View Full Version : My Graphics Card Has Failed

09-03-2012, 02:47 PM
My Leadtek GF 8800 GTS 512mb has failed and I'm in the market for a new card. In todays cards what is this equivalent too. I was quite happy with my 8800gts so don't need anything that fancy. Running my computer on the motherboards VGA graphics at the moment.

09-03-2012, 02:57 PM
An 8800 GTS is (was?) a pretty good card.. I wouldn't call it "not that fancy"

What actually are you doing with the machine? Are you gaming at all?

09-03-2012, 03:06 PM
I have a good condition Asus GTX260 I'm selling if you are after something second hand.

Rod J
09-03-2012, 03:16 PM
I've found this page quite good for comparing video cards: http://www.overclock.net/t/502403/graphics-card-ranking-5th-time-and-last-updated-daily

Also this page is good for comparing specs side-by-side: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=548&card2=474

09-03-2012, 03:16 PM
The current-lineup equivalent of the 8800GTS is the GTX570 (~$550). That said, it sounds like you don't really need that much out of it - what are your requirements? If the 880 GTS was handling it fine, I'd look for a GXT450, GTX550 or HD6770. Should be had for as little as ~$200 new.

09-03-2012, 03:17 PM
Maybe a HD6750 at around $160 - $200 ish ??

Mine failed this morning as well. Ive gone & just bought a HD6850 ,I couldnt be bothered spending too much time finding the perfect replacement.

the old faithfull , recommended best buys

Have a looksee here (link below) for very approx new near equivalents.
Not completely up to date but you'll get a good idea.

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

09-03-2012, 03:38 PM
Yes I play a few games mainly simulation type. FSX which was a bit jerky even on medium settings, mind you even the best computers have trouble running that. Rail Works 3 Train Simulator 2012 which runs good at medium settings. Cyrsis2 ran pretty good maxed out.
Mainly play Railworks 3 though. Play the odd DVD and watch Youtube videos in HD if available. Paid around $560 for the old card 3 and a half years ago.

09-03-2012, 05:15 PM
What about a GTX550 or 560 1024mb DDR5 about $300. I'm an Nvidia man.

09-03-2012, 06:13 PM
If you get the 560 at least get the Ti. Sooooo much better :2cents:

09-03-2012, 07:38 PM
560 Ti is where you want to be, $320 plus GST, Spank the daylights out of your old card and killer value for money.

09-03-2012, 09:54 PM
Probably this one http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=403088 all the other makes are $50 or more dearer. My 8800GTS was a Leadtek. All my previous cards have been Leadtek and have never had any prolems with them.
Thanks for the input guys.

09-03-2012, 10:51 PM
Possibly even consider one of amd's new 7770's. Cheaper than a 560ti probably not as good but better than your old gpu. According to some reviews the 7770 is better than a gts8800 dual sli configuration at around 1/4 of the price. And if you ever wonna xfire these things scale quite well.

09-03-2012, 10:58 PM
My 8800GTS was a Leadtek. All my previous cards have been Leadtek and have never had any prolems with them.
Except that it just died ... ;)

10-03-2012, 08:56 AM
The GTX560Ti is a great choice, I had a GTX460 until quite recently which ran pretty much everything and the 560Ti is quite a bit quicker. I probably should have got one myself, but I shot a bit higher.
I also got http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=VGASAP6770&name=Sapphire-HD6770-1G-GDD5-DP-PCI-E-Video-card-Dual-l as a cheap upgrade for my second system, which only has a basic 400W CM PSU and I'm fairly impressed with it for a cheap card.

10-03-2012, 09:00 AM
Thanks for that dugimodo.

10-03-2012, 10:07 AM
9800GT at Firstin for $89.99?

11-03-2012, 01:21 PM
I second the 7770 because I'm an AMD fanboy when it comes to graphics, and I've been able to throw quite alot at my 5770 and 5470 and not have them balk. (Well, the 5470 can't do much but hey it's a budget mobile gpu)

11-03-2012, 01:33 PM
The 7770 is about as good as the 460gtx from memory. My :2cents:

11-03-2012, 03:15 PM
and plus the 7770 uses practically no power.

11-03-2012, 03:22 PM
and plus the 7770 uses practically no power.Neither does the 8800GTS anymore ... :lol:

11-03-2012, 03:26 PM

11-03-2012, 04:05 PM
My HD5770 is still going just fine. I would rather have got a Geforce but the Radeon was cheaper. I guess that fits with their drivers though!

11-03-2012, 04:22 PM
So cheap drivers cause crashes, and generally suck. But expensive drivers cause your 590 to catch on fire right?

11-03-2012, 04:51 PM
Are you talking about this?

"The problem was captured on video by the guys at SweClockers, and is apparently a result of the card drawing more power when overclocked or overvolted than its power circuitry can handle.

However, the problem can only occur if you overclock or overvolt the card, and only if you use an older driver. The GeForce 267.52 driver that was originally given out to the press, and which might be available from some websites, does not activate a safety mechanism that prevents damage to the cardís power components. However, Nvidia's latest driver does feature overcurrent protection."

If so, you cannot solely blame the drivers. For a start, you have to have overclocked (and more importantly, over-volted) it first (something they will tell you is not supported and likely to void warranties) and then you must use drivers which are out of date (the new ones don't do this)

Besides, some ATi cards also have a similar problem, especially when stress tested with Furmark.

12-03-2012, 02:07 PM
Just wondering...
what are the games that need lots of GPU horsepower nowdays ??
And what are the usefull benchmarks to look at nowdays ?? Is futuremark still relevant ??


12-03-2012, 02:31 PM
what are the games that need lots of GPU horsepower nowdays ??

All of them? They likely won't be getting any lighter.

And what are the usefull benchmarks to look at nowdays ?? Is futuremark still relevant ??

I find benchmarks only useful for stress testing. For actual performance measurement they seem pointless. Who plays a game by watching a benchmark?

If you want to know how well your computer runs playing a certain game, then play that actual game, forget some possibly-biased benchmark software.

12-03-2012, 02:57 PM
....... Who plays a game by watching a benchmark?

Thats all I have time for at the mo. :rolleyes:
I have to admit the GPU grunt needed for me playing trademe isnt that high.

I was wondering what benchmarks are most relevant for comparing cards , when looking and reviews.
Some benchmarks are from games themsleves, some of these games seem a bit old though.

12-03-2012, 03:05 PM
I like to refer to Toms monthly article myself, latest one here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
No site is perfect, but at least Tom's test with real games and explain the reccomendations. The chart on the last page is my main reference, giving a good approximation of relative performance.