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Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB
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Whatever the resolution, the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB comes in just behind the 8800 GTX, which manages to keep the lead. Nevertheless, the gap isn't bigger than 10%. However, we notice that the performances of the new 8800 GTS have difficulties distinguishing themselves from the 8800 GT under Test Drive Unlimited. The increase is only of 8% whatever the resolution (give or take 1%), which is disappointing knowing the gap in raw throughput reaches 24%. TDU is using a lot of textures and is quite sensitive to memory bandwidth, which doesn't really evolve.

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    eisley , December 15, 2012 8:46 AM
    Hi, this is a tricky question, I think. I'm curious. How come a 5 year old video card is only 9 tiers down below the more recent and super powerful 7970 GHz Ed.? (From your most recent Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart) And also it is 8 tiers above the pretty cool Intel HD Graphics 4000?

    Does that mean its specs and 512 MB are enough to work with media and play nicely most nowadays games? (at medium-high settings?) I know that does not only depend on the video card, but that chart suggest that.

    This can be silly, but I'm looking for a video card like this one. I have a Core 2 Duo E8400 3Ghz/4Gb/IntelQ45 machine that I'd like to improve by adding this video card. Any piece of advice? I'd appreciate it very much. (I know I can try upgrading to some Core 2 Quad, but I'm not to much into games nor editing).

    Mostly, what I'd like, besides casual medium-high settings gamming, is what I see in my monitor (videos, images, Windows 7 user interface) is crisp and clear, -much- more than usual. I like high-definition views :) 

    Please, advice me on that matter. Thank you for your review. That video card looks like it's amazing. And is not that expensive.

    - Leo.

    (Cheers from Peru!)

    Pd: My pc is an original HP Compaq dc7900 Convertible Minitower PC. And my monitor is a Full HD TV (LG LD650) I have another 3D one, and use this one for my comp. And, I'd like the video card to have an HDMI port to conect through it this monitor I use. DVI does the same? Btw.

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    eisley , December 17, 2012 6:27 PM
    I think I should have said "my monitor will be a Full HD TV (LG LD650)." I couldn't get it to work with my pc cause I need a cable. Which I thought I had. I'll write more details soon. Going to reply the other post. Thanks. ^^