is it time for a new video card?????
is it time for a new video card?????
Correct, its all in the video card, you need a card with direct X hardware support to get a decent score in 2003. Bear in mind any old DX9 card would be a bad investment though as they would lack spee din ever day usage. Ideally you want to be looking at the Radeon 9500 Pro/9700/9800 and Gf Fx5900Quote:
i see you guys are saying around 6000 or 5000 somone please tell me how the heck you did that
are u saying by just getting a new video card it will make it run like 2 to 3 thousand points higher?!?!?!?!?!?!?!:eek:
In a word, yes, try not to think of 3dmark2003 as an indicator of your cards speed like 3dmark2001 was, think of it more as an indicator of speed for cards with Direct X 9.0 hardware support only and an ego-bashing for those who dont own one
My Best 2003 score was 7729. A easy way to raise it alittle was someone told me to unplug monitor while it's running 3D Mark, I guess it helped because I got a better score the next time I ran it. Also you should check your graphics cards setting, goto Control Panel -- Display/Settings Tab/Advanced Button -- Check the tabs for settings on performance for me theres a Open GL and Direct 3D tab where you can set it to quality or performance, put everything on performance. I had it all on quality when I ran 3D Mark 2001 SE and I got 22.3k then when I set it to all performance I went up to 23.25k. I have a ATI 9800 Pro, for NVIDIA I know it's almost the same.
what do you recomend a 9800 or a 5900 and dose the 256 mb cards make that significant of a diffrence??
ya right now im overclocking my video card which i noticed it made a sizable diffrence from 2053 to my 2200 bu thats so small of a diffrence compared to all of yours, maby ill go to the store and buy a new card what do u all recomend
also in maximum pc it says that the new cards like the nvidias and ati have drivers that are tweaked for benchmarking software to make them look faster than they realy are, i just wanted to put that into consideration
9800 Pro is better than the 5900 and yes 256 makes a difference. I have a overclocked 9800 Pro 256 and it runs VERY well. I have a friend with a similar set up as me and he has a overclocked 9800 pro 128 and I get much better fps on high quality games, such as PlanetSide. The FX series is 'okay' but check out www.futuremark.com and compair, the 9800 pro out performs the 5900's, I compaired my score with someone with almost the exact same set up except for g-cards, where he had a 256 5900 and I have a 9800 I did atleast 1.6k+ better.
I recommed the 9800 Pro 128mb over the FX5900 or the 256mb cards. For me the FX5900 is far too expensive and looks to have no real upperhand in real world performance over the 9800 Pro, running equal to in most cases and faster/slower than it in a few instances.
As fir 256mb cards, it doesnt really make that much of a difference on the 9800 Pro as ive read it, it doesnt seem theres enough bandwith to the additional ram to really make use of it, besides most games are only just exceedign 64mb of Vram needed, nevermind 128mb. The only real area 256mb seems to add any is when playing in realy high resoultion with Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering on and usually in these circumstances, most games are so slow that the marginal performance boost gained is still not enough
Thats probably right, although I had a 128 on my system and it didn't seem to run as well as the 256, also when I overclocked my 256 I was able to get about 15MHz more out of it than the 128, I could probably get more but I'd hate to damage it; editing cards bios.Quote:
Originally posted by Bigjakkstaffa
The only real area 256mb seems to add any is when playing in realy high resoultion with Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering on and usually in these circumstances, most games are so slow that the marginal performance boost gained is still not enough
ok so you recomend i get the 9800 pro 128mb? thanks for all of your help
Yup, my 128mb 9800 Pro was actually bought (today) as a Sapphire 9800 for 220quid. Got it home and flashed the BIOS for the regular 9800 Pro onto it and voila, ive got myself a fully fledged 'pro' and a saving of 100 quid ;)
Apparently this process has a very good success rate on all cards equipped with Samsung 2.0/2.8/3.0/3.3ns RAM, and you get the overclocking headroom of the regular 9800 Pro as well, where normally the 9800 wont even overclock to pro level
ok thx ill try to round up some money and buy myself one
thanks for all of your help, if i get one ill tell you how it goes
Congrats on the new card, Bigjakkstaffa! Yeah baby, yeah.
Its the shiznit, im well pleased considering the money ive saved and i think ive timed it nicely as ive got a month at least now in which to earn some money to replenish my bank accoutn before
Hi, I'm an Nvidia fan... but I live in a real world.
I must tell you that FX5900 Ultra has the crown right now.
Look at this:
Higher frame rates
Highest Price ever =)
To be honest... if you can waste money... buy the newest Nvidia. I wish there were more ATI in my country cause I want to test those video cards at reasonable prices, but I still love NVIDIA :p
Good Luck with your new ATI