Can nVidia cards run in not-so-standard resolutions?

pennylane

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I have a new BFG6800NU OC with 66.81 drivers.

I need a new processor but I don't have money right now... before my 9600 broke, I was running CS:Source at 960x720. It looked significantly better than 800x600 and played better than 1024x768. My Athlon XP 1800 is the bottlenock and it doesn't run 1024x768 all that well. If I could run CS:Source at 960x720, I think I'd get the smoothest good looking game I could until I get the money to upgrade the processor... so are there drivers that let me use it?
 

yhelothar

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Yes. nvidia cards gives you more resolutions to run at than any other brand, especially with the custom resolution feature built into the driver.
 

Peter

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Performance differences from one resolution to the other are NOT influenced by the CPU - the scenery is exactly the same. It's the graphics card's limitations, mainly in its RAM bandwidth, that does this.
 
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Originally posted by: Peter
Performance differences from one resolution to the other are NOT influenced by the CPU - the scenery is exactly the same. It's the graphics card's limitations, mainly in its RAM bandwidth, that does this.

If I got this right: doom3 1600*1200:

Fps on A64 FX55 with 6800Ultra = Fps on Athlon XP 1800+ with 6800Ultra ?

....Cpu bottleneck is the problem



 

Peter

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... and remains the same even if you lower the resolution. That's a different situation - the CPU not keeping up with the graphics card's rendering capabilities, regardless of resolution.

Whenever lowering the resolution gives you better performance, you're limited by the graphics card. It's rather more like "performance with XP1800+ and Radeon 9200SE == performance with FX55 and R9200SE".