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Title: New video card, FINALLY!
Post by: Dead Reckon on May 18, 2010, 11:10:08 PM
Finally replaced my horrible 8500GT 512MB 128 bit PCI-E 1.0 GPU with a 8800GTS, however, I do have a cooling question I should've posted here about the card.

Here's a link to the cooling question:,104950.msg708883.html#msg708883

Anyway, here are the spec's of the new card:

640MB 320 bit GDDR3, 1600MHz effective clock, 61.9 GB/s bandwidth

G80GTS Core, 90nm die, 500MHz core clock

1200MHz Shader Clock

20 pixel pipelines

Pixel Fillrate is 10260 MPixel/s

Texel Fillrate is 24624 MTexel/s

DX10 and OpenGL 2.0 support

96 Stream Processors

PCI-E x16 1.0

Dual link DVI and HDCP supported

SLI supported, might use that feature if I can find another 640MB G80GTS core GPU.

This is the card I bought:

I paid $60 for it, not a bad deal at all if you ask me. I'd have rather had the G92 based 8800 than the G80GTS though.
Title: Re: New video card, FINALLY!
Post by: Calum on May 19, 2010, 12:11:00 PM
Nice upgrade you got there, and that's not too bad a price either.
Stand by and I'll be onto your cooling question.
Title: Re: New video card, FINALLY!
Post by: Computer Hope Admin on May 28, 2010, 02:47:07 AM
Looks good. Run any tests on the card or notice any significant improvement of FPS in your games?
Title: Re: New video card, FINALLY!
Post by: Dead Reckon on June 10, 2010, 11:35:48 AM
Sorry for the delay on the reply, I've been sucked into video game world.  :o

Anyway, yeah, I could easily say this card is five times better than my old 8500GT, I could barely run Grand Theft Auto 4 @ 1024x768 with everything turned down on the 8500GT 512MB GPU. I've got the 8800GTS 640MB 320 bit GPU running it at 1280x1024 @ medium high settings @ about 30-60FPS average, though the FPS drops to about 5-25FPS when I record with FRAPS.

I have Fallout 3 running at Ultra High settings @ 1280x1024 @ about 40-140FPS.

However, my GPU, it's still the bottleneck in my computer, my CPU never goes above 75% utilization, and my RAM never exceeds 60% utilization (3GB DDR2 800, would have 3.5GB but the WDM driver eats 512MB of RAM as shared VRAM). I think I'll wait a while and swap the GPU again later on when GTX 260's become affordable. That will most certainly be the last upgrade I do to this machine aside from maybe installing a quad core, though that's unlikely. My overclocked Core 2 Duo E4500 performs very nicely, seeing as most programs do not even support multithreading in Windows XP. I will probably upgrade this system to Windows 7 64 bit if that operating system becomes affordable (and stable) before I replace this system.

This isn't to say, however, that I am at all unsatisfied with my graphics card. It has far exceeded my expectations, I'm sure the card that replaces it will do the same. Though that will not be for some time, I'm content with the performance this card is giving me for now, it's the best graphics card I've ever owned.

As for tests on the card, I ran 3dmark06 on my 8500, I scored less than 4,000 marks, with the 8800GTS, I scored over 10,000 marks. I'm sure my system could score much more than that with a better GPU, but as I said, I am more than content with the 8800GTS. Though, I will say, I'd rather have a 8800GTS 512MB 256 bit G92 based GPU than the 640MB 320 bit G80GTS based GPU I have, but the G92 version only performs a slight bit better. In all honesty, the 9800GTX+ 512MB 256 bit is only about 12% better than this graphics card, so my next upgrade will have to be a leap larger than that. The GTX260's are more than 25% more powerful than this GPU in most cases, so, once the Fermi core GTX 4xx GPU's start to become popular, I'll get a GTX260. Until then, I am more than satisfied with this graphics card, though, my computer can now effectively be used as a space heater in the winter, all I have to do is run 3dmark06 maxed out @ 1280x1024 and the GPU will get to about 160F.
Title: Re: New video card, FINALLY!
Post by: Computer Hope Admin on June 10, 2010, 03:30:55 PM
Very impressive and thanks for the follow up.  ;D
Title: Re: New video card, FINALLY!
Post by: Dead Reckon on June 10, 2010, 06:38:58 PM
You're welcome, oh, forgot to mention, I've got this GPU overclocked about 26% now, equivalent to a factory overclock you could get on a similar G80GTS 8800GTS.

GPU Core (Geometric Domain) 648MHz, original 513MHz, 26% overclock
GPU Core (Shader Domain) 1512MHz, original 1188MHz, overclock 27%
GPU memory clock 999MHz (1998MHz effective memory clock), original 792MHz, overclock 26%

If you want to see how well my desktop performs, check out

My Youtube Profile (

Some of the video's are choppy 'cause my GPU does not do so well encoding video while driving at a hundred miles an hour in GTA:IV  ;D


Some of these video's contain content which some people may find offensive, do not watch these if you do not like violence, mayhem, vulgarity, or utter nonsensical madness.