infiniteclouds wrote on 2020-07-03, 04:22:
foil_fresh wrote on 2020-07-03, 03:22:
"best" winXP card is tough because some games are broken when going from the nvidia 7xxx series to the 8xxx series due to the introduction of unified shaders vs the older shader model 3.0. I got a pc case recently that had a bunch of usable stuff inside, perfect for XP. Athlon II X2 4800+ running on an Asus M2N SLI Deluxe so it became my XP pc for the time being.
I tested out: 7950GT OC 256mb, 8800GTS 320MB and 9800GTX Plus. Most games benefited from the speed boosts of the 8800 and 9800 but splinter cell 2's shadows were broken (as expected).
Are there other games that are badly broken with this advancement in tech or is it kind of a non-issue? I'm seriously pondering whether or not I should have 2 PCI-E based XP machines 😜 The 6800GT I have on an AGP system can play this game (splinter cell 2) well at 1280x1024 so i dont -really- need the 7950, but its still good to have extra power.
Pandora's Tomorrow? So not only does Splinter Cell not show proper shadows above a GF4 but Pandora's tomorrow shadows break above a 7000 series? So ridiculous. At this point I'd probably rather play them on XBOX. I have a G4 ti4200 but I don't feel like making a build with it for 1 game.
hmm, iirc the original splinter cell was running fine (well, seemed fine to me) on the 6800gt... i might need to do some more fiddling.
yeah, regarding the build for 1 game idea, that was kinda the point for the 7950 gt i bought. it was advertised as 512mb, and in order to play doom3/quake 4 on ultra you need 512mb. it was gonna be THE build. not too new, not too old, but with enough mem for the ultra id tech textures and compatiblity for splinter cell 2. finding out it was 256mb was an ultra kick in the pants.
I'm very lucky I had the 9800gtx+ handed down to me a while ago. funny story about this card, it's an MSI variant that's been used like in total, 6 hours. my mate bought it for his dad's media pc (LOL WTF) because they wanted some Dolby compatiblity and there were some screen stuttering issues that this card didn't fix. so it sat there at the bottom of a box doing nothing for a decade until it came to me. it's definitely an amazing card. I've got a compatible 3.1ghz Athlon II X2 (2009) on the way from china (8 bucks!) which will give the computer more horsepower for the 2009 video card then i can really see what it can do.
Pentium MMX 166MHz / Shuttle HOT591-p / S3 Virge DX / SB 16
Pentium II 266MHz / Lucky-Star 6ABX2V / Riva128 / AWE64 / YMF744
Pentium III 950 MHz / SY-7VBA / Geforce2 Pro 32MB / YMF744
Pentium IV 3.4GHz/ GA-8S655FX / Geforce 6800 GT / Audigy