I think I might get a 7600GT that can hold me over for a while.
This thing is worse than my other friends integrated graphics. At least he could get 30+ fps in CSS, ( I get 4-13 fps on the ABSOLUTE minimum settings). It even struggled with Morrowind, it's funny though, UT 2004 played pretty good on it, yet it gets worse frames than what I would say as graphically low games.
I mean it's defiantly an improvement (a huge one I might add), but I thought for sure it would be just as fast, if not faster, than what my friend had for sure.
He had a AthlonXP 2800+, 512 of DDR333, and an integrated nVidia chipset. What a shame lol.
I just looked at the back of my mobo box, and it says "The Intel G965 Express Chipset with Intel GMA X3000 provide the 3D muscle needed for the latest mainstream games."
What a joke, mainsteam games my ***, the dam thing chokes up on Morrowind (which was a major blockbuster that came out 3 or 4 years ago)! I mean wtf were they thinking when they thought of "mainstream games", Half-Life 1?
Theoretically it could be a pretty decent GPU (ie, beable to play recent games at least 30+ fps) due to it's specs. But if Intel doesn't even bother putting out a decent driver, it will never be the integrated GPU that can play new games as they were hoping. The thing supposably supports DX9 and SM 3.0, but the thing doesn't even support pixel shading in MW!
I mean, I knew it was going to be ****ty, but not this ****ty.
*End of rant*
I might end up just using the EVGA step-up program later on if I get the 7600GT.
Which one should I get?