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DDR2 vs DDR3 in video editing and gaming

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September 2, 2007 5:32:50 PM

I'm trying to buy a video card for my new mobo my laptop seems to run my video editing programs decently but not 100% perfect because i'm upgrading to HD blue ray kind of stuff eventually should i work on getting a 256MB DDR3 or a 512 MB DDR2 (my mobo supports SLI also) i plan to use it for now im trying to get the pc going i'd like direction, low mb DDR3 or high mb DDR2
September 2, 2007 6:39:38 PM

If I were you I'd go with large amounts of low-latency DDR2 RAM. DDR3 has yet to mature yet so we'll see how that goes. I'd say get at least 1GB.
September 2, 2007 6:53:19 PM

unless he was talking about graphic DDRII and DDRIII. any card you can buy with DDRII will be very old.. and probably wont take advantage of 512mb. if your into HD movies.. check out the 8600gts.
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September 2, 2007 8:09:04 PM

i was thinking of the 8600 GT it's $50 cheaper than the GTS with seemingly same specs
a c 130 U Graphics card
September 2, 2007 8:12:48 PM

Just to say that if you are running XP the Nvidea cards dont accelerate HD in XP onlt in vista sure this is prob only a driver issue but i would play it safe and get a 2600 if it was me :) 
Mactronix
a c 143 U Graphics card
September 2, 2007 8:55:03 PM

That has just been fixed for XP, apparently. Cleeve posted something about it recently. :) 
September 2, 2007 8:56:10 PM

A "Real" 8600GT still has DDR3 not DDR2.

But the 8600GTS w/DDR3 will run much faster than a 8600GT w/DDR3.
The 8600GTS however is not worth the money usually.

The 1950pro is just as fast or faster and generally cheaper.
a c 130 U Graphics card
September 2, 2007 8:57:24 PM

Oh thats good to know it was only last week that he posted about the prob seems the Nvidea boys are on the ball then :) 
Mactronix
September 3, 2007 3:08:20 AM

so i should stick with the 8600GT due to performance per $ instead of looking into a DDR2 style?
September 3, 2007 3:10:27 AM

Also, that 1950 uses Crossfire is there a difference between that and SLI? because that 1950 seems to be a good deal cost as much as the 8600GTS but 512 DDR3
a c 143 U Graphics card
September 3, 2007 3:17:15 AM

Here's a crazy question: we're talking about a laptop here, right? How long would the battery last with an x1950pro? Are you going to play games only when your laptop is plugged in the wall outlet? I know nothing about laptops, but I thought there were special cards for them. 8700Go or something like that...
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2007 3:44:45 AM

I'm wondering the same thing, aevm. If it's a laptop, good luck finding a new GPU for it. I've never seen anyone sell any of the laptop GPU's. They are only made available for OEM's. The same with DVD drives.

September 3, 2007 4:14:14 AM

Very true...I'm a video editor myself...I would never recommend video editing on a laptop (ESPECIALLY hidef) unless you have a very heavy duty laptop...cheaper and better performance for a desktop on video editing.

Keep in mind just cause you have a good video card for your laptop (if you can find one) doesn't mean your performance will increase much. Video editing mostly relies on CPU and ram...of course graphics card effects it as well but no where near the level of a cpu and ram...
September 3, 2007 11:50:24 AM

ddr 3 is faster but not worth the price right now.
September 3, 2007 4:47:53 PM

Aslong as you got a mains with you then you dont need battery, I doubt he's going to do video editing while traveling on a train or something.
September 3, 2007 5:41:48 PM

Recian said:
I'm trying to buy a video card for my new mobo my laptop seems to run my video editing programs decently but not 100% perfect because i'm upgrading to HD blue ray kind of stuff eventually should i work on getting a 256MB DDR3 or a 512 MB DDR2 (my mobo supports SLI also) i plan to use it for now im trying to get the pc going i'd like direction, low mb DDR3 or high mb DDR2


I think this thread is off on the wrong tangent. You need a good video card for HD playback on a desktop system, right? Then I recommend the ATI HD2400 series or 2600 XT. These have far and away the best hardware acceleration for High Definition playback. Furthermore they support Overlay playback. This is where video playing in Media Player or the editing window on the main monitor plays fullscreen on the second monitor, even to an NTSC/PAL monitor. Memory amount isn't all that important, and maximum resolution playback takes only 24% of the GPU's reosurces and virtually NONE of the CPU's.The Nvidia 8800 series won't do this at ALL! It has no Overlay ability for "Zoom mode" in addition to not having such good hardware support for video.

Also prices, the 2400 and 2600 are $55 and $100, the 8800 is $330+. The ATI HD2900 XT at $450 does NOT have full hardware support for High Def. (yet)
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