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2GB DDR3 vs. 1GB DDR5

So I will buy a graphics card soon (nvidia), and I was wondering should i buy a graphics card with more or with faster memory? (i3 3240 3.4 Ghz, 4GB DDR3 RAM,H61M-PRO Motherboard)

I will use it for video editing and gaming.
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  1. DDR5 RAM is faster than DDR3 and so no difference.
  2. go with the ddr5,I have a ddr5 gpu and from bechmark i see that ddr5 gpu is 10-20% faster than their ddr3 counterpart.
  3. The only time you see GDDR3 Vs. GDDR5 is on slower graphics cards, there's a reason faster graphics cards all have GDDR5 right now. The only time you need more memory on a graphics card is when you're doing hi resolution gaming, and since low end cards won't do hi resolution gaming very well, the best bet is the faster memory. So that's the solution, go for the GDDR 5 card.
  4. jossrik said:
    The only time you see GDDR3 Vs. GDDR5 is on slower graphics cards, there's a reason faster graphics cards all have GDDR5 right now. The only time you need more memory on a graphics card is when you're doing hi resolution gaming, and since low end cards won't do hi resolution gaming very well, the best bet is the faster memory. So that's the solution, go for the GDDR 5 card.

    +1 got a 7730 gddr 5 haha
  5. Go with the DDR5. The DDR3 cards are laptop cards that are a little cheaper because the share the system memory.
  6. Best answer
    Any half decent card will have GDDR5 anyway, however your question can't really be answered since you don't give a budget. 2GB is probably overkill for an HD7750 or less though I think you'd be far better off stretching to a slightly better card like the one BELOW:

    GTX750Ti->

    If your budget is no more than $160 I recommend the GTX750Ti which uses the new GPU architecture from NVidia: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_750_Ti_OC/25.html

    This is the most power efficient gaming card you can buy.

    Example: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43751kr

    **I prefer the ASUS card but it just jumped in price from $155 to $170 so I linked the $150 EVGA. Still worth it IMO.
  7. photonboy said:
    Any half decent card will have GDDR5 anyway.

    If your budget is no more than $160 I recommend the GTX750Ti which uses the new GPU architecture from NVidia: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_750_Ti_OC/25.html

    This is the most power efficient gaming card you can buy.

    Example: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43751kr

    **I prefer the ASUS card but it just jumped in price from $155 to $170 so I linked the $150 EVGA. Still worth it IMO.


    Hey just wanted to ask if there is a single slot gtx 750?
  8. When theres the choice between a 2GB GDDR3 card, and a 1GB GDDR5 card, there so no reason ever to buy the 2GB card. It will be slower, the 1GB extra VRAM won't do anything.
  9. Single-slot 750?

    I highly doubt it. None of the ones I saw anyway. The 750 costs $120 and you can get a 750Ti from EVGA that's exactly the same size (2-slot) but it has lower performance and only 1GB of VRAM so maybe not the best value.

    I don't think there are any "gaming" cards that are 1-slot only.
  10. Trave said:
    photonboy said:
    Any half decent card will have GDDR5 anyway.

    If your budget is no more than $160 I recommend the GTX750Ti which uses the new GPU architecture from NVidia: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_750_Ti_OC/25.html

    This is the most power efficient gaming card you can buy.

    Example: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43751kr

    **I prefer the ASUS card but it just jumped in price from $155 to $170 so I linked the $150 EVGA. Still worth it IMO.


    Hey just wanted to ask if there is a single slot gtx 750?


    Not yet there is no reason there shouldn't be though. IOgear(I think) showed one off somewhere but I haven't seen it for sale.
  11. Trave said:
    photonboy said:
    Any half decent card will have GDDR5 anyway.

    If your budget is no more than $160 I recommend the GTX750Ti which uses the new GPU architecture from NVidia: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_750_Ti_OC/25.html

    This is the most power efficient gaming card you can buy.

    Example: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43751kr

    **I prefer the ASUS card but it just jumped in price from $155 to $170 so I linked the $150 EVGA. Still worth it IMO.


    Hey just wanted to ask if there is a single slot gtx 750?


    Not yet there is no reason there shouldn't be though. IOgear(I think) showed one off somewhere but I haven't seen it for sale.
  12. Trave said:
    photonboy said:
    Any half decent card will have GDDR5 anyway.

    If your budget is no more than $160 I recommend the GTX750Ti which uses the new GPU architecture from NVidia: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_750_Ti_OC/25.html

    This is the most power efficient gaming card you can buy.

    Example: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43751kr

    **I prefer the ASUS card but it just jumped in price from $155 to $170 so I linked the $150 EVGA. Still worth it IMO.


    Hey just wanted to ask if there is a single slot gtx 750?


    Not yet there is no reason there shouldn't be though. IOgear(I think) showed one off somewhere but I haven't seen it for sale.
  13. Single-slot:
    I stand corrected (sort of). The reference 750Ti is "single slot" though the fan would interfere with any slot below so it's POINTLESS for many people unless they have a SHORT PCIe/PCI card right below that doesn't interfere with the fan.
    http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/graphics-cards/nvidia-geforce-gtx-750-ti-1225593/review

    Not sure where you buy it from either, nor if a "true" single-slot solution exists for the 750/750ti.
  14. photonboy said:
    Single-slot 750?

