I installed a XFX 8800GTX in my rig a few days ago. At first I heard this loud squealing sound from my PC...the board wasn't set properly. Blessed not to have fried anything I reseated the board and fired her up. I bounced around between the drivers XFX sent me, the 97.02 and ended up with the 97.44 drivers. I used Driver Cleaner Pro to clear my system of old driver remnants between installs. After playing around a while in various games I noticed this strange dip in perf from time to time. Here's an article on an incorrect resistor they put in many of the originally shipped cards: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/417/1/
I cracked the case and see if I got hosed but I'm going to need a magnifying glass...lettering is too small. But I stumbled on forcing some of my advanced settings using the new (not so good) nvidia control panel that have given me some interesting benchmark scores. The old card I had (nVidia 7900 plain vanilla) was slightly overclocked. The 8800 is not.
CS:S stress test on 7900: 88.52fps
CS:S stress test on 8800: 127.12fps
Lost Coast stress test on 7900: 61.13
Lost Coast stress test on 8800: 77.42
I have a DoDS map that I'm making for some un-named corporation and I have 7 auto-camera positions in the map to test fps after I make each map change. These scores were impressive:
cam1 64fps 153fps
cam2 82fps 125fps
cam3 75fps 128fps
cam4 82fps 149fps
cam5 70fps 106fps
cam6 78fps 126fps
cam7 76fps 190fps
I think the wild swings are due to me hitting more CPU-intensive sections of the map and with the 7900 the card matched well w/my CPU...now my GPU outmatches my CPU by a wide margin so I expect I'll see some swings on a live match as well. I'll check my 3DMARK score when I get a chance to d/l the s/w. I don't expect a great score because my box is CPU-limited.
Labels: 8800GTX, nVidia