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Old July 18, 2009, 07:45 PM
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I game on a 22 inch monitor. Many games work fine (60fps) on native res: 1680*1050, but in others such as GRID, DIRT, and etc, the 9600GT only nets me ~20-30fps. Usually most the settings are high or maxed off w/ 2X AA. What is a good upgrade that will get me atleast 150%-200% performance? Maybe GTX260 or wait for the next gen ones..
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I game on a 22 inch monitor. Many games work fine (60fps) on native res: 1680*1050, but in others such as GRID, DIRT, and etc, the 9600GT only nets me ~20-30fps. Usually most the settings are high or maxed off w/ 2X AA. What is a good upgrade that will get me atleast 150%-200% performance? Maybe GTX260 or wait for the next gen ones..
GTX260's are great cards and most OC quite well. Plus they have a good stock heatsink. As far as improvement over a 9600GT goes I would say about 2.5X going from memory. I am not at home to have access to my spreadsheet but I had a 9600GT, 8800GT before my GTX260. The 8800GT was about 10% faster than the 9600GT and my GTX260 (overclocked) is more than twice my 8800GT.

Or if you want to try red camp the 4870's can be found for pretty good deals nowadays. I picked up a pair of 4870 512MB for about $240 and crossfired them. Haven't noiced the fps in GRID (too busy dodging flying car parts)
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the only thing that can net you 200% performance is the gtx 275.

i use a 2053bw and a 8800gt @ 700/2000 and i know its struggling in games

i am sure it not the CPU since it ran @3.6ghz

your best bang for $$ is an gtx 275 for $199.99


As for the above post about a 9600gt to 9800gt is only 10% is right, playing on 1280x1024

when it comes to 1680x1050 a 9800gt is 20%-40% better than the 9600gt.
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A GtS260 would be nice but at 1680x1050, I believe a 4850HD or GTS250 would suffice.
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+1 for the HD4850. It's a great card. I run one and it'll play everything right up to crysis in native 1680x1050 with details turned up. It's a workhorse and a half... and it won't break your bank.
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Depends on your budget and preference. If you like Nvidia I'd say GTX 260 (~$165) is the top of the heap for 1680x1050. The 250 would also let you max out pretty much anything with some AA (depending) but the 260 will kill it for sure.

For ATI the the 4870 can be had for ~$150 but as stated the 4850 will again let you max almost any game with some AA.
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I think if you could dig up a gtx275 0r 4890 in the $200ish area that would be the better, some are on sale for $200 quite often. With GRID and DIRT I can play at x4aa/x8af, high quality, 1680x1050 with a gtx280. The gtx275 and 4890 beat or equal the gtx280.
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I play GRID at x2aa/8af, everything maxed but only ~30 fps or so...
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