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Old 12-28-2008, 06:45 AM
 
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Um...do a lot of people purchase gaming cards for "video processing, internet, or regular office-type programs"?
People will purchase anything someone tells them to, even if they have no clue what it is, even if they need it or not, never underestimate or assume in the PC business, or when answering questions. It would not surprise me at all for someone to think the "FPS" of their desktop should increase by twice what a card with half the memory did, my questions were to clarify what the OP was talking about.
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:33 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I got a new video card -- my old card had 1/2 gig of DDR2 -- the new one has 1 gig of DDR3. However, I don't see a difference in performance. The new card, a Visiontek 4670, is quieter than the old card, a Visiontek 2600XT, and I believe the new card uses less energy, but I don't really see a gain in FPS.
What are your computer specs?
Putting a new vid card in a computer that can't handle the technology is worthless.

There are many upgrading articles online.
Maximum PC just did an upgrade story in the last 6 months. If you'd like to know which issue, let me know I have it in the other room.
It explains why they upgraded what they did in 3 systems and why throwing a card in like the one you purchased wouldn't do anything in the computer they were upgrading.
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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BF2 is not the symbol of modern graphics capabilities. Testing a brand new card on a 3-4 year old game you will not see benefits. There are several programs out there that will do the tests, and give you real good results instead of eyeballing results. I do not know ATI cards all that well, but the two cards are not that different from each other from what I have looked at in my 30 second search. I would suggest using programs like 3dmark vantage to gage what you are gaining.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:06 AM
 
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I do not know ATI cards all that well, but the two cards are not that different from each other from what I have looked at in my 30 second search.
You've done a better job searching than I have. I've been trying to find a comparison between the two cards, but could not find anything. I was under the belief that the newer card used a very different architecture than the older one, which is why the heat sinks are a lot smaller on the newer card.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:09 AM
 
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People will purchase anything someone tells them to, even if they have no clue what it is, even if they need it or not, never underestimate or assume in the PC business, or when answering questions. It would not surprise me at all for someone to think the "FPS" of their desktop should increase by twice what a card with half the memory did, my questions were to clarify what the OP was talking about.
Okay -- sorry -- my mistake. You're right, nothing can be assumed I suppose.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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You've done a better job searching than I have. I've been trying to find a comparison between the two cards, but could not find anything. I was under the belief that the newer card used a very different architecture than the older one, which is why the heat sinks are a lot smaller on the newer card.
you can do a search on the amd website (they bought ATI a couple of years ago.)
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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you can do a search on the amd website (they bought ATI a couple of years ago.)
I'm looking at the specs of both cards right now, and they seem very different to me. Different # of transistors, different fetch times, etc. Are you sure you compared the 2600 to the 4600 series?
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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When I get a chance I will take a peak again. There is also a website that will compare hardware against other hardware, I will look for the link for that as well. As I had said, I did a quick 60 second look at the two together at 2:00 am
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:23 AM
 
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There is also a website that will compare hardware against other hardware, I will look for the link for that as well.
That was the first place I looked, but I couldn't find a comparison at the time between a 2600 XT and a 4670.

I think the bottleneck is in the OS or other hardware in the system. I am glad I upgraded, though, since the new card is quieter and I'm betting it consumes less energy when I'm not gaming.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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That was the first place I looked, but I couldn't find a comparison at the time between a 2600 XT and a 4670.

I think the bottleneck is in the OS or other hardware in the system. I am glad I upgraded, though, since the new card is quieter and I'm betting it consumes less energy when I'm not gaming.
have you tried running a game like crysis on the old card, and then the new one? or using 3dmark or any other analasys programs? BF2 is far from a modern game that would take use of the new tech. like DX10.
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