I need advise on this issue. I can't decide myself. I have EVGA 8800 GTS 320MB super clocked which has 25 days left on Step-up program. . I love eye candy in games. My monitor supports max 1440x900 resolutions. I am really looking forward to crysis. Should I upgrade to 640 Mb versions. It’s 100 dollars more for base model and 130 dollars for super clocked version. Am I good with 320MB on 1440X900?????
It's very hard to say at that resolution. Anything lower I'd be certain the 320 version is fine, anything higher and I'd vote for the 640 MB version.
How does the step-up program work? If you do upgrade to the GTS 640 MB, do you get another 90 days in which you can upgrade the 640 MB to the 9800 GTX or whatever will come out next? Or is it over and you don't qualify for the program any more? Or do you just get the remaining several days ?
How much are shipping costs? I assume you pay to send your old card there and to get the new one to you.
How much time do you have to live without a card while the exchange takes place?
Are you planning to upgrade the monitor to 1920x1200 or more some time soon?
the 320mb will be fine for 1440 X 900 resolution. In fact, there is no difference between the 320 and 640 versions untill you go HIGHER then 1600 X 1200, You could probably even upgrade your monitor to a widescreen 1680 X 1050 and still be fine. The extra memory is only used at the higher resolution. In fact, the superclocked 320 will outperform the stock 640. Just search tomshardware and anandtech and you will find articles that compare the 320 to the 640 version. they have both done reviews on them.
ive got an 8800gts 320 and my monitor is also 1440x900 and it seams to run every game perfectly at max settings with AA and AF. i get about 100 fps in games like FEAR, battlefield 2, counter strike source and call of duty 2. As for crysis i have no idea
For what you run,no.But I always recommend the 640 over the 320 simply because of the extra memory.You can never have too much vram.I do think that the 320 will not be quite as effective as the 640 for maximum eye candy.But if you are on the step up program,then why not look into the 8800GTX?It has awesome performance for a video card,and it will literaly power its way through crysis with ease,just like Oblivion.Goodluck.
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Good point. With all the waiting and shipping and so on you might as well go for the GTX to make it really worth the effort. The difference between GTS 320 and GTS 640 is too small at your resolution to be worth all that.