Is the Nvidia Geforce 8800 GS good for gaming

Discussion in 'iMac' started by flipster, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    I have an iMac with a 3.06 ghz intel core 2 duo processor, snow leopard 10.6.3, an nvidia geforce 8800 gs, and 2 gb of ram. I wanted to play games like Counter Strike: Source and Left 4 Dead 2. How would those games work on my iMac?
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Probably do it on medium to high settings with no issues.
     
  3. aki macrumors 6502a

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    i have your exact machine except for 4gb ram rather than 2gb

    i dont actually play either of the titles you list, but I've played lots of other 3d graphics games without any issues at all. as a very general rule, if its a somewhat older game, i can usually run everything at max or near max settings. if its a current title, again as an average, id probably end up running games at about 80% of their max settings ie. still looking very nice

    so yes i think its a good card (given the age of it)

    one thing - be sure you have updated directx and your nvidia drivers - it helps
     
  4. TheAppFinder macrumors newbie

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    I wouldnt game on the 8800 GS. Its probably going to start dying on you in a year or less. I am going through my 3rd card in a month.
     
  5. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    What manufacturer? Just because your card keeps dying doesn't mean it is specifically the nVidia chip.
     
  6. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Eh? All the 8800GS cards in the iMacs are nVIDIA reference boards, branded as nVIDIA. Basically yes, it's the nVIDIA chip going wrong.
     
  7. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    I thought you were talking about a PC or Mac Pro since you said it was on a card.

    Are you saying you've been through 3 iMacs?
     

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