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8800GT 1GB Memory Question

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February 18, 2008 8:40:24 AM

Will games use all 1GB?
Will i see a performance boost?
Is there any way to monitor how much of the Frame Buffer is being used? (software??)
If I SLI, will SLI performance be improved running AA 8x SLI or AA 16x SLI due to the larger textures?


I am running vista x64 with 4gig of memory and a q6600@2.8Ghz (680i wont let me OC any higher) :lol:  :( 






February 18, 2008 8:44:54 AM

There was actually a review of it from pretty reputable website. They pretty much showed very minimal performance increase from 512mb to 1gb, but the 256mb to 512mb has pretty big impact. If I find the website I'll post it, but I'm sure someone else has the results of that benchmark.
February 18, 2008 10:04:20 AM

Some card makers just don't get it, 1GB is not going to give you more FPS in most of todays hardware. When the 8800GTX 768MB came out no game could use up all that 768MB, and to this day the difference between 768MB-512M is hard to see.
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February 18, 2008 10:07:01 AM

yeah i have been reading a few reviews and this is why i am asking the question. One would think that it would be a big performance boost.

The big thing for me is the SLI performance as i would be running SLI. Now With all this memory on card i would expect there to be a big boost in performance.

http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=715

Has anyone got a 1GB card???
February 18, 2008 10:12:42 AM

"Unless your gaming at 4000x2500, your not going to see any difference".
February 18, 2008 10:17:50 AM

systemlord said:
Some card makers just don't get it, 1GB is not going to give you more FPS in most of todays hardware. When the 8800GTX 768MB came out no game could use up all that 768MB, and to this day the difference between 768MB-512M is hard to see.


Well i have just upgraded and the only thing i now need is a graphics solution. i currently have one FX 8800GTS Fatality, which is a very fast card but only has 320mb of ram.

I play mainly COD4, BF2142 and Everquest 2.

I have noticed that when i up the graphics in EQ2 to max the game gets through 2.3gig of RAM in some areas, and uses about 1.6gig most of the time. If i run EQ2 with performance settings i hardly use 1gig of RAM.

So this is why i ask the question. Would a card with 1GB of memory help or should i just get another FX 8800GTS Fatality to SLI and wait 6 months until ATI have released there new cards and nvidia's 9800's are more mature.

I never buy the 1st release of nvidia cards. :sol: 


February 18, 2008 10:58:16 AM

My understanding is that the 1gb version is more future proof. It will be able to do better at games coming out at the end of this year and in 2009 at higher resolutions than the 8800gt at 512mb (but still probably only 10% or at least thats what I would guess). At this moment and todays market I would wait for the new stuff.
a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2008 1:13:23 PM

http://en.expreview.com/?p=159

That review clearly shows for single card use the 512MB is the way to go. But your SLI concerns are valid. I run dual 8800GT 512MB and I think I am running out of VRAM at 1680x1050 4xaa/16xaf in crysis. 2Xaa is fine, 4xaa get awfly choppy at times despