I'm getting a Dell XPS 8300 machine, and I'm wondering if I should keep the existing OEM video card which is a 1GB GeForce GDDR5 GT 545 or replace it with my XFX Alpha Dog Edition GeForce 8800GT from my old XPS 420 PC. I wasn't able to direct comparisons between the cards very well, as the 545 came out quite recently. With the XPS 8300 computer being a fair bit newer than my old XPS 420 which I'm upgrading from, I'm wondering if putting my old 8800 GT card in the XPS 8300 would actually be a bad idea, even though the card itself has done very well for me.
I believe they both use PCI Express Gen 2, but I might be wrong. Can anyone confirm that it's even a possibility for me to put my old 8800GT card in my XPS 8300? I'm wondering specifically if the fact that the new card is GDDR5 while the old card is GDDR3 would be a problem.
Sorry, these are rather noob questions. Oh, and I haven't received the XPS 8300 yet, which is why I can't determine if the one will work on the other.
Both cards sit in the same performance tier. The 545 has the advantage of DX11 support (though it's not powerful enough to really use it and still get acceptable framerates) and simply being a newer card. The 545 will probably last longer than the 8800GT, the 8800GT has a much higher chance of dying on you in the near future, or at the very least having the thermal paste degrade necessitating a new application of thermal paste. Current nvidia drivers are also much more likely to be optimized for the 545 than they will be for the 8800GT. As said above in DX9 and 10 games, the 545 will be a little bit faster, but not by a huge margin.
Hmmm... that's interesting. So the performance will be similar then? I have no idea if the 8800 is even sold these days anymore or what an OEM 545 would sell for... are we talking $125-150 in terms of value in present-day?
Lastly, just in case, would it even work to put the 8800 into my XPS 8300 PC? I think they have the same PCI connection...
Oh, and the other choice for an OEM card is the GT530, which is $40 less. How would that compare in a general terms to the 545?