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I want the 8800 gts 320mb, but can I play a game with 512mb requi?

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September 25, 2007 10:30:57 PM

I want to purchase the 320mb geforce 8800 gts, but i want to know will I be able to play a game with a 512mb requirement? THnx
a c 107 U Graphics card
September 25, 2007 11:32:29 PM

I don't know what games you play, or what games you might want to play, and I don't know at what resolution you play at, but, if you're going to be playing any of the top rated games that came out so far this year, and are planning on playing games coming out later this year and early next year, video memory means a lot. Scrap the 320 and get a 640 or a 512 or greater card. ................... unless you're going to play at 800x600 with everything set at low quality.
September 25, 2007 11:40:50 PM

i also want to buy gts 320mb.
Dont you think that for the next half year all games will run ok with max settings at 1280X1024 res?
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September 26, 2007 12:33:16 AM

you won't be able to use AA, or high res-textures, but the 320 will be able to render quite fast until you hit that magic wall, if i were you guys i'd just wait for that g92 midrange card in november, or just get the 640..gl
September 26, 2007 1:23:51 AM

I bought one a 21 inch crt monitor from my friend for $10...lol...it does the job! My screen resolution is normally 1024x 768, and if I feel adventurous I'll change it to 1280x960! However my brother's lcd's resolution is max at 1440x 900 and that resolution is ok for us to play our games.
As for the the games I am hoping to play is Supreme Commander, COD4, Halo if it ever comes out for windows, Crysis and a few other FPS game!

How much is the g92 going to be?
September 26, 2007 2:09:55 AM

swifty_morgan said:
I don't know what games you play, or what games you might want to play, and I don't know at what resolution you play at, but, if you're going to be playing any of the top rated games that came out so far this year, and are planning on playing games coming out later this year and early next year, video memory means a lot. Scrap the 320 and get a 640 or a 512 or greater card. ................... unless you're going to play at 800x600 with everything set at low quality.


Umm... right. 800x600 res with low quality settings? Get a grip man the 8800GTS at any model, is one of the most powerful vid cards out right now and can handle ANY game at 1280x1024 at the highest settings, including Crysis. I have the 8800GTS 320MB and have played the Crysis Beta at 1280x1024 on its highest settings.

Don't bother waiting to buy a video card, or you'll wait forever. There's always something better a few months away. If you're concerned about that, buy eVGA and use the 90 day step-up program. Around December I plan on stepping up to whatever may be out and reasonably priced.

But that being said, the 320MB 8800GTS is a great card and will do fine at any of the resolutions you've mentioned.
September 26, 2007 2:43:16 AM

swifty_morgan said:
I don't know what games you play, or what games you might want to play, and I don't know at what resolution you play at, but, if you're going to be playing any of the top rated games that came out so far this year, and are planning on playing games coming out later this year and early next year, video memory means a lot. Scrap the 320 and get a 640 or a 512 or greater card. ................... unless you're going to play at 800x600 with everything set at low quality.


This person doesn't know what they're talking about. Don't listen to him.

Granted, you haven't provided us with any detail about what you have planned... BUT...

In general (note, I said general... i.e., not specific circumstances) video memory size means practically nothing. At 1280X1024 on most games out today there is no difference between the 8800GTS 640 and 8800GTS 320. In fact, the 320 would probably pick up one frame or two extra because of how smaller memory is addressed.

And even into the future, 320MB is still a decent amount of video memory. People can remain bedazzled by large memory numbers all they want, but the fact is that the 64MB TI4200 destroyed the 512MB FX5200. Memory means very little in the grand scheme of things. At 1280X1024, the 8800GTS 320 is the sweet spot right now. If you want more memory, I'd probably recommend the 2900XT over the 8800GTS 640. Either one though is amazing.

