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FSX - Which Graphics Card Should I Choose?  
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 23258 times:

I just bought FSX and I get around 7fps.

These are my specs:
3,2 ghz pentium 4 processor
2gb ddr ram
256 mb ATI Radeon X600 graphicscard

This makes me think that its the graphicscards fault that I am not getting better fps.

Which one do you think is really good for FSX both compared to the price but also in pure performance?

thanks!

[Edited 2006-10-11 15:26:02]

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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 23263 times:

I don't really think it's worth downloading the demo on my Celeron 1.7GHz / 64MB nVidia / 1024MB SDRAM now.


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 23264 times:

Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 1):
I don't really think it's worth downloading the demo on my Celeron 1.7GHz / 64MB nVidia / 1024MB SDRAM now.

I know.. you shouldn't Big grin


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 23250 times:

After seeing my computer get owned in the demo, I think its time for a new computer.

I was told by some computer guys on my dorm floor to wait until the nVIDIA GeForce 8000 series come to the market; they will be DX10 native and better able to run FSX.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 23244 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 3):
I was told by some computer guys on my dorm floor to wait until the nVIDIA GeForce 8000 series come to the market; they will be DX10 native and better able to run FSX

Thanks for the tip! Do you know when it'll be out? Not that I can afford any new graphicscard at the moment though  Sad


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 23240 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 4):
Thanks for the tip! Do you know when it'll be out? Not that I can afford any new graphicscard at the moment though

According to Wikipedia, sometime in November:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_8_Series

http://img.pconline.com.cn/images/bbs4/20069/29/1159518267645.jpg
Notice the Hybrid Water/Air cooled GPU

But be warned, a brand new state-of-the-art card will burn a hole in your pocket!

[Edited 2006-10-11 17:08:37]

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 23241 times:

I have a brand new HP Pavilion d4600y computer with 2056 MB of RAM, and with the default 256 NVIDIA that came with it, I was getting about 30-50 fps. I upgraded to an ATI X1600 Pro PCI Express 512 MB, and I'm getting about 50-70 fps now, on FS9.

Hopefully, this will be able to handle FSX!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1296 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 23230 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 4):
Thanks for the tip! Do you know when it'll be out?

November 28th 2006 in the US, Europe should be 6-7 days later for marketing reasons. I wouldnt be so keen on the 8000th series.. yes it will be the first DX10 availabe card, but my mom´s best friend works for a PC magazine
and he already got to test one of the first prototypes and Nvidia is having some trouble with their new drivers once again... like always.

I would wait for ATI for their DX10 card, cause ATI do tend to take a little longer but always have better cards.

And dont think im PRO ATI cause i have Dual Nvidia 6800 cards with 256Mb in my PC. And it took some time for Nvidia to bring out a stable driver.

So i would recommend you to just wait and see.

Cheers Leo



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 23221 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 5):
Notice the Hybrid Water/Air cooled GPU

But be warned, a brand new state-of-the-art card will burn a hole in your pocket!

I know I probably have to wait till its my birthday in January.

Quoting Qantas744ER (Reply 7):

I would wait for ATI for their DX10 card, cause ATI do tend to take a little longer but always have better cards.

And dont think im PRO ATI cause i have Dual Nvidia 6800 cards with 256Mb in my PC. And it took some time for Nvidia to bring out a stable driver.

So i would recommend you to just wait and see.

Okay I'll do that then. How do you run dual graphicscards? Do you need a special motherboard? And do you need a new cooling for your computer as it probably gets very warm.


Edit:
I just took a look at the wikipedia link, which makes me wonder if I would need a new power supply as well or if any modern power supply can handle such a graphicscard? My computer is 1 year old.

[Edited 2006-10-11 17:36:02]

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 23217 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 8):
How do you run dual graphicscards?

As far as I know, you need 2 available (possibly 4?) PCI-E slots, and a SLI connector that can connect 2 SLI-capable cards.



User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 23213 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 9):

As far as I know, you need 2 available (possibly 4?) PCI-E slots, and a SLI connector that can connect 2 SLI-capable cards.

Cool! How much does it cost, and do you think it would be able to run FSX smoothly?


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 23189 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 10):
Cool! How much does it cost, and do you think it would be able to run FSX smoothly?

Although it looks sweet, it costs a premium. You are talking two $600USD cards together with the added costs of SLI conncectors, etc...the cost will be at a minimum of $1000USD. That is about the cost of a regular computer system (not a budget or gaming system).

