Hi I had a 9700 Pro but have recently upgraded to a 9800 XT but can't see much of a difference in the two cards. On Medal of Honor I got 100 fps and with the 9800 XT I get the same frame rate. Also in Call of Duty seems to give me about the same fps. What I would like to know is there a way to make the most out of the card? How can I get a better fps, as ive noticed that a lot of other people seem to get a better fps when they are running a 9600 Pro.
Thanks for the responses guys - will look into the first link. I already benchmarked my mahcine using 3D Mark 03 and got a score of 7000 but its just that when playing Call Of Duty and Medal of Honor ive noticed people with a mid-budget card get good frame rates so I thought I shoudl expect a higher fps to what im getting. Just a learning experience as I want to see what my card can do :D
I think it is because you run at 1280 x 1024, that is why your FPS isnt as high as you hoped it would be. Try the 1024 x 768 resolution and see what that does. Seeing as you had a 9700 Pro before, must say unless you had the money for it which you most probably did, there wasnt any point upgrading to the 9800 XT. Have you checked to see if your Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic is on as well. Try turning them off as although they give good image quality, it can really degraded performance levels.
Putting in a faster graphics card will make no difference if the performance of the game is limited by the speed of the rest of your system.
A look at graphic card performance tests on Toms Hardware will show you this effect. Especially in games which give good frame rates on budget cards, then this effect will happen - if the game gets to run as fast as it possibly can, then better graphics performance has no effect.