September 26, 2007 4:36:47 AM

To be truthful I have been aiming for the x1950pro, but Someone told me to check out the 8800 gts 320mb, and so far I've heard great things about it. THe x1950pro has been in the market for some times and apart from it sheer size and overheating trouble, it's an excellent card! But as I've said before the only thing that has kept me from purchasing the 320mb is the memory numbers, as Bardia has eloquently put it:

Bardia """People can remain bedazzled by large memory numbers all they want, but the fact is that the 64MB TI4200 destroyed the 512MB FX5200. Memory means very little in the grand scheme of things. """""
September 26, 2007 5:04:48 AM

Memory requirements on game boxes refer to system memory, the minimum GPU and Direct X requirements are also listed.
a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2007 5:27:24 AM

Are there any games that list a minimum of 512MB VRAM at all? I agree with Ghostdragon and it's most likely system RAM.
September 26, 2007 5:41:20 AM

Keeping the theme of "more bang for the buch" which card is a good investment for the present and for the next year? x1950 pro, or 8800gts 320?
a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2007 5:45:21 AM

8800GTS
September 26, 2007 6:05:37 AM

U can obtain better performance with the 8800gts 320mb just overclokcing the card...


I have an 8800gts PNY and it can go up to 651mhz Gpu vs 500 mhz (by default) ... this increment surpass any 640mb version even overcloking that one... why because they have more ram the core cant go more high... than the 320mb version does so ... u can save a lot ...


Mines cost me 273.00 USD delivered (265.00 without d) (www.clubit.com)..now 275.00 without delivered...beware because almost none of the other brand names can go up to this speed .. the only one can really compete with this brand is XFX becaus it has the Shaders Clock overclocked by default ... but cots more without mail in rebate of course ... but the PNY offers a 5 years warranty once its registered (3 normal + 2 registered in their website)


I live in Peru (Southamerica so 1 st please forgive my bad english and second i didnt have to pay 450.00 usd thanks to a friend)

Just for reference im currently running Fear all max out 4x aa 16x af at 1280x960 = 93 fps average ... 36 minimun and 248 maximun ..my processor is a piece of ... u know... sempron 3100+ overclocked at 2050mhz (vs 1.8Ghz default) ... so its enough because the videocard is not overclocked yet...

Good Bye and I hope this could help you


Regards
Omar


PD... Dont criticize my answer reply with ur own statement...

September 26, 2007 4:43:31 PM

Guys...

A game that requires 512MB is talking about system RAM, not the RAM on the video card.

There is no game in existance that requires 512mb of graphics card RAM.
September 26, 2007 5:14:35 PM

duiced3k said:
How much is the g92 going to be?


Before worrying about price... you should worry if it is even coming out. I have not heard recently anything about the new card nor have I heard anything from Nvidia about this card. Not only that, wouldn't we have some information leak by now if it was coming out? All we have are rumors from the Inquirer. I must repeat that I have not heard of anything recently (within the last week).

Plus... if it dose come out, is it going to be the 9800 gtx or is it going to be the 8700?
September 26, 2007 6:08:34 PM

spaztic7 said:
Before worrying about price... you should worry if it is even coming out. I have not heard recently anything about the new card nor have I heard anything from Nvidia about this card. Not only that, wouldn't we have some information leak by now if it was coming out? All we have are rumors from the Inquirer. I must repeat that I have not heard of anything recently (within the last week).

Plus... if it dose come out, is it going to be the 9800 gtx or is it going to be the 8700?


My guess is that Nvidia is going to continue working on the 8xxx series, as I as well have not heard anything of a 9xxx series. But honestly, get the 8800 320mb, I have the EVGA superclocked version, and I couldn't be happier with it, very well priced for what you get, it plays all my games, and will play all up-coming games on full, no lag. And unlike some other vid cards, its wisper quiet.
September 26, 2007 6:13:21 PM

deuce271 said:
Umm... right. 800x600 res with low quality settings? Get a grip man the 8800GTS at any model, is one of the most powerful vid cards out right now and can handle ANY game at 1280x1024 at the highest settings, including Crysis. I have the 8800GTS 320MB and have played the Crysis Beta at 1280x1024 on its highest settings.

Don't bother waiting to buy a video card, or you'll wait forever. There's always something better a few months away. If you're concerned about that, buy eVGA and use the 90 day step-up program. Around December I plan on stepping up to whatever may be out and reasonably priced.

