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taylorb
10-09-2012, 08:49 AM
Hi
Could anyone tell me in terms of performance is it worth upgrading to a GeForce GT 610, http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt-610

from a GeForce 9600GT
http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/product_geforce_9600gt_uk.html?

It's about a 40 swap, was just wondering if the performance difference was actually tangible.

Danke

Chilling_Silence
10-09-2012, 09:17 AM
I'm pretty sure the GT610 is a *downgrade* in performance?

icow
10-09-2012, 09:51 AM
Yeah the 610 will actually be worse.

inphinity
10-09-2012, 10:17 AM
You're using that word "Upgrade" wrong. It would imply the newer option was better. It's not. The 9600GT was a mid-range card, the 610 is an entry-level card at best, despite being 3 generations newer. You will only see a benefit if you're specifically taking full advantage of the features the newer architecture offers. Raw performance, in most situations, the 9600GT will match or better it. You'd want to look at a GTX460 or better.

SolMiester
10-09-2012, 11:46 AM
Hi
Could anyone tell me in terms of performance is it worth upgrading to a GeForce GT 610, http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt-610

from a GeForce 9600GT
http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/product_geforce_9600gt_uk.html?

It's about a 40 swap, was just wondering if the performance difference was actually tangible.

Danke

Interesting, I have 96GT at home and 610 in old work PC, now have 620, however I believe neither will be as quick as the 96GT

dugimodo
10-09-2012, 04:04 PM
To reinforce what's been said, It's too new to be on this table;
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
But from what I can gather the 610 is based on the old 520 which is so far below the 9600GT it's not even in the same ballpark. 9600GT is a gaming card from a few years back, 610 is Not a gaming card at all and might do for home theatre or basic desktop duties but that's about it.

taylorb
11-09-2012, 10:25 AM
Thanks for all that info guys, completely above my head if i'm honest.

Think i'm gonna go for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-550ti/specifications

Was going to buy it from Pc World

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/asus-nvidia-gtx550-ti-pci-e-graphics-card-1gb-11284345-pdt.html?intcmpid=display~RR~~11284345

Is there any significance with the ASUS preceding the name, there are a few others with the same name but different four letter combinations.

Cheers

ChazTheGeek
12-09-2012, 04:39 PM
Yeah go for the GTX 550 Ti instead. The 610 and 9600GT would be rubbish compared to the 550 Ti.

8ftmetalhaed
12-09-2012, 06:25 PM
Asus are a pretty reputable manufacturer, when compared with the likes of Sapphire.
As a rule of thumb, Asus, Gigabyte are brands to go for, Sapphire less so. Things like parts, warranty, cooling, are all things that change between the brands, despite being the same cards.

Chilling_Silence
12-09-2012, 07:14 PM
^^ Well said. If you can spare the extra for a Gigabyte / Asus card then do-so. My last Sapphire card had no thermal paste between GPU / Heatsink, had to apply my own :(

icow
12-09-2012, 07:28 PM
Wasn't that powercolour? Or has this happened to you multiple times Chill?


@OP: I'd go with a 7770 over a 550ti. The 7770 is basically an all round better card at the same price point and based on newer tech.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=536

Chilling_Silence
13-09-2012, 03:48 PM
You may have been right, I'll double-check, I have the box at home...

ChazTheGeek
13-09-2012, 04:26 PM
^^ Well said. If you can spare the extra for a Gigabyte / Asus card then do-so. My last Sapphire card had no thermal paste between GPU / Heatsink, had to apply my own :(

That's a bit poor from Sapphire :(

8ftmetalhaed
13-09-2012, 06:37 PM
I was a bit wary of going XFX myself, given that I saw computerlounge with that motherboard that they lasered 'XFX' into to destroy it. But it seems their graphics cards are alright. Mine does alright anyway. Only when I pushed it in tf2 or skyrim during summer did I hear the fans really going for it.

dugimodo
14-09-2012, 07:14 AM
I had a XFX GTX260, it was a good card and never failed but made an annoying high pitched whine under load, and not a fan noise more like a stressed component screeching.
then I got an XFX motherboard when the first i7's where released to build my first high end beast. It was a bad motherboard, refused to work in triple channel mode or recognise more than two of the three RAM chips but would work fine with any one of them in any slot and pass all the tests. The forums were full of people with memory issues. It sure looked awesome though all green and black and sexy. I returned it and got an Asus and haven't bought an XFX since.

Chilling_Silence
14-09-2012, 08:04 AM
Just checked, yup, Powercolor 6870. My bad...