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October 15, 2007 8:14:02 PM

hi everyone.
does ram in the graphics card matters a lot??
im planning to get 256mb but i found out that there is 512mb with 20$ more
October 15, 2007 8:26:28 PM

Worth it

What card?
October 15, 2007 8:29:29 PM

any graphics card
and yea im asking more ram worth it?
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October 15, 2007 8:36:48 PM

Depends on the gpu, memory is used for high resolutions, but if the gpu stutters at higher res it doesnt matter.
October 15, 2007 8:52:12 PM

Yes I was going to say the same thing

At least (For nvidia, I dont know about ATi)
6800, ram matters
7600, ram matters
8600, ram matters
anything below that, it dosent, since if it actaully uses it it wouldnt make any difference, the GPU wouldnt be able to keep up
October 15, 2007 9:04:41 PM

It is the type and speed of RAM that counts. I'll take a card with 256MB of faster GDDR3 RAM than a card with 512MB of slower GDDR2 any day.
October 15, 2007 10:14:39 PM

Anoobis said:
It is the type and speed of RAM that counts. I'll take a card with 256MB of faster GDDR3 RAM than a card with 512MB of slower GDDR2 any day.

This is so true. Look at the new 8600GT's comming out with 512mb and GDDR2. This goes for any new card that was previously 256mb and now they're putting out 512's with GDDR2.
a c 130 U Graphics card
October 15, 2007 10:15:50 PM

I would say roughly speaking that if its only a nominal cost then go for it.It does help when we know what card we are talking about but as a rough guide i would say that a Nvidea 7600 wouldnt really be able to use more than 256 and for ATI i would say 1650 pro.Above those two cards i would think the cards are powerfull enough to use more but below it would be a waste of time.
Only my opinion though
Mactronix
October 15, 2007 10:56:23 PM

my choices are geforce 8600gt and Radeon hs 2600 pro(maybe xt depends on the cost) the cards im talking about are;;

geforce 8600gt- xfx
256mb ddr3 128bit
540mhz clock

radeon hd 2600pro- his
256mb ddr2 128bit
650mhz clock(turbo)

just let u know
im not planning to change graphics card again. hopefully, i can play low - mid ranged games for few years with that card.. im buying directx 10 cards which is those two and not going to change my mind.
October 16, 2007 2:16:17 AM

does newegg really gives rebate back?? before i never bought things with rebates cus i couldnt believed it
October 16, 2007 2:47:10 AM

With the right GPU more ram is a good thing for games like Crysis which eats memory for lunch. I'd go with a card with at least 512MB.
October 16, 2007 3:00:09 AM

jhyukkang said:
does newegg really gives rebate back?? before i never bought things with rebates cus i couldnt believed it


You send the rebate to the company who makes the card, not the retailer.
October 16, 2007 4:44:51 PM

systemlord said:
With the right GPU more ram is a good thing for games like Crysis which eats memory for lunch. I'd go with a card with at least 512MB.

True, but considering the options the OP is looking at it, it is a bit of a moot point. I agree with the arguments you make about textures in other posts, but it really doesn't matter with the cards in question.

@jhyukkang IIRC the HD2600XT is a better match up to the 8600GT and I believe you can find both for around the same price. Like I noted though beware of cards using 512MB of GDDR2 RAM. A card of same type but with 256MB of GDDR3 will destroy it. Manufacturers love to trick people into thinking they're getting a better card by putting 512MB of slow RAM and then charging a slightly higher cost than the 256MB card with faster RAM. They make quite a bit of money with these "Best Buy" specials.

Like mactronix said earlier, if you come across a card that does have 512MB of faster GDDR3 RAM and the cost isn't much more then go for it.
October 16, 2007 7:45:44 PM

kpo6969 said:
If you can wait for the rebate this is a pretty good deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

"Like mactronix said earlier, if you come across a card that does have 512MB of faster GDDR3 RAM and the cost isn't much more then go for it."
Like the one above?
I thought it would be a good option considering it's o'd, 512mb, GDDR3, drivers are better than they were, and was comparing to the 2600Pro.
October 16, 2007 9:10:43 PM

Go for the DDR3 Version.

also

Quote:
This new forum format sucks. Bring back the old one.


^ yes.
a c 130 U Graphics card
October 16, 2007 9:23:32 PM

Definatly the second one with Gddr3
Mactronix
October 16, 2007 9:32:53 PM

It depends on what settings you use and what game you use, if you're at low settings 512mb wont do you any good, if you got512mb at high settings but got a slow GPU then it still isnt going to be any good.
October 16, 2007 10:27:07 PM

i have 22" wide LCD for that computer. resolution is 1680 1050 at 60hz
i can spend 200$ for the card and psu
if i buy that ddr3 2600xt, then there is only 55$ left.. can you guys recommend good STABLE psu (more than 400W) good brand
October 16, 2007 10:58:48 PM

nukchebi0 said:
You send the rebate to the company who makes the card, not the retailer.


In some cases it's not even the manufacturer!

Also, I'd avoid the 8600GT w/ 512MB if GDDR3. It doesn't have nearly enough bit rate to utilize that amount of VRAM. It performs poorly with 256MB, adding more, I'd say would only increase performance minimally, if even at all.
October 16, 2007 11:00:25 PM

yep i agree with that dude
October 16, 2007 11:43:20 PM

jhyukkang said:
i have 22" wide LCD for that computer. resolution is 1680 1050 at 60hz
i can spend 200$ for the card and psu
if i buy that ddr3 2600xt, then there is only 55$ left.. can you guys recommend good STABLE psu (more than 400W) good brand
I really hope you can stretch your budget, a good PSU is hard to come by for that amount.

This might do it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Even better, but more out of your budget: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
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