Originally Posted by bimba101
Hey Savat. Yes point taken. What i am trying to "discover" is that although the extra kick of the GTX would be good is it necessary for my application? I do a lot of 'Stuff' with my machine, video, animation, Oblivion etc, but am often using it just for word processing and internet. I travel a lot and need all the battery power i can get. is it a huge increase in temp and loss of battery to install the GTX instead of OCing the GS? at present my 7800 can hit 70-75c with me doing word processing on my bed, bad air circulation i know. So i am still interested if the 1500 can be flashed and OC to a GSX... this is the circumstance of my work www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoq68CPLq4M www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPF_uU61als
Hey nice video the first one with the stuntman. I think I've never seen somebody jump this far or this high. You're the director ? He's a friend of yours ? Back on topic now, the general rule is the higher the resolution and the clocks, the higher the temps and consumption. I think the 7950GTX draws 40watts or so of power just for itself. However, my 7950GTX is clocked higher than my old 7900GS was, but the temps are still lower because the card can handle more. In actual gaming, the GTX is a considerable jump from the 7900GS, so I assume it's even more true with older cards like yours. You say you hit 70-75 degrees, this is very low. These card can handle a lot more. The bios is programmed to start the fans once the temps hit the 70s range. With third party software, it's easy to control the temperature in the 50s degrees. If you think you could use a little more visual quality or performance in a game like Oblivion, the GTX will give it to you. you won't gain anything with a GTX when video editing or such. This relies more on CPU, and you already have a good one. For 2d on battery power, like I said power consumption is less an issue because the card is set at 100Mhz. The one aspect I think affects the most battery life under normal use is LCD brightness. As for your question "So i am still interested if the 1500 can be flashed and OC to a GSX...", I do not know about the 1500 specifically, but if it is possible I would do it because it won't affect your 2D use and will give you an extra punch in 3D on AC power. I would even more check the other more popular method : Unlocked BIOS. There's a thread here. Check if your card is supported, most cards are. This way you can o/c your card in software mode and find the sweet spot without the hassle of flashing and flashing over again.