lloyd notes

Notes about video games

Extended Nvidia Graphics Card Comparison Chart

The land is starting to warm up again with the approach of Summer, and I expect the rains and harsh winds to grow more frequent. As I often do when these same months come by, I wonder if my computer will be able to withstand the heat.

With technology moving ever forward, this year-old chart is now woefully out of date. I made it sometime in 2015 when I decided to upgrade from my miraculously still-functional 9800 GT, but the card was old enough that it simply did not appear on the performance charts that Nvidia makes for their new cards.

So, I took two charts and stitched them together, and drew all over it.


I eventually chose the 750 Ti as it conveniently sat between the two theoretical points of the GPU power of the PS1 and XB1. The consoles themselves were speculated to be similar to certain Radeon cards, so I obtained conversions of it to a roughly equivalent Nvidia card rating, and drew lines on the chart. It apparently turned out to be a good choice, since Digital Foundry pretty much exclusively used the 750 Ti when comparing the PC version of a game against the console versions.

Despite the low performance, it also used the latest architecture by Nvidia at the time (now superseded by Pascal), so I suspected that it would actually run better than the theoretical level of the PS4, due to driver support.

The 9800 GT lasted for much longer than I had ever anticipated, and it was probably because I bought a version with an overloaded amount of VRAM.

The last games I ever played on it? Divinity: Original Sin. Maxed settings, 1080p.

The game that prompted me to upgrade? The Witcher 3.


Notes on this site

The air grows chilly again.

Here, it marks the midpoint of the year rather than a new one, but it’s a starting point to wax poetic, nevertheless. In any case, I come to a sad realisation.

“I’m probably not good at this, am I?”

It’s probably one of those things that many aspiring writers of what-have-you run into at some point. This probably isn’t my own first time, either. It’s the usual lamenting of how one does not post or update enough, and they’ll swear to “do better next time”, whatever that means. It makes me think of a Saturday morning cartoon villain.

I only seem to post here about once a year, as a little outlet that no one reads. It’s not as if I bother to advertise this page or anything, and I tend to delete my older posts as I grow unsatisfied with them – as if the person who wrote it wasn’t really the “me” at this very moment.

Well, instead of saying I’ll “do better next time”, I suppose I should write something different.

“I’ll figure it out eventually.”

…Well, that wasn’t very reassuring. Perhaps I should try to actually remember to post what I keep on planning to post, which, hopefully, is not a set of weird journals or articles or anything like that.

Notes. Plain notes, which I’ve found useful. Research notes, of things I’ve looked into. Nothing formal. Generally related to video games. Probably not technical.