But that being said, the 320MB 8800GTS is a great card and will do fine at any of the resolutions you've mentioned.

not to burst your bubble(s) but YOU ARE NOT PLAYING CRYSIS MP BETA ON HIGH SETTINGS. unless you are part of the developing team you're stuck with medium settings and dx9.dont belive me? take a picture of your soocalled "high" settings and post it, THEN take a picture of medium settings and post it.

the 320mb card is a great card. i have mine running 667/1050 and i run bf2 @1680x on highest setting possible/aa8x af16x and my framerate doesnt drop below 100.
September 26, 2007 6:34:00 PM

If you're worried about some game wanting 512mb to enable some settings, wait a week for the 2900pro.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1189/1/page_1_introduction/index.html

Shows that it performs close to the 2900XT and usually a little above the 8800GTS 320mb in more cases than not, especially at 1920x1200. And it apparently will OC to XT speeds.

OCUK and ebuyer have it at about £30 cheaper than the average 8800GTS, so I'm might get one soon.
September 26, 2007 6:53:44 PM

javimars said:
not to burst your bubble(s) but YOU ARE NOT PLAYING CRYSIS MP BETA ON HIGH SETTINGS. unless you are part of the developing team you're stuck with medium settings and dx9.dont belive me? take a picture of your soocalled "high" settings and post it, THEN take a picture of medium settings and post it.

the 320mb card is a great card. i have mine running 667/1050 and i run bf2 @1680x on highest setting possible/aa8x af16x and my framerate doesnt drop below 100.



Yes I am playing Crysis Beta on High settings. The very high settings are locked, I cannot test it on them. But I can and am playing Crysis Beta on High.
September 26, 2007 7:12:00 PM

You'll see low end cheap cards like the 2400Pro, 7300 etc that will have 512MB on-board memory, but these cards cannot use the Memory efficiently making the high amount of memory on them useless.
The 8800GTS 320MB may look inadequate, but because it can make full use of it's memory it destroys a low end card with 512MB for example. Benchmarks have shown little difference between the 320MB and 640MB GTS at low resolutions in present games. However as games become more complex the 640MB of memory may be beneficial even at lower resolutions.
September 26, 2007 7:17:11 PM

Quote:
Not required, but recommended. There are several games that recommend 512mb of video memory.


Check the original post:

"...but i want to know will I be able to play a game with a 512mb requirement? THnx"
September 26, 2007 7:26:21 PM

I,ve got a couple of systems,one with 7950GT 512MB and a 1950PRO with 256MB and I don,t see a lot of difference in the 2.
September 26, 2007 7:44:49 PM

Just tell us what games you are looking at cause cleeve is right. There are no games that I can think of that would have a recomended vram to be 512mb. Unless you are using ultra settings and loading crazy textures with high resolutions that is the only time the vram amount will come into play.

EDIT: Nevermind on what games.
September 26, 2007 7:48:14 PM

more evidence to the "video card memory means very little" theory
September 26, 2007 8:00:46 PM

I agree w/ many that have posted here saying the 320 would perform very well at 1280x1024 and lower... the OP's mention of 1440x900 also falls in that area as the number of pixels is near identical to the 1280 res. In most games the 320 is more than sufficient for that. There are however some that will not run higher texture res or settings w/o more vram. I am thinking of Ghost Recon:AW off the top of my head. It requires 512 megs to run the higher res textures and such and will disable those settings if less vram is detected. Of course, you need the gpu to push is as vram is not the end-all be-all but that is a given within this discussion I think.

IMO at this stage w/ the newer games coming out I personally would not buy anything of the higher-end gpu's w/o a 512 min vram. This means any 8800 or 2900. That is just me of course, as I do agree that the gts320 is a solid card... I just feel that its viability with that 320 megs is getting shorter by the day... we really do not know how it will perform on new games like UT3 or crysis regardless of what a beta does... so time will tell, but I would hate to upgrade now only to find that the extra 320 megs in the next card up would gain better performance.

just my 2 bits.
a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2007 8:34:25 PM

spaztic7 said:


Plus... if it dose come out, is it going to be the 9800 gtx or is it going to be the 8700?


I've heard rumors of it being called 8700GTS. It's not the top of the line card. 8800GTS/GTX/ULTRA will remain the top card for a few more months at least.
September 26, 2007 8:39:59 PM

I can agree with the last post. I currently have the 320 card, but am looking at stepping up in the next two months when I see what new cards are released or if the price of teh 640 or GTX are dropped. This is why I purchased from eVGA.
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