800(depending on title) so performance wise this is NOT worth upgrading and as you already own a silent card already than you shouldn't consider upgrading to an 5750.
For a graphics upgrade I would recommend an ATI 5770 1 Gb DDR 5 at least.
Check the fallowing chart for performace details : http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-card...[3252]=on&prod[3235]=on
February 13, 2010 3:47:24 PM

Thank you, everybody. regards
a c 376 U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 4:02:49 PM

Flightsimluke said:
8800GT needs 400w psu, 5750 needs 450w psu

The HD5750 uses significantly less power than the 8800GT.
I highly recommend you entirely ignore manufacturers suggestions about video cards power requirements. They have nothing to do with reality.
a c 376 U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 4:09:21 PM

Mobutu said:
Well then gentleman the perfomance of the 5750 is at most 10-20 % better then the 8800(depending on title) so performance wise this is NOT worth upgrading and as you already own a silent card already than you shouldn't consider upgrading to an 5750.

This
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_5750_i...
Shows the HD5750 as 28% better than 9800GT overall and if I remember properly the 9800GT is slightly faster than the 8800GT. The HD5770 would be a better upgrade but I don't recall seeing any passively cooled versions of that card if that is what he is looking for.
February 13, 2010 6:46:25 PM

jyjjy said:
The HD5750 uses significantly less power than the 8800GT.
I highly recommend you entirely ignore manufacturers suggestions about video cards power requirements. They have nothing to do with reality.


Not in my previous experiences. A friend attempting to run a GT240 card on a 200w ancient power supply was devistated to find it did not support it.
a c 376 U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 7:00:22 PM

lol
200w is terrible. I don't see what that has to do with what I said. I wasn't saying to ignore power requirements altogether, all I said was the one's from the manufacturer are almost uniformly inflated and inaccurate.
February 14, 2010 10:47:34 AM

jyjjy said:
lol
200w is terrible. I don't see what that has to do with what I said. I wasn't saying to ignore power requirements altogether, all I said was the one's from the manufacturer are almost uniformly inflated and inaccurate.

Well, the GT240 requirements were obviously NOT "inflated and inaccurate"
a c 376 U Graphics card
February 14, 2010 7:21:52 PM

Oh, I'm sure it is. Why do you think otherwise?
200w is not something you should put any kind of serious video card on. 250w would give me pause when recommend any but the the weakest cards. Your friend trying to run a GT 240 on a 200w PSU was just stupid and has nothing to do with this. When trying to figure out what PSU can run what video card the manufacturers recommendation is not something to take seriously and your statement that "8800GT needs 400w psu, 5750 needs 450w psu" simply has no basis in reality(actually the 8800GT recommendation is decent but I wouldn't hesitate recommending the HD5750 for someone with a quality 350w PSU.)
February 15, 2010 9:24:54 AM

''QUALITY'' Psu, eh?
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