I'm not really knowledgable about graphics cards. I recently got a new GeForce 4 Ti 4200 but I get really choppy framerate in games even with settings turned low. Here is my information:
CPU: AMD Athalon XP 2000+
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
[ NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X ]
Video Adapter Properties:
Device Description NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X
BIOS String Version 184.108.40.206.00
Chip Type GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X
DAC Type Integrated RAMDAC
Installed Drivers nv4_disp (220.127.116.1103 - nVIDIA Detonator 53.03)
Memory Size 128 MB
Motherboard ID 62-1029-001131-00101111-040201-SiS735$K7S5AK7S5A Release 10/29/2002 S
Motherboard Name ECS K7S5A
Motherboard Chipset SiS735
Motherboard Chipset SiS 735
DRAM Slot #1 512 MB (PC2100 DDR SDRAM)
AGP Version 2.00
AGP Status Enabled
AGP Aperture Size 64 MB
Supported AGP Speeds 1x, 2x, 4x
Current AGP Speed 4x
Fast-Write Not Supported
Side Band Addressing Supported, Enabled
Is there any other information I can give that would help? Is my motherboard not allowing me to use the graphic card to its full potential? What is slowing down my games? Why do I always get a choppy framerate, even though I exceed the optimal requirements on them?
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Jusl89 on 12/22/03 04:07 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Homeworld 2, Hitman 2, Unreal 2, Temple of Evil, Silent Storm. I run at 1600 X 1200 resolution, but that doesn't matter since I get choppy framerates at any resolution. I have all aliasing and filtering application controlled, which is usually off.
First off, your video card is not fast enough to run effectively at that high a resolution. Even if you fix the problem you won't know it because it's going to run choppy at 1600*1200, so bring it down to 1024*768 for game testing. That's probably the highest effective resolution you'll get with that card in most of those games anyway.
Unreal2 is going to run crapily on your rig no matter what you do. It's a system hog.
Hitman 2 should run pretty quick., it's based on the Quake3 engine. Use that game as your benchmark.
If you're system is running Hitman2 choppily at 1024*768, something is wrong. You have a decent amount of system memory and your processor is OK. Could be many things going wrong, let's start at the beginning...
Do you have lots of programs running in the background? Kazaa, virus scanners, and spyware will all slow your system down to a crawl if you let them get out of hand.
First off download adaware or spybot, run it and let it do it's business. It will remove spyware and other stupid programs you probably don't even know are running.
Is Kazaa running? Shut it off. Are you buring CD's while playing (haha)? Don't. Close office, your e-maiol program, all background stuff. Make sure that valuable memory and CPU isn't being taxed by wasteful non-game process!