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128MB or 256MB... Does it make a diference in an AGP card?

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February 1, 2006 8:55:56 PM

Does it make a diference in a PCIE card. How about 512 MB?

Is there significant gain with games or 3DMark.

I recently purchased an Asus 6600 AGP with 256 MB. The amount of memory was a significant factor in my purchase decision. Did I goofed.

Thanks.
February 1, 2006 9:10:20 PM

The amount of RAM in your video card is not going to be a huge factor in game performance, and from using all sorts of video cards (from VooDoo 5500AGP 64MB to x850XT 256MB to SLI 6800GS's w/ 512MB RAM) I can safely say that using a card with 128MB vs. 256MB won't be the factor in performance, it will be your RAM and the clock speeds of the card. The strange thing is comparing a PCI-E 6600GT 128MB to AGP 6800GT 256MB, the 6600GT was able to beat a 6800GT, obviously comparing AGP and PCI-E isn't good, but one wouldn't think a card with half the pipes would outperform one with double.

~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time.
February 1, 2006 9:13:59 PM

Generally no it does not make a big difference.

Most games can hardly use 128MB.

256MB is nice but somewhat overkill.

512MB is overkill.
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February 1, 2006 9:16:13 PM

One thing I wish was with games like Doom 3 and Quake 4 that on Ultra High settings use 500MB of Textures, if they would load that into your Video RAM instead of throwing most of it into your System RAM. This would allow people with 1GB of RAM and a 512MB Video Card or SLI 512MB to play games at those settings w/o having loading every 2 seconds.

~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time.
February 1, 2006 9:50:16 PM

prozac, not to disrespect or insult you, but from your sig, I can tell you've never used x1900 on Ultra in a system with 1GB RAM. I know benchmarks like to show frames per second, but when I run Ultra with 1GB of RAM I get 40FPS as well, but that doesn't mean I don't see loading every 5 seconds.

~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time.
February 1, 2006 10:24:43 PM

NO

he brought a 6600 256meg card, it probably has a 128bit interface, it will never need the 256mb it would be more efficent for the card to work with 128mb.

even if the card was 512meg the memory bandwidth would be to slow to use it all, if on the other hand it was 512bit it would have amazing bandwidth and slaughter most games.

The biggest factor would be you memory interface when comparing like for like cards!

here is one for you a 6800 128mb with 12 piplines and 300mhz core will slaughter a 6600 128mb card with gt clock/memory ratings why because of the 256bit memory interface vs the 128bit.

Since when did a 6600gt PCI-E beat a 6800gt AGP ?????????? i never seen it with a AMD system.



If you EXPERIENCE HANG UPS:

Always make sure you have a fast Harddrive or your using RAID to stop pauses in games, or get and extra 512 stick, ur cpu will probably be ok.

Mike maybe you need to defragment or may be you dont know what you doin cuz i dont have a problem in ultra and i have 1 gig of ram and two samsung spinpoints in raid.

MadModMike if a 7800gt 256mb can handle Doom 3 in ultra then a X1900XT 512 will p1ss all over it, NO Disrespect to ya!!! :twisted:

OOOO yes check the sig click da link.
February 1, 2006 11:53:01 PM

I know it sounded like I was judging your knowledge based on your sig, but the knowledge I was hoping to gain was from somebody who has used an x1900 in a system with 1GB RAM, and from the post previous to mine, you didnt' sound like you had used it. Didn't mean to judge your knowledge, but on the internet, you can't say things in a nice way, just a bunch of words and no emotion.

~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time.
February 2, 2006 12:07:59 AM

Except the people like my friend's friend who buys an FX-51, than buys the FX-53 when it came out, than the FX-55, than SLI, than new vid cards, just because he has money (won the lottery, go figure).

~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time.
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