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Worth upgrading to 8600GTS?


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I currently have a 7600GT, I was wondering whether it is worth upgrading to an 8600gts. Is there much difference between the two (other than directx version)? Or do you think I should wait until the 8800 prices are lowered? Bear in mind I only have a 15" monitor so I play all games on 1024x768. Another option is to go for a higher spec dx9 card like a 7900gtx or x1950.

Edited by mozzer11, 06 July 2007 - 03:07 PM.

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What price range are you trying to stay in. There is quite a difference in price between the 7900gtx and x1950. I have the EVGA 8800gts CO, clocked at 576Mhz and it is $287 at NewEgg. It is a great card. The 7900gtx runs in the $470-$500 range and the X1950 runs $130-$420 depending on manufacturers. Those are the prices I found at NewEgg.
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First off, I would never go with a pre-overclocked card, because it's easy enough to overclock it yourself.

As for your actual question, no, the performance increase isn't very significant over your current card. If you are looking to get a DX10 card, the best card for the $ is the 640mb version of the 8800GTS.

Also, having a 15" monitor doesn't necessarily limit your resolution, unless it is pretty old and 1024x768 is its max resolution. I have a 16" monitor that can do 1600x1200, so I imagine yours could do at least 1280x960.
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Pre overclocked are warrantied, but yes with proper software like ATI tool, they are easily overclocked at the owners risk. I have the Samsung 932B and on their site it says 1600/1200 resolution but all I get is 1280x 1024. Is it because of my graphics card?
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1280x1024 is a widescreen resolution, but 1600x1200 isn't... something is strange about that... is your monitor widescreen or not?
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No it is not wide screen is 1900x1600 widescreen? It doesn't seem like that ratio is. I only ask because on the Samsung site it says it is capable of it and my NVidia control panel only offers the 1280/1024. 1280/1024 is standard. Right?

Edited by MarkN, 06 July 2007 - 06:53 PM.

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Safe Mode

1600/1200 UXGA safe mode automatically warns you to change the resolution of your monitor. Appreciate the ultimate in viewing performance.

This is what I found at the Samsung site.
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Product Short Spec:
Display (projector) technology: TFT active matrix
Display (projector) diagonal size: 19 in
Max resolution: 1280 x 1024. This is what Cnet says, but on the Samsung site it says "Safe Mode

1600/1200 UXGA safe mode automatically warns you to change the resolution of your monitor. Appreciate the ultimate in viewing performance".
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No it is not wide screen is 1900x1600 widescreen? It doesn't seem like that ratio is. I only ask because on the Samsung site it says it is capable of it and my NVidia control panel only offers the 1280/1024. 1280/1024 is standard. Right?


4/3 is standard ratio:

320x240, 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x960, 1600x1200 are some standard size resolutions.

Widescreen is 16/9. (though some monitors use 16/10 I believe.)

1280x1024 is a 5/4 ratio... I'm not sure what that is... It's probably just that your monitor is more square than most. (As a 5/4 ratio would give more of a square picture than 4/3)

As for your 1600x1200, it seems that the monitor's "safe mode" is there to prevent you to go to 1600x1200. Perhaps it could damage your monitor...
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Thanks, I was just wondering because of the info I saw on the Samsung site. My 1280/1024 is the norm for this monitor and looks/works fine. Like I said the discrepency in the information I was looking at peaked my interest. Again, Thanks for the quick replies. I could have found the info myself but was fairly busy working on my older VAIO. :whistling:

Edited by MarkN, 06 July 2007 - 09:12 PM.

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