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Arul Dass (arulu) Trainee

Please help me to get the suitable graphic card especially to run FSX. Are Nvidia Geforce cards or PCI cards gives the best perfomance in FSX. Sametime how much difference does it make between Intel Pentium D 2.8mhz and Dual core Intel 1.86mhz. Thanks friends.

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GoodisonBlue First Officer

With the current cards available 8800gtx is the best option by far if you have an unlimited budget

re processors
I heard the FSX patch is going to help FSX make use of dual core processors (it doesn't currently) but don't quote me on that

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Arul Dass (arulu) Trainee

Thanks, what about the PCI cards, here in Malaysia most recommended are these PCI cards. Any ideas about these ones.

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GoodisonBlue First Officer

Presuming you mean pci-express, the 8800gtx is a pci express card

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the best card is NOT necessarily the FASTEST card.

the best card is the one you can afford.

the best card is the one you can enjoy FSX, without bankrupting you and compromising your other aspect of life.

the best card is the one you can strike a balance between what you spend on your computer CPU, your LCD, and everything that goes with it.

the best card is the one you can enjoy now, and 6 months from now.
i.e. if in 6 months time, when fsx comes out with DX10, and you insist you must upgrade to DX10, then you should budget yourself accordingly.

of course...
- if you do not have VISTA, there is no use buying a DX10 card.
- there is no point in getting a DX10 card if your computer is NOT running VISTA.
- there is no point in getting a DX10 card if your computer is NOT capable of upgrading to VISTA.
- there is no point in getting VISTA or DX10 card NOW because FSX is not on DX10 yet.
- there is no point in getting a DX10 card now because there are better and faster and cheaper DX10 card by the time FSX is ready for DX10.

confusing, isn't it ?

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b3mmredm Trainee

Well, the best graphic cards out there at the moment are the 8800 GTX's

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=519994

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=568374

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=534219

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=558791

But hold your money, the Radeon R600's are coming out soon along with the X2900 XTX which seem to be much more faster than the current 8800 GTX's. You also need a decent processor to go with one of them and a good amount of RAM (2GB - 4GB)

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Tailhook Chief Captain

b3mmredm wrote:

Well, the best graphic cards out there at the moment are the 8800 GTX's

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=519994

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=568374

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=534219

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=558791

But hold your money, the Radeon R600's are coming out soon along with the X2900 XTX which seem to be much more faster than the current 8800 GTX's. You also need a decent processor to go with one of them and a good amount of RAM (2GB - 4GB)

Good reasearch b3mmredm but... as far as "But hold your money, the Radeon R600's are coming out soon along with the X2900 XTX which seem to be much more faster than the current 8800 GTX's." is concerned, isn't there an 8800 Ultra in the pipeline? Might be we'll all have to go back to the drawing board 🤔

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Arul Dass (arulu) Trainee

Thanks friends for all your infos. I am about to get a new PC with Vista and with Pentium D 2.8mhz, 2gh DDR ram. Only thing is that I am not quite sure of which graphic card could give better performance. In Malaysia Nvidia geforce 8800 series are too expensive. It is beyond my budget. That is why I need a some details about these cards. The PC shops suggest the PCIe are better. Please any details.

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GoodisonBlue First Officer

I think you are getting confused....

PCIe is the technology term for the way the graphics card fits into the motherboard

Nearly all modern cards are PCIe now including the 8800's

Earlier formats included AGP and then the very obsolete PCI

8800 or Nvidia or ATI etc refers to the type of chipset on the actual card itself.

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Arul Dass (arulu) Trainee

Thanks, I think you are right, I was not aware of these difference. Now I am clear.

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Tailhook Chief Captain

Why don't you 'google' to get some indepent and in depth information. Make a shortlist and contact vendors in Singapore for retail prices.
If you live too far north, catch a bus to JB, stay overnight and go to Singapore in the morning to purchase your card. You'll be back home the same night or the following morning.



Last edited by Tailhook on Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:07 pm, edited 1 time in total
cthiggin Guest

Well folks, I bit the bullet a month ago and upgraded to Vista Home Premium, added a gig of ram for 3 total, installed the 8800GTS 640 mg -
Was ready for the real deal in FSX -
I am dissappointed for now - From What MS tells me, FSX's upgrade will not address the FPS, but "may" help up to an additional 2 fps - they also told me that "when" DX10 patch comes out in the fall, it will really help - Nvidia told me that even though the 8800 Series is DX10 compatible, their "drivers" are still being tweaked - SO, I have spent the big bucks, and will continue to wait - Hopefully, I will be ready with the already installed hardware - Can't believe the size of the 8800 card - it covers another pci slot - about an 1" thick -
BTW - with all sliders maxed, I get around 7-10 fps - turning things down a bit, I get 18 - 22 fps -
One things for sure, the graphics are just phenomenal, and it's still pretty smooth with settings high.
For whatever it's worth, my input.
cthiggin

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b3mmredm Trainee

Tailhook wrote:

b3mmredm wrote:

Well, the best graphic cards out there at the moment are the 8800 GTX's

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=519994

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=568374

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=534219

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=558791

But hold your money, the Radeon R600's are coming out soon along with the X2900 XTX which seem to be much more faster than the current 8800 GTX's. You also need a decent processor to go with one of them and a good amount of RAM (2GB - 4GB)

Good reasearch b3mmredm but... as far as "But hold your money, the Radeon R600's are coming out soon along with the X2900 XTX which seem to be much more faster than the current 8800 GTX's." is concerned, isn't there an 8800 Ultra in the pipeline? Might be we'll all have to go back to the drawing board 🤔

The 8800 Ultra is the response to all these new hyperspeed Grahic Cards coming out from Radeon. If you want to see how good these new ones coming out are, click this link below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon_R600

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Tailhook Chief Captain

You're trying to do my head in b3mmredm 😳

All those question marks on that page pretty much reflect the state of my mind ATM.
Anyway, I'll really start worrying about this when it's time for me to go out and buy. I've only ever used Nvidias so far, which doesn't mean I'm not open for new experiments. ATI was apparently purchased by AMD not long ago so there could be some interesting developments.

Thanks for your interest and the link 👍

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Arul Dass (arulu) Trainee

I checked the price in Singapore and comparing with the value of our currency, it is more costlier than here in Malaysia. Well let us try our luck. Thanks

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