I bought my 9600GT a few days ago and to install it i had to replace my PSU from something like a 225W to a 405W. I did this without any hassle and then installed my new graphics card, going from an 8400GS 256MB to a 9600GT 512MB. Now, it all sounds well and good but this card cost me around £95 from PC world.
My problem is that there was an 8800GSO from around the same price but the staff seemed adamant that this (9600GT) was better. I thought well i think maybe it will because running Vista 32bit and the 9 series is omptimized for Vista, right? Anyway so after playing some games like Team Fortress 2, Left4Dead and the Crysis Wars trial, i noticed that this card really didnt perform that well, and when I upped the graphics settings on game like, say TF2, id be getting around 20 FPS at some times. I mean, ok so yeah i have drastically changed the graphics settings but i'd expect more when i could very probably buy an 8800GT for the same price. The worst part is that now obviously i cant change my mind...
My main problem is that I have a friend who has an 8600GT, and it seems to perform at about the same as my card, and when i had the latest Nvidia release drivers, on the saem graphics settings, his was better. To be honest this really annoyed me as i had just forked out a fair on a new card. I have another friend who bought something like a "powercolour ATI 4830" for slghtly cheaper than me, and from what I have read, its a MUCH better card. What are your opinions on my 9600GT? Is it the fact that its is from the company "PNY" that makes it so terrible? All opinions are welcome, I just need to know what to do . As at the moment, it seems like money well wasted. Or perhaps I'm expecting too much?
I have tried using RivaTuner and Ntune but on games i really can't notice any difference in terms of FPS. Infact, when i run most of my games after overclocking, they tend to crash after a very short period of time, say around 5 minutes. I have even checked the temperature of the card and acording to "GPU-Z" it is usually at around 50C which, from what I understand, is a completely safe temperature for a graphics card to run at? When i run crysis it is still only at around 55C. The only thing i can think of is that my new 405W power supply cannot allow my new card to overclock properly as a 400W minimum is needed to use the card (according to the label on the front packaging).
About as much as I can tell you about my specs:
Intel Core 2 duo E4500 @ 2.2Ghz Per Core
2GB DDR2 RAM
Could these be bottlenecking it?
Edited by HSW1212, 22 December 2008 - 03:52 PM.