Upgrading My Graphics Card

To: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB

From: 512MB GeForce 9600 GT (EVGA)

I play Warcraft on:

Operating System
MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP2
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 47 °C
Brisbane 65nm Technology
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 387MHz (5-5-5-18)
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2A-VM (Socket AM2 )
LCD TV (1024x768@60Hz)
512MB GeForce 9600 GT (EVGA) 49 °C
Hard Drives
488GB Hitachi Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 ATA Device (SATA) 31 °C
Optical Drives
Optiarc DVD-ROM DDU1675A ATA Device
C-Media CM106 Like Sound Device

Can y’all tell me what differences in performance I can expect from this upgrade?

I really have no complaints about the 512 Mb one, but just added Flight Sim X and would like the b est possible scenery I can get.



Basically none. You’re CPU bound. While the 450 GTS is a solid 30 - 50% bump in performance, it doesn’t matter in FSX. That game destroys CPUs. Barely stresses the GPU.

Yep, FSX is caught in time really. It was ahead of the curve in terms of CPU needs but did it do much at all to take advantage of multiple core CPUs.

It’s not going to like your CPU.

Still, that card upgrade will help. I expect it to run at 30 fps on medium settings (at yorresolution at least), which still looks great btw. Not only that but you can run in DX 10 mode which runs faster than 9.

The 9600GT is already Dx10. 30 fps is way too low. Probably closer to 60 on ultra.