New vid card... v not faster?

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  1. Smork

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    my computer specs are

    P5nE-SLI mobo
    e6600 c2d 2.66 not overclocked
    4 gigs Corsair XMS2 memory
    raptor 10k drive
    Vista Home Premium

    was running a 8600 GT but it stopped working.

    bought a 8800 GT and I seem to be getting the same amount of FPS in alot of games..

    are there any settings I should look at that may have not given it full potential?

    Do I need to do the full deletion of the previous drivers? Could they be slowing it down? I wouldn't think so but who knows..

    Thanks.
     
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    When it comes to vid cards, always completely remove old drivers.
    Sometimes uninstalling it isn't enough, try a driver cleaner.
    Download and install the new drivers yourself from nvidia's site. Don't use the one from the cd, and don't let Vista find and install it for you.

    Also check your power supply. The 8600GT requires 18-22 amps on the 12v rail.
    The 8800GT requires 24-32 amps on the 12v rail to function properly. Make sure the 6/8-pin pci-e power connector is plugged in.

    other things I can think off:
    - tweak Vista, download SP1 if you haven't. Vista, as bloated as it is, kills FPS and 3D performance on most games.
    - check the apps you have running at the background. a recent software update by Kaspersky has caused issues with a lot of games (frame drops, hangs, etc).
    - It could also be the games you play. Some games like WOW has issues with the 8800GT's G92 chipset and none on the old 8600GT's G82. games like Crysis simply is just an FPS killer. check for any game patches, tweaks, and fixes.
    - card could simply be defective. try the card on a different machine.
     
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    hrm.. I'll check that when I get home.

    Sp1 I have.
    No Kaspersky.. I just got rid of that and am looking for a better AV atm.

    Warcraft 3 I'm only getting 64 FPS... thought that was kind of odd.

    WOW I was getting around 50 fps in Shattrath.. Where I was getting the same with my 8600gt. I didn't know they were having problems with that chipset.. lame.


    as for power, I will check that when I get home. I forgot to look to see what my PSU had/what the card needed. ugh.

    I'm not having "issues" with the card, it's not running slow.. it's just not as fast as I thought it would be. My 8600 is just showing almost the same results.

    And I will do the driver cleaner when I get home.

    Thanks :wavey:
     
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    well, that's not normal. the diff between them is huge. you should at least see 3x performance gain.
     
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    Could drivers interfering with each other cause a problem like this?
     
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    yes
     
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    btw, I recall reading something about blizzard games getting 50-70 FPS + random drops, regardless of the cards they use.

    I think it was a DirectX 9/10 issue but i'm not sure. I don't play WOW or WC3 so you may want to check the blizzard forums.
     

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