New graphics card

I recently decided I needed a new graphics card at home. As I mentioned last month, a new version of SimCity is coming out soon (next week, as a matter of fact)

My previous card, a Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS  with 256MB memory, was purchased in the end of 2006, and it was at that time considered a upper mid-range graphics cards. At this time, I built myself a new computer to play the brand new Flight Simulator X, which was a demanding game both for graphics and CPU. I think I paid $189 for it.

That card was nice, even if I still could not play Flight Simulator with smooth graphics in the highest resolution and with highest realism/quality settings. But I could not justify spending hundreds of dollar on a faster/better graphics card. I don’t play that much games, most of what I do at home is using Photoshop, video editing and programming.

But today — after some online research and comparison of benchmarks for different cards — I went to my local Fry’s Electronics during lunch and purchased the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti with 2GB DDR5 memory, at a price of $299. I also got a $10 mail-in rebate (which I probably will forget to send in) and a free download of Assassin’s Creed III.

Here is a comparison of the two cards. Amazing what have happened in 6 years…

Comparison chart between Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS and GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Comparison between my old Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS and ne GeForce GTX 660 Ti.
Click on image for larger version.

Leave a Reply