On 2002-03-29 11:22, Fubar wrote:
- My score was only 5998 at 800x600 res w/32 bit color and was 5600 at 1024x768 w/32 bit. Why are these scores extremely low with the Radeon 8500 with 64 MB of DDR RAM? Is is the mobo, the processor, SDRAM I have in the system? Is it a combination of both? It'd be great if anyone could give me an idea on what piece to upgrade that would provide the biggest bank for the buck without replacing the whole system.
- The new 8500 seems to be running o.k. Picture clarity is improved but the card is not providing the quantum leap many told me it would. It seems like during gaming my character runs in a very choppy manner, no matter what server I play on. What might be causing this?
- If any of you would access the link above and give me insight as to why it lists my AGP rates at 1x/1x and why it lists my front side bus at 10000 MHz, it would be much appreciated. I have a 256 MHz front side bus.
On 2002-03-29 13:05, Fubar wrote:
Thanks for the great feedback.
Pardon me for not knowing, but what is SiSoft Sandra? Is it software, new hardware?
I'd certainly like to know what my FSB speed is. I had no idea you can essentially overclock your front side bus? Is there any danger to doing so?
Also, if I were to buy a faster processor, say a 1.6 Athlon, would it have problems on my older motherboard? I've been thinking about upgrading the mobo anyway and am curious as to what might be the best way to go. Any suggestions?
Also, where can I go to find tweaks to my settings for Unreal Tournament or Half-Life to get better performance?
Again, thanks for taking the time to help. I'm somewhat of a newbie to the gaming world and am still learing the components of my PC.
No, it won't fit, for one thing. A classic Athlon is packaged in an SECC Slot A cartridge. Newer Athlons are socketed (428 pin Socket A to be precise). Also, the core voltage requirements of new Athlons are different, and the data signally is different as well. If you want a new CPU, you need a new motherboard (well, you might be able to find a 1000MHz Slot A Athlon on eBay, but the 100MHz difference wouldn't be worth the shipping, much less the actual price of the CPU).
As i Have learned recently Fast writes are usless with a Nvidia based card
That means he can upgrade his processor easily up to an AthlonXP with nothing more than a BIOS flash.
How can I tell what revision of my motherboard I have?
I went back and checked the manual and I have an Apollo KT133, not the KT133A GA-7ZX/7ZX-1, but there's no mention of any revision #.
On 2002-03-29 19:41, Fubar wrote:
How can I tell what revision of my motherboard I have? I went back and checked the manual and I have an Apollo KT133, not the KT133A GA-7ZX/7ZX-1, but there's no mention of any revision #. It does say "supports 500 MHz - 1GHz...and faster", so I'm assuming that's the answer to my question: if I want a faster CPU, upgrade the mobo. But I'd like to know how to find what revision I have. BTW, thanks for the link.
BTW, I just verified, from the mobo manual, my FSB speed is 100 MHz. Lenzenm, I have PC133 SDRAM in my system now but does this mean my RAM is only running at 100MHz, regardless of the 133 speed?
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