    I highly doubt it. None of the ones I saw anyway. The 750 costs $120 and you can get a 750Ti from EVGA that's exactly the same size (2-slot) but it has lower performance and only 1GB of VRAM so maybe not the best value.

    I don't think there are any "gaming" cards that are 1-slot only.


    Ow nm saw one already http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121854
  15. photonboy said:
    Single-slot:
    I stand corrected (sort of). The reference 750Ti is "single slot" though the fan would interfere with any slot below so it's POINTLESS for many people unless they have a SHORT PCIe/PCI card right below that doesn't interfere with the fan.
    http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/graphics-cards/nvidia-geforce-gtx-750-ti-1225593/review

    Not sure where you buy it from either, nor if a "true" single-slot solution exists for the 750/750ti.

    Got a btx mobo(dell optiplex 780 MT)
  16. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GDDR
    2GB GDDR5 is enough to drive a 2560x1600 screen in battlefield 4 in high settings.
  17. Trave said:
    photonboy said:
    Single-slot:
    I stand corrected (sort of). The reference 750Ti is "single slot" though the fan would interfere with any slot below so it's POINTLESS for many people unless they have a SHORT PCIe/PCI card right below that doesn't interfere with the fan.
    http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/graphics-cards/nvidia-geforce-gtx-750-ti-1225593/review

    Not sure where you buy it from either, nor if a "true" single-slot solution exists for the 750/750ti.

    Got a btx mobo(dell optiplex 780 MT)


    The PICTURES I looked at where confusing, though you can easily OPEN the case yourself to see if a 2-slot solution would work.

    I get the impression that it WOULD provided nothing is blocking you below.

    The POWER SUPPLY would probably handle any graphics card that doesn't require a 6-pin PCIe power connector, and since the GTX750Ti is the most powerful card in that category you can't do any better.

    Be careful to confirm that whatever card you choose does NOT have a 6-pin connector.

    *My advice is get the EVGA 750Ti if possible.

    (Another issue with the single-slot card is that there's no exhaust path, it just blows air back into the case)

    **I believe this is your computer?
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=dell+optiplex+780+MT&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=6GUSU9ScC-OiyAH324GwCQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1463&bih=755#facrc=_&imgdii=6lTAWgp_BLUlxM%3A%3BVyUosKpPfs2qFM%3B6lTAWgp_BLUlxM%3A&imgrc=6lTAWgp_BLUlxM%253A%3BLbsn69w_kFlHNM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fmicrodream.co.uk%252Fmedia%252Fcatalog%252Fproduct%252Fcache%252F1%252Fimage%252F500x500%252F9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95%252F1%252F9%252F198785-greenline-dell-optoplex-gx760-minitower-refurb-pc-lineouts03-acc_2_1.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fmicrodream.co.uk%252Fdesktop-pc%252Fdell-optiplex-780-mt-core-2-duo-e8500-3-16ghz-windows-7-professional-64-bit-desktop-pc-computer.html%3B500%3B500

    ***If there's any doubt about the POWER SUPPLY, you'd need to find the model numbers so we can find the 12V amperage to see if it supports your CPU and a 750/750ti.
  18. Update:
    That "single slot" Asus card isn't truly single slot as the cooler would hit any card right below it. So again, you are far better off with a dual-slot card. I really don't see the point of this single-slot solution.

    **VERIFY you even have a regular PCIe x16 slot, and if you do measure the length of a card that would fit.

    The recommended 12V amperage minimum for the 750Ti is about 20Amps.
  19. Trave said:
    photonboy said:
    Any half decent card will have GDDR5 anyway.

    If your budget is no more than $160 I recommend the GTX750Ti which uses the new GPU architecture from NVidia: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_750_Ti_OC/25.html

    This is the most power efficient gaming card you can buy.

    Example: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43751kr

    **I prefer the ASUS card but it just jumped in price from $155 to $170 so I linked the $150 EVGA. Still worth it IMO.


    Hey just wanted to ask if there is a single slot gtx 750?


    The reference card on nVidia's website is single-slot. Not sure if any of the cards by ODMs have the single slot or not though.
  20. Btw if you want the most power efficient and value for money card in the world, take the EVGA GTX 750 SC. I have it. It nearly matches the performance of the GTX 750Ti with the 20% factory overclock.
  21. photonboy said:
    Update:
    That "single slot" Asus card isn't truly single slot as the cooler would hit any card right below it. So again, you are far better off with a dual-slot card. I really don't see the point of this single-slot solution.

    **VERIFY you even have a regular PCIe x16 slot, and if you do measure the length of a card that would fit.

    The recommended 12V amperage minimum for the 750Ti is about 20Amps.

    See this post to get more idea http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1765593/graphics-card-computer-optiplex-755.html almost identical to my system,the MT one.
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