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    Replace a Geforce 9500GT with a newer card on the cheap

    As the title says. I have an old Geforce 9500GT (1GB DDR3) that simply isn't up to doing very much of anything these days graphics wise apart from showing a desktop. What I want to know is what lower end Nvidia card of the GT 2xx, 4xx and 5xx range would provide better performance, but cost less than £40 (ideally)?

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    Less than £40 is just the 520, which by all accounts isn't up to much at all...the 430 is a bit of an improvement @ ~£45 and the 440 @ ~£50, apparently.

    I don't know nVidia cards like I know AMD cards, but my impression was always that the 450/550 was the lowest reasonable entry point @ ~£70, as below that you sacrifice a lot of performance for a bit of a saving... but then, depends entirely on what you want it for, I guess. The 440 would be sufficient but it won't blow you away with any improvements.

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    Just about the 540 for that price range. Hardly any good though, in fact I just took out the same card (well, different name thanks to nVidia's rename and reuse scheme) because it was far slower than the onboard stuff on Core i3/i5 chipsets.

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    Well, I was hoping that due ot the age of the card that newer but lower end Nvidias would be a bit better in the performance stakes. Ah well. It would have only been used for lower end gaming with older titles anyway.
    What about Radeons in the same price range. Do they perform better than the Nvidias?
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    A little yes, you can probably squeeze a 5450 for just over £40.

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    Using 3D Mark, the 9500GT has a score of 349, the 5450 has a score of 312.

    The GT 520 comes in at 340.

    So, overall, you're really not going to get much different than what you've already got for that budget.

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    Ah well. My 9500 has a passive cooler and does tend to run hot when pushed, so I may just invest in a fan for it and save a few quid in the process!

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    Or get yourself a core i5 on the cheap, fill it with cheapy DDR3 memory and pat yourself on the back for an upgrade well deserved

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    you could buy a 9800GTX and flash it so that it has the firmware updates of the 240GT - they are essentially the same card, but the firmware is what makes the difference as the newer firmware is more efficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    you could buy a 9800GTX and flash it so that it has the firmware updates of the 240GT - they are essentially the same card, but the firmware is what makes the difference as the newer firmware is more efficient.
    Looking at the specs they are not the same card. I cant find anyone saying that this would work and I doubt it would tbh due to one being a different Dx level for one. There are 2 different generations of cards too.
    Do you have a source for that?

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    Tis something I heard on a gaming forum...I will try to dig up the site, it was quite a while back. It was the first gen cards not the 2nd gen cards btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Tis something I heard on a gaming forum...I will try to dig up the site, it was quite a while back. It was the first gen cards not the 2nd gen cards btw.
    Its not possible tbh, "2nd gen cards"??
    The 240 is from the newer generation of cards (aka different PCB) then the 9800 so I would highly doubt it would work. I know its possible to firmware uprate *certain* cards but you have to stick to the same generation.
    It smells of Nvidia haters trying to dissuade people buying a new card "dont by the next gen its the same as a 9800" crud.

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