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Old 01-09-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default Need help with new video card

I went out and bought myself a BFG 7600 GS video card. I'm in the Test Drive Unlimited beta, and my old Radeon 9600XT just wan't up to the task, with that card the game ran, at beat, probably 15 frames per second. Not good enough, so I bought a new card. For some reson, the card seems to be no better, or in TDU's case, much much slower. I wish I knew why. It's a 512mb card, and when I set the agp arpeture size in BIOS to 512mb, the computer won't post. Setting the size to 256mb allows it to boot. Maybe that has something to do with it? I downloaded the newest drivers from Nvidia, and they didn't help at all. Someone tell me what to do! I spent 180 bucks on the card, and to get lower performance is pissing me off.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:04 PM   #2
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The AGP aperture size is not the same thing as the amount of video RAM. Generally it's best to leave that setting at its default. Since you switched manufacturers for your upgrade, it's important to run a utility called Driver Cleaner (no link, sorry. Google it) to remove all traces of the previous drivers. A reformat is even better than that if it's an option.

I'm sure we can help you more if you post the rest of your computer's specs.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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> I'm sure we can help you more if you post the rest of your
> computer's specs.
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Athlon XP 2400
ECS K7S5A
512mb pc2700 + 256mb pc2100
160gb Seagate + 250gb Maxtor
350watt Enermax powersupply
Windows XP pro SP2
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:00 PM   #4
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> Athlon XP 2400
> ECS K7S5A
> 512mb pc2700 + 256mb pc2100
> 160gb Seagate + 250gb Maxtor
> 350watt Enermax powersupply
> Windows XP pro SP2

Hmm...any CD/DVD drives?

350w PSU might be fine with your current config, but I would recommend looking into upgrading it or at least holding off on adding anymore components to your system.

Unless I'm mistaken, you essentially have 768 megs of RAM running at PC2100. For your next upgrade, find out the fastest RAM that your mobo can support and get at least a gig of that instead of mixing and matching.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:17 PM   #5
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Oh, I forgot.

1 4x dvd burner


The K7S5A is just a cheap board, all it supports is 1gb last time I checked.
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:00 PM   #6
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> The K7S5A is just a cheap board, all it supports is 1gb last
> time I checked.

I did some quick research and it also looks like your board can support up to DDR 266 (PC 2100). Since your PC 2700 is 'forced' to run at a slower speed, I believe it impacts performance more than if you had another stick of PC 2100 RAM in there.

So I would definitely recommend getting two pairs of 512 meg PC 2100 RAM as your next upgrade. You'll probably notice a dramatic performance increase across the board.

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Old 01-09-2007, 11:33 PM   #7
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> Athlon XP 2400
> ECS K7S5A
> 512mb pc2700 + 256mb pc2100
> 160gb Seagate + 250gb Maxtor
> 350watt Enermax powersupply

The reason you didn't see an improvement by upgrading your video card is because the rest of your system is being throttled by your CPU and RAM.
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:56 AM   #8
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> The reason you didn't see an improvement by upgrading your
> video card is because the rest of your system is being
> throttled by your CPU and RAM.
>

It's not that I didn't see a performance improvement, it's that I had a performance loss, things ran much slower on the new card thanthey did on the old one. I did some searching and it seems a lot of people have had problems with the 7600 GS, now sometimes those can be fixed with a chipset driver update, but since my motherboard is as old as it is, the newest update didn't improve the performance one bit. I took the card back and exchanged it for a Radeon X1650 pro. Hopefully it'll work better than the 7600 GS did.
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