I currently have a P3-866 (Tyan Trinity mobo) with 512 MB PC133 RAM, SB Live Value and an Asus v7100 GF2 MX with 32 MB RAM. Is it worth upgrading to a GF3 with that CPU? I was thinking of getting the Asus 8200, but am wondering if I will see much performance increase with my CPU. Thanks in advance.
Your worried about not haveing enough CPU? Give me a break! Your CPU is powerfull enough for the next TWO GENERATIONS of video cards.
The main reason I would not buy a GF3 if I were you is this-whenever nVidia releases a new GPU, the first generation is ok, but the next one is far better. Look at the Riva-it was OK for a few months, but the Riva ZX was ok for a couple YEARS. The TNT was OK, but the TNT2 was OK for a couple YEARS. The GeForce 256 was OK, but the GeForce2 GTS has been OK for over a year now! So we will look back at the GF3 in the same way-a transition product.
The only reason to upgrade is if you really really want the "latest and greatest." But I mean, come on, you could be spending that cash on something better.
In my experience, the components that tend to go outdated the fastest are the CPU and secondly, the video card. So I think it is a total waste to get the fastest card or cpu in those areas since you're basically going to upgrade them again anyway if you want to keep up.
<b>Does it work?</b>
<b>Ok, How <i>well</i> does it work?</b>
Every 3D app depends on certain task accomplished by the CPU and others by the graphics card. In that respect, a GeForce3 will significantly perform better than a GeForce2 on an 866, but a PIII 100 will do even better. In fact, you would probably need a 1.4GHz Athlon with a highly overclocked GTS in order to match a GF3 on an 866 in 3DMark 2001.
3dmark2001 is dx8 geforce 2 is designed for dx7... the gefoce 3 for dx8 therefore it will be hard to match the geforce 3 with the geforce 2 on 3dmark2001 but try 3dmark2000 and a geforce ultra tends to beat the geforce 3...
if in doubt blame microsoft...
a 1.4ghz tbird w/ geforce2 gts wouldnt even be close to a p3 866 w/ geforce 3. maybe if it was an ultra though. without tweaking the 1.4tbird would get roughly 3500 while the p3 would get well over 4000
Maybe, the point I was making is that PIII 866 is fast enough to take advantage of the improved performance of the GF3. In fact, the Pentium 6000E would probably even see an improvement with it. You have to go back to Katmai days or even earlier before the processor actually prevents significantly improved scores with significanlty improved graphics.
Yes, well, if there were a low performance DX8 card out, I would be willing to compare the GF3/PIII 866 to a much faster computer with the cheaper card, but their really isn't, and the GF3 is what he ask about.
For that matter, a PIII 866 w/Ultra would probably beet an Athlon 1.4 with MX in 3D-Mark 2000. My point being that the processor is still fast enough to show improvements of better cards.