As you guessed, graphic are amazing, but I have heard that some games aren't campatable with SLI. I'm not sure if MS FSX will handle it, hopefully it will!


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23188 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 11):
Although it looks sweet, it costs a premium. You are talking two $600USD cards together with the added costs of SLI conncectors, etc...the cost will be at a minimum of $1000USD. That is about the cost of a regular computer system (not a budget or gaming system).

As you guessed, graphic are amazing, but I have heard that some games aren't campatable with SLI. I'm not sure if MS FSX will handle it, hopefully it will!

Okay thanks for the info! I'll probably wait for a new ATI graphicscard to come out then Big grin


User currently offlineKrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23182 times:

Nvidia Cards eat up power like no other graphics card. Make sure you have a strong enough PSU or your card will cause major problems.

I've gone through 3 Nvidia cards, now I use an ATI card and find it to be less "powerful" than geforce cards, but much more stable and consistent.

KrisYYZ


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 23066 times:

A friend of mine told me that the new geforce 8000 series require a 64 bit processor. Is this true?
Also how do I find out whether my computer has a 64 bit processor?
All I know is that it is a 3,2 ghz pentium 4 processor. Should I call the manufacturer?

[Edited 2006-10-13 11:20:17]

User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 23022 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 14):
A friend of mine told me that the new geforce 8000 series require a 64 bit processor. Is this true?
Also how do I find out whether my computer has a 64 bit processor?
All I know is that it is a 3,2 ghz pentium 4 processor. Should I call the manufacturer?

It probably is true, 64 bit is the future. I don't think Intel or AMD make many (if any) 32bit any more for the PC (they might for portable media systems).

No need to call the manufacturer all P4s are 32bit. Thats what you have.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 23017 times:

Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 15):

It probably is true, 64 bit is the future. I don't think Intel or AMD make many (if any) 32bit any more for the PC (they might for portable media systems).

No need to call the manufacturer all P4s are 32bit. Thats what you have.

Well I just bought the 7950GT, which gives me really nice graphics I must say, but I still only get around 10fps  Sad So sometime in half a year or so when I can afford it, I will buy a new motherboard and processor lol


User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 22995 times:

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
Manufacturer AMD
Family AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
Architecture 64-bit
Internal Clock 2.4 GHz
Internal Clock Maximum 3.0 GHz
External Clock 200.0 MHz
Socket Designation Socket M2
HyperThreadingTechnology Available - 2 Logical Processors
Capabilities MMX, CMov, RDTSC, 3DNow!, Extended 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, PAE, NX
Version AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
Caches
Level 1 128 KB
Level 1 128 KB
Level 2 512 KB

Display Device 1/1 (2 7900 16x PCI-E SLI)
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS Driver 9.1.4.7

Description NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS
Manufacturer NVIDIA
Total Local Video Memory 256 MB
Total Local Texture Memory 256 MB
Total AGP Memory 512 MB
Driver File nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version 9.1.4.7
Driver Date 8-11-2006
Driver WHQL Certified true


Not too good, but at 1400x900 with settings at close to full there is no stuttering at all, no matter what view I am using, etc. etc. However, this is only the demo. Does know what the difference is between the demo and the real thing? My latest 3DMark score was ~12,000, so I don't think I'll have too much of a problem.

Lucas


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 22992 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 16):
Well I just bought the 7950GT, which gives me really nice graphics I must say, but I still only get around 10fps   So sometime in half a year or so when I can afford it, I will buy a new motherboard and processor lol

Right now, that's almost the top-of-the-line model! Geez, I think FSX was released way to early...


User currently offlineAC21365 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 22979 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Thread starter):
Which one do you think is really good for FSX both compared to the price but also in pure performance?

In my opinion, wait for DX10 cards to come out. At the moment I'm leaning toward ATI cards simply because they can run ShaderModel 3 using Anti-aliasing. Geforce cards can't run Anti-aliasing when using ShaderModel 2.

With any luck the Geforece 8 series will be able to run ShaderModel 2 and/or 3 using Anti-aliasing.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 22977 times:

Quoting AC21365 (Reply 19):

In my opinion, wait for DX10 cards to come out.

Too late. I thought that the graphics card that I bought would do the trick since I would have to buy a new 64-bit processor to get the maximum out of the new geforce 8000 series which I didn't want to. Now that I have the 7950GT, it seems like I will need a new motherboard and processor anyway. damnit!


User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 22939 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 16):
Well I just bought the 7950GT, which gives me really nice graphics I must say, but I still only get around 10fps Sad So sometime in half a year or so when I can afford it, I will buy a new motherboard and processor lol



Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 20):
Too late. I thought that the graphics card that I bought would do the trick since I would have to buy a new 64-bit processor to get the maximum out of the new geforce 8000 series which I didn't want to. Now that I have the 7950GT, it seems like I will need a new motherboard and processor anyway. damnit!

Although that would work, I don't (this is just my opinion though, you don't have to agree) think it is worthwhile.

Much better to buy a new PC. It's not much more expensive and you can keep your old PC.


I think you might think that buying a DX10 card will improve the FPS. It will a bit, but the CPU is really the bottleneck.

So you would get a large improvement by upgrading the CPU and getting a DX10 card, but not for the reasons you think - the 7950GT is a powerful card, and a faster CPU will give much better FPS than upgrading to an 8000 series anyway.


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5182 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 22935 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 11):
As you guessed, graphic are amazing, but I have heard that some games aren't campatable with SLI. I'm not sure if MS FSX will handle it, hopefully it will!

At present FSX does NOT support SLI or Dual Core processors. However there are plans to release a patch at a later date that will add support for both.

Games need to be speciically written to take advantage of SLI/Dual Core, the FSX team decided not to support either as it would have delayed the release significantly.



That'll teach you
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22911 times:

Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 21):

Although that would work, I don't (this is just my opinion though, you don't have to agree) think it is worthwhile.

Much better to buy a new PC. It's not much more expensive and you can keep your old PC.


I think you might think that buying a DX10 card will improve the FPS. It will a bit, but the CPU is really the bottleneck.

So you would get a large improvement by upgrading the CPU and getting a DX10 card, but not for the reasons you think - the 7950GT is a powerful card, and a faster CPU will give much better FPS than upgrading to an 8000 series anyway.

Thanks for the advice! I am not going to buy another new computer. I already have this desktop and then a laptop for work & school. I will upgrade my desktops motherboard and CPU just like you said I should. I've been looking at some of the CPUs. A Dual Core 2,67ghz processor with a cooler costs around £500 here. And a dual core 2,93ghz processor with cooler costs around £600. I think the 2,67ghz should be fast enough. But then again, this wont be something that I'll buy anytime soon because I can't afford it right now.


User currently offlineAC21365 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22909 times:

Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 21):
I think you might think that buying a DX10 card will improve the FPS. It will a bit, but the CPU is really the bottleneck.

DX10 cards will make the game look better, but the performance gain will depend on how much better the future DX10 cards are than today's DX9 cards.

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 22):
Games need to be speciically written to take advantage of SLI/Dual Core, the FSX team decided not to support either as it would have delayed the release significantly.

 bigthumbsup  As much as I want FS10 myself, I almost wish they would have waited and done everything the first time, THEN released it. The current performance that people are getting out of the game is depressing (even my computer has nothing on the game). A LOT of people have Dual-core chips and a couple have SLI already. Waiting might have upped the satisfaction factor overall.

Just my $.02


25 AirPacific747 : On a sidenote: Is the speed of the memory very important? Apparently my DDR ram speed is pc400 which I was told is very standard. Would the performanc
26 Sv2008 : Are those intels? An AMD 4800+ X2 costs just under £200 here - although thats without anything else.
27 AirPacific747 : Yes they are.. Wow thats not that bad! Is it fast enough for fsx?
28 Sv2008 : Don't know, is anythnig fast enough for FSX? It the fatest AMD you can buy right now (although someone said here they had an 5000+)
29 AirPacific747 : Okay.. well do you think it is as fast as a pentium dual core 2,67ghz processor?
30 Post contains images WILCO737 : Isnt it amazing how ALL the FS lover needs a new computer or at least a graphic card... Is there something like MS working together with the computer
31 Sv2008 : Well a lot of people use the PC for stuff other than FSX, so it's not a waste of money. There are many great video games out there, but even if you do
32 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Okay so I just switched off all the autogen scenery. Now I get around 20fps like others in here, but where's the fun in that? That's almost like playi
33 Sv2008 : I don't know how the intel compares in figures. To AMD/Itntel is most personnal preference. A CPU is the most important part of the PC, then Video th
34 AC21365 : A lot of people don't realize, but back in late '03, the same thing happened with the release of FS9: Everyone's computer ran it crummy. It took 2 ye
35 ATAIndy : Hello, My question isnt about graphics cards, but dvd-drives. Does anybody know of a good, but cheap dvd-drive for installing games? The one I have cu
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