I am trying to decide on a graphics card, I'v been reading all this messages on this board and other places, can't seem to be able to make a decision.
my computer spec is pretty high it's a brand new system (the spec is in the signature).
I have a 22" LCD monitor Samsung 226BW witch runs at 1680x1050 - I understand that for this kind of resolution you need more memory than 256mb. So I ruled out the 1950XT witch comes with 256mb (I am not sure that i am right about this) now i am looking at the PRO's 512mb vs the GTS with its 320mb. 320mb enough for me ? the 8800 worth the extra money ?
what should i do ?
I agree the 8800 is worth the money. I have one and I'm quite sure I won't have to worry for quite some time. Hey, I may even be able to play Crysis. At a high resolution, the 8800 is going to be a good choice. Personally I'm not really an ATI fan anymore.
I think that the x1950 Pro 512 is the way to go right now!
Best mid-tier cards on the market. For the price/performance - this card will last you for the next little while until better equipped DX10 cards make their way onto center stage (oh course at that time DX10.1 or DX11? will likely be the new standard).
we can go on and on with speculations on the amount of memory needed but from the reviews i read the only game that makes the 8800 320mb suffer is graw, and this is from 12*16 and up resolutions. damm even the x1950xt rarely suffers until past 19*12 most of the time. only aa seems to kill the cards(which is not that an important feature) i think one can have a pretty god gaming experience with less than 512mb for years to come IMO. dont know something tells me that when you ll finally need the whole 512 or 640 mb then it s the card itself that wont be powerful enough.
My X1950XT is plenty fast for any current game.
Early next year will bring a next-gen DX10 cards. By then Vista, Drivers, 64bit, Multi-core, etc will be a little more mature. So I will just get some cheap card now and get a high-end card in spring/summer 2008.
If you need a good card NOW, the 8800 GTS will last longer.