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New Graphics card recommendation on par with GeForce 9800GT

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September 26, 2012 12:16:03 AM

Until now I was using an Albatron Geforce 9800GT 512MB card which I bought for ~100euros back in 2009.
http://www.mwave.com.au/productarchive.asp?sku=42050318

What was good about this card is that it had a 256bit memory bus / interface and pretty much every 3D game played nice and fast on high graphics settings @1280x1024 resolution (Aliens VS Predator 3, Rage, Command & Conquer 3 & 4, Duke Nukem Forever, Black Mesa Half Life Mod, HL2, etc...)

How ever it got toasted the other day, so I now I want to buy a new graphics card of at least equivalent performance and similar price range to play the upcoming Doom 3 BFG and some of the upcoming games. (Preferably nvidia as their drivers are better)

I checked the current nvidia cards, but noticed that all the cards of that price even though they have better & faster GPUs and more & better video RAM (DDR5 / 1GB/2GB), their memory bus / interface goes only up to 128bit or 192bit the most, which I imagine will bottleneck these cards.

Also I noticed that none of the current GFX cards feature a TV-Out output to connect my old CRT TV via Scart or RCA and I don't want to have to buy a new LCD/TFT TV.

My PC specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo @2.4GHZ
4GB Ram @800MHZ
Windows 7 32Bit
19" 4:3 TFT Eizo S1931 Monitor @60HZ

So which card should I get to cover my above needs?

Thanks in advance.
a b Î Nvidia
a c 105 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 12:27:11 AM

gt250 is a just little ( similar performance ) bit faster and I have no idea how doom3 will play. so, a 250 or better.
September 26, 2012 12:27:28 AM

If you're on a budget and you want Nvidia, you need to buy a used GPU because they don't have any good new options below the GTX 660 which is sitting at $220. It's possible you'll be able to find the 560ti at a good price - it is almost down to $150 in the US.

Your best bet would be an HD 7770. AMD has excellent single card driver support - it's only for multi-GPU stuff that you get into trouble with them.
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September 26, 2012 12:31:38 AM

a 256 bit bus on gddr3 is worse then a 192 bit bus on gddr5
September 26, 2012 12:44:33 AM

samuelohagan said:
a 256 bit bus on gddr3 is worse then a 192 bit bus on gddr5


Are you sure about that? Is that what benchmarks showed?

September 27, 2012 7:52:25 AM

I will upgrade Windows 7 Ultimate to 64bit at the same time when I buy the new card, so do you think I should get a 2GB Video card instead?

So after searching through various cards, I'm considering of getting one of the following 2:

1. Gainward GTX 560 Ti 1 GB 256bit
GPU Clockspeed: 822 Mhz
Memory Clock: 2004 Mhz
Shader Clock = 1645MHz
Cuda Cores = 384
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 52.5
Memory Bandwidth: 128.3 GB/s
http://www.getitnow.gr/prod/anabathmisi/kartes-grafikon/gainward-gtx-560-ti-gf-gtx-560-ti-1-gb/prod1030258pp/
http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=455&lang=en
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-560ti/specifications

2. EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FPB, 1024MB GDDR5 192bit
Free Performance Boost 823MHz Core Clock
Memory Clock = 2004 MHz (4008 MHz)
Shader Clock = 1646 MHz
Cuda Cores = 336
http://www.plaisio.gr/Computers/Hardware/SVGA/EVGA-GTX-460-FPB-PCI-Express-DDR5-1GB-VGA-PCI-X-EVGA-GTX-460-1GB-FPB.htm

Which I see is basically an overclocked version of the GTX 460 v2 1GB GDDR5
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-460/specifications

(I'm closer to the Gainward 560ti 1GB as the price seems to be good compared to the card's specs & performance)

So what is your opinion?
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