Think you can run Counterstrike:Source on old cards?

IEC

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Well, I finally got around to selling my Radeon 9700 Pro in preparation for moving to a socket 939/PCI-E platform - so that means my old Asus GeForce 2 MX 400 64MB video card is in my XP 2700+/NF7-S/512MB XMS rig. I'm going to build my new system in a month or so, so I'll have to make do with the video card... I installed my backed up copy of CSS (I had download coupon so I backed it up to DVD before reformat) - it's hilarious to see "DX7" as my highest hardware compatibility. The game looks like crap, but it's definitely playable when the card is OC'ed:

Stock @ 200/167 --> Averages 33 FPS

OC'ed @ 240/200 --> Averages 45 FPS

This is at 1024x768 at min detail. I have to hand it to the folks at Valve; they've made a great game that plays decently even on LOW end components. Let's hear it for other stories of people using ancient video cards! :thumbsup:
 

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Hm, maybe not ancient, but crappy? I got COD:UO to play okay on my Intel Extreme 2 IGP laptop :p
 

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I haven't tried it, but I am in the same boat you are in... I just sold by 6800GT yesterday and I have my P4 and mobo on ebay currently. Aside from my Powerbook, right now my rig is an Asus A7A266, 1.2GHz Thunderbird, with an AGP ATi 7200 because I am getting ready to make the PCIe/SLI plunge in a bit. I'll see if I can run some CS:S benches and post the results.

What do you get in the stress test?

I had RMA'ed a 6800GT in the past and was using a GeForce2 MX 400 then, and I did some benchmarks in Doom3. Sweet, I dug up that old post.

Anyway, for those of you who wanted Doom3 benches on the GeForce2 MX 400 (not like I'm spending any time playing), here ya go...

timedemo demo1 1

High Quality 1280x1024 no AA/AF v-sync on, all options on (the way I played with the GT)

2148 Frames Rendered in 1110.5 Seconds = 1.9 FPS

Low Quality 640x480 no AA/AF v-sync off, all options off

2148 Frames Rendered in 121.8 Seconds = 17.6 FPS

...not quite as nice as your results in CS:S.
 

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Originally posted by: ariafrost
Well, I finally got around to selling my Radeon 9700 Pro in preparation for moving to a socket 939/PCI-E platform - so that means my old Asus GeForce 2 MX 400 64MB video card is in my XP 2700+/NF7-S/512MB XMS rig. I'm going to build my new system in a month or so, so I'll have to make do with the video card... I installed my backed up copy of CSS (I had download coupon so I backed it up to DVD before reformat) - it's hilarious to see "DX7" as my highest hardware compatibility. The game looks like crap, but it's definitely playable when the card is OC'ed:

Stock @ 200/167 --> Averages 33 FPS

OC'ed @ 240/200 --> Averages 45 FPS

This is at 1024x768 at min detail. I have to hand it to the folks at Valve; they've made a great game that plays decently even on LOW end components. Let's hear it for other stories of people using ancient video cards! :thumbsup:


Wooo, thats the card I got now, except I got a crappy P4 1.5 ghz processer. It gets really chopps so I gave up on CS:S until I get my new computer up and running.....
 

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Originally posted by: nitromullet
I haven't tried it, but I am in the same boat you are in... I just sold by 6800GT yesterday and I have my P4 and mobo on ebay currently. Aside from my Powerbook, right now my rig is an Asus A7A266, 1.2GHz Thunderbird, with an AGP ATi 7200 because I am getting ready to make the PCIe/SLI plunge in a bit. I'll see if I can run some CS:S benches and post the results.

What do you get in the stress test?

I had RMA'ed a 6800GT in the past and was using a GeForce2 MX 400 then, and I did some benchmarks in Doom3. Sweet, I dug up that old post.

Anyway, for those of you who wanted Doom3 benches on the GeForce2 MX 400 (not like I'm spending any time playing), here ya go...

timedemo demo1 1

High Quality 1280x1024 no AA/AF v-sync on, all options on (the way I played with the GT)

2148 Frames Rendered in 1110.5 Seconds = 1.9 FPS

Low Quality 640x480 no AA/AF v-sync off, all options off

2148 Frames Rendered in 121.8 Seconds = 17.6 FPS

...not quite as nice as your results in CS:S.

Oops I didn't note that my avg. FPS was from the stress test. In terms of REAL performance it does get choppy when there are intense firefights or a billion grenades, but other than that, it seems okay. Hurts my performance, but then so does my crappy 256/256 DSL with 150ms+ pings. Can't wait to build my new rig and play on campus networks. :D