June 25, 2016

Teknikle Hep Kneeded

Hello, my valued readers.  I have a... not a problem, exactly, but a curiosity certainly.  Y'see, as you may have noticed at the end of my last post, I have taken advantage of this summer's Steam Sale to obtain a couple of new games.  Emphasis on "new"... Fallout 4 and WWE2K16 being the first modern and relatively current AAA games I've installed in my sweetheart of a computer named Nori.

As it turns out, however, these are also the first games that are too much for the onboard Intel graphics system to handle.  The wrasslin' game gets about 13 fps during the benchmark, then dies before completing it.  F4 lets me click "play" on the launch menu, then the screen goes black for a few seconds before returning to the desktop.  Yep, that's right... all those WarThunder and World of Warships screenies were taken using motherboard graphics.  And it's been perfectly playable, too!  Mid-30s fps at all times is a-okay, after all.  But now it is time to install the graphics card I've owned for two years... and I'm terrified.

See, I've realized that I can't remember the last time I installed a graphics card that wasn't replacing a card by the same manufacturer... Nvidia, in my case... and I have no idea just exactly what I need to do!  I'm not that worried about actually putting the card into the case... that's just thumb-and-clip-and-maybe-a-screwdriver work. Do I uninstall the onboard Intel drivers?  Or put in the card, boot the system, then put the Nvidia drivers over them?  If I remove the Intel drivers, will I have any graphics at all when I reboot?  VGA?  What?  And why the hell has it taken me two years to finally get around to doing this?

All advice is welcome, desperately!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 03:44 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I really like the near top end NVidia I'm running (A GTX980.) Generally, the last two digits should be higher for a better card. I don't think any of your onboard drivers will cause any problems. You might need updated cabling. (My card supports 3 DisplayPorts, 1 HDMI, and 1 DVI port, I just use the HDMI to my TV). It pretty much configures itself based on what's plugged into it.

WoT and WoWS run at 60-120 FPS for me (Depending on the complexity of the scene) with the graphics punched all the way up for 1080p.

Posted by: Mauser at June 25, 2016 04:43 PM (5Ktpu)

2 Plug in, boot, you should get basic video with no problem. Go download the Nvidia driver. It's a single driver these days, no need to worry about card model. Boom, done. Very painless overall.

Posted by: Avatar at June 25, 2016 07:43 PM (v29Tn)

3 Mauser, I'm thrilled about your top-of-the-line card, really I am, but I have the GTX650 because it's the best card I can put in my computer without doing major surgery.

Avatar, I've got three different drivers from Nvidia already: the one on the CD that came with the card, the one I downloaded shortly after obtaining the card, and the one I got earlier today.  Of course, none of them is packaged the same as the others.  Heh.  The newest one is a folder with numerous subfolders and a few .exes, one of which is called "setup."  The one from a couple of years ago looks like a one-click-serves-all "package launcher", and I can only assume the one on the CD is an autorun.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 25, 2016 10:19 PM (Hdexn)

4 Every card I've installed in recent memory, I've just popped in the card, fired it up, then handled drivers. Resolution and colors might look a bit funky, but you should be able to just run that setup exe in the latest download.

I believe the 650 is the first nvidia card that came with the native ability to screencap gameplay video, so now you can record your triumphs and follies (using a lot of hard drive space).

Posted by: Will at June 26, 2016 08:41 AM (D6ny+)

5 Will, that works fine if your mobo is very recent and has the right interface slot.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 26, 2016 10:05 AM (+rSRq)

6 These days NVidia has this "GeForce Experience" program that can handle driver updates and special features for you (often with optimum game settings it can set up for you).

Posted by: Mauser at June 26, 2016 11:39 AM (5Ktpu)

7 CD is a drink coaster, and as Mauser points out NVidia has made drivers pretty painless.  Insert card, download latest driver, done.  (The mobo drivers should get out of the way without any action on your part.)

Posted by: DougO at June 26, 2016 01:44 PM (iirnQ)

8 As has been noted, installing an nVidia card is pretty painless nowadays. If Windows doesn't run out and grab suitable drivers all on its own, a quick trip to nVidia's site will get you going within minutes (barring super-slow download speeds). The motherboard will (almost certainly) detect that you've plunked a "real" video card into place and get completely out of the way of the display process.

Posted by: GreyDuck at June 27, 2016 07:08 AM (rKFiU)

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