Upgrading from 6800GS

By kenm ยท 5 replies
Apr 10, 2007
  1. I'm thinking about upgrading from my 6800GS to an nVidia 8500 or 8600. Is this a decent upgrade or should I save a while longer and get the 8800 or possibly the 8900.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Depends on the price point and why you are upgrading your 6800. The 8500GT benches about half what the 8600GT does in 3DMark03-06. The 8600GT is getting about 83-84% of the benchies across the board with 3DMark03-06 as the 8600GTS.

    From Rage_3K's link in News: Source
  3. kenm

    kenm TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The main reason I'm even asking is, is it it worth it to upgrade for the DX10 capabilities and will I see a performance increase in existing games like BF2, Company of Heroes, or Counter-Strike: Source, or should I just wait until the 6800 becomes unusable for new games? Price point I'm looking at is about $150 - $175. Thanks for the help.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Well maybe someone with a bit more knowledge than me can chime in. But what I'd do is compare your 3DMark score with others around the net for your same card, so you have an idea what your card should be getting and what you are getting (there will be some variance) and then look at the 3dmark scores in that link I gave. 3DMark06 doesn't use DirectX 10 so you are safe with comparisons there.

    I think you'll see even the 8500 will outperform your 6800, but I can't tell you how much because I don't know what it should be getting.

    So basically yes I think the new DX10 cards will show you a performance increase in today's games. But personally I'd stick with the 6800 until you run into a game it just can't handle.
  5. Coth

    Coth TS Rookie Posts: 56


    8800 is the only series that nVidia has to offer. Where did you get "8500, 8600 & 8900" from?

    8800GTS 320MB is good. 8800GTX series is a slaughter house for FPS but not really needed unless you want 100+ FPS in games and that's just overkill imo.

    A 7950GT would fair very well. 7950GT SLI would be incredible.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    The 8500 and 8600 were linked in my Source that I gave in my first reply.

    The problem with the 7950 even in SLI I think its worse than the 8800GTS, and its not capable of DX10, which was something he was looking for.
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