Need advice with Video.. (anyone please)
Leadtek GeForce 8500 GT / 256MB GDDR2 / SLI Ready / PCI Express / Dual Link DVI / VGA / HDTV / Video Card
Will this card do 'well' with Bioshock?
Is it DX-10 capable?
I am looking for a CHEAP but very GOOD video card with DX-10 support.
I currently have 256MB PCI Express x16 ATI Radeon X800 XT and of course Bioshock is not playable with this card.
ANY suggestions/comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
(I want to play Bioshock!)
i think the 8 series is dx10. i don't know for sure, becausae i don't play on PCs anymore.
so, short answer, yes
PNY Verto GeForce 8500 GT - graphics adapter - GF 8500 GT - 512 MB
Good Card? Good Price? Can you find/do any better?
No. Get an 8800GTS or a 7900GS/GT. The card one level under 8800GTS is 8600GTS, and that is only as fast as a 7600GS or so. Horrible. 8 series is HORRIBLE unless you go for high-end.
-Wait for 9 series and go for its mid-range
Your suggesting for a 100-300% increase in price... thats not going to happen.
$200 for a video card is very MAX i would ever pay.
How is that the 8500 GT - 512 MB card so bad? Wont it easily play Bioshock? Crysis? Unreal Tournament 3?
Aye the 8600 have only got a 128bit memory interface wtf is that all about on a high end card? Talk about a choke point. 8800 and up, or stick with a 7900 and up.
7900GS can be had for around $100-150, the lower being if you find a rebate. WAY better card than even 8600GTS. 8500GT is MUCH worse. www.bensbargains.net
Wish I could edit my posts so I wouldn't have to keep making new posts when I decide to include more info, but oh well. Here's a review including the 8500GT: http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/Main...s/4902-11.html
Last in every benchmark, often considerably so.
Yea, I have been trying to edit the above posts for some time
Thanks for the advice, Im pretty sure Ill be getting the 7900 like you have recommended.
Since I cant edit:
Is there much of a difference between the 512MB vs 256MB 7950 GT??
7950 GT 256MB vs 7950 GT 512MB -- Worth the extra $$$?
About $50 difference between the two products.
How long do you plan to keep it? If for a couple of years or more, then go for 512MB. If for a year, then go for 256MB.
XFX GeForce 7950 GT / 512MB DDR3 / SLI Ready / PCI Express / (Dual Link) Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card
There it is... Pure Beauty
Drew - Yes!! Get that card, you will NOT regret it. I have the 7900gt KO 256MB (factory overclocked from EVGA), and it runs Bioshock well enough, but I am regretting not getting ther 512MB card instead. PLus, the 7950 I believe is a DUAL GPU set up, not a single like mine. If it's only $50 more for the 512MB card, as opposed to the 256MB card, I would HIGHLY recommend going with the 512MB. Even with directx 10 out, directx 9 will still be main stream in all games for at least the next 3 years. You will have the fastest directx 9 GPU available (and yes, it will run Crysis just fine, probably at max settings).
Originally Posted by Drew
Just my two cents...
7950GX2 is SLI, not GT. GT is still a good card.
the 8600gt can barely play some games at 1280x1024 or above. the 8500gt has less than half of the power of the 8600gt so it it is absolutely pathetic at gaming on newer titles such Bioshock. 512mb of video ram does NOTHING for the card since you want be able to run games at high settings or resolutions anyway.
Originally Posted by Drew
Ahh, thats right. Been a while since I have looked at those. I bought my 7900gt ko a year ago this month from newegg for $265, so I remember the 7950GX2's being around $500...Crazy spendy, but yes. 7900GT is a good card still. Should hold up for at least another 2yrs. and still be able to play new games at high or close to high settings, with good FPS.
Originally Posted by dandragonrage
Oops, I mean "7950GT" is a good card still, not "7900GT" (although those arn't bad either, considering thats what I have)
Originally Posted by SpazzyNate
Well I just purchased the game and everything is great. The card you guys recommended works perfectly BUT (yes there is a but :P) there is only ONE thing that is going wrong with Bioshock.
The ONE issue I have is sound is choppy sometimes (after about the first 1-2 hours of game play it got really bad). I didnít hear expositions (or only part of), guns firing and/or sound was skipping around.
This is NOT the only game the sound has done this. Of course Bioshock has its 'own' way of sounding but all in all the sound in other games have chopped up once or twice. The issue is much more abundant/consistent and long term in Bioshock however.
Going to see if taking a break and restarting Bioshock if it will solve the issue. If it doesnít solve the issue I will be installing a patch for my sound card.
SOUND CARD: Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
DRIVER NAME: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy, Audigy 2 series and Audigy 4 series Driver 02.09.0016
DRIVER DATE: Oct 9th, 2006
FILE NAME: SBAX_WBUP2_LB_2_09_0016.exe
Can anyone verify patch is the newest/best one to have?
Yes, the latest drivers from creative is a must. I have an Audigy SE 24bit 7.1 card and the latest drivers. I have to turn the sound acceleration down for some games (tomb raider; anniversary has audio stutter) but other than that no sound issues. Be warned however that creative's naming policy on its cards can mean its a nightmare to get the correct and specific driver for a card so triple check its the right card/driver before install.
Yea Ive tried to install a new sound driver in the past and the sound never came back. The ONLY way around the issue was to RECOVER my drive.. what a pain that was.
Originally Posted by Hadrian
I am 99% sure this is the correct driver but... that 1% is making me not install it
Bad news, its a no go, had to restore system again. Good thing I installed 1 program AFTER Bioshock.. other wise.. I would have had to restored ON Bioshock or just before... don't ever want to think of the possible problems that might have brought...
I really need to find the right driver for this POS card.. thinking I might have to upgrade that too
Yes, that is the latest official driver. Use that one.
Originally Posted by Drew
Make sure you enable EAX in the game to really take advantage of the ear candy that's available in the game.
Uninstall the old soundcard drivers first, and then clean out the leftover files with Driver Cleaner Pro 1.5.
Then you can correctly install the latest Audigy 2 ZS drivers.
Why would I have to delete anything when I read, "This download will uninstall the drivers for your existing audio device before proceeding with the installation." in patch notes??
Originally Posted by methylbenzoate
My current driver date is 8/11/06
Driver Version: 220.127.116.116
Because it never does remove everything and even a small remnant file can cause major instability. I swear by driver cleaner, its a must for any serious PC gamer. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not thinking straight. Many , many issues I have had in games have been cured by a driver clean and re-install without the need to pester a tech support person with a problem.
Originally Posted by Drew
In last 2 or 3 years I have rarely had a problem that cant be solved with a game, and the majority of problems have not been game related.
Same thing happened this morning, about 2 hours into gameplay I require to restart Bioshock because sound gets "weird" (for lack of a better term). I am still unable to update my sound drivers but then again the driver date is only 2/3 months off.
Guess its a small price to pay compared to all the other issues.
TO 2k GAMES: This game is absolutely amazing, thank you very much for a new kind of FPS and the quality of the game.
Has an 8 seties GF Card on Dual core. Yes it's DX 10 but he has to play at a low res or it gets choppy.
I'd recomend a ATI X1950, consider it an investment for the future. I've seen them for about $200
The sound issue seems very, very sporadic and haven't had to 'restart' anything lately (Game NOR Windows).
I would say that I no longer have any issues in Bioshock but rather certain places/times where LOTS of sounds are being processed.
THANKS AGAIN 2K FOR A GREAT GAME!!!