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ZenFrog76
15-06-04, 09:37
Ok...so I have just gone and had built for me a superduper pc but still can't run the game without Lara looking like she is stuck in treacle...
I have all the latest drivers and the spec of the machine is
2.8 Intel Pentium 4 Processor
1gig Ram
40gig Hard Drive
GeForce FX5700 256mb (top end spec card)
Sound Blaster Audigy2 Card with EAX2 (which does sound awesome by the way)
DVD Writer

I seem to have to run the game in FF mode (which doesn't really test the graphix card) but when I use the normal settings in places where there are lots of graphics Lara slows down.

PS I am running Windows XP Home Edition

Any Ideas? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-1.gif

Joseph
15-06-04, 09:47
Super PC, but the wrong graphic card. Comparison (http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031023/nvidia-nv38-nv36-31.html) Hurry back to the shop, and change it for the best ATI Radeon for your money! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

ZenFrog76
15-06-04, 09:51
but isn't nvidia better? I don't wanna start an argument here but I have always used Nvidia and have been told they are better for games....never used Radeon but that card may cause problems with other games I have..I don't just play Tomb Raider...lol

Simulation
15-06-04, 11:23
Originally posted by Herwr:
but isn't nvidia better? Well.... Not always. The performance crown moves between nVidia and ATI on a regular basis. ATI used to suffer from poor driver support a couple of years ago, but now both ATI and nVidia offer unified drivers of similar quality.

However, about a year to 6months ago ATI had been beating nVidia hands down, particularly with DX9 games. In fact, the performance of nVidia cards with TRAOD was so bad that they made Eidos remove the benchmarking features within the game.
Over the last 6 months nVidia has improved their drivers so the difference has been narrowed.

Tomshardware ATi's Radeon 9800 XT in this test, coming in behind the Radeon 970 Pro, soundly beats the FX 5950 Ultra. The FX 5700 Ultra plays in the same performance league as the Radeon 9600 Pro. The 9600 XT benefits from its better shader performance, which is a direct result of its higher core clockspeed. I have have used numerous nVidia and ATI cards over the years and at the moment I would still go for ATI.

Have you checked you are running the latest nVidia Driver (http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp) ? It could make a big difference. It might also be worth turn off DOF2 (depth of feild) as that is a real FPS killer.

Oh...... Another point is that Lara can be slow at the begining of the game until she has a couple of Power upgrades. She does get stronger and faster as the game progresses.

[ 15. June 2004, 12:26: Message edited by: Simulation ]

Joseph
15-06-04, 11:52
Originally posted by Herwr:
but isn't nvidia better? I don't wanna start an argument here but I have always used Nvidia and have been told they are better for games....never used Radeon but that card may cause problems with other games I have..I don't just play Tomb Raider...lolOn my ATI Radeon 9700 Pro, i can play EVERY single game. Not every game plays normally (or at all) on Windows XP, but DO on Win 98 / ME, so therefore i have a dual boot system. They both adress the same - my- graph card, but in different ways.
Your PC is new. Why don't you install dual-boot ? First change cards, format your hdd, create 2 partitions, install 98 / ME on C, then XP on D, in NTFS. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Joseph
15-06-04, 12:44
Originally posted by Herwr:
... but that card may cause problems with other games I have..The graphic card companies always keep improving their drivers, which they offer on their website under support / download drivers. Always look for a "Fixed in this driver" information article that usually comes with it. You'll see that in every new release they fixed errors that are driver-related, for specific games. They appreciate feedback of customers reporting their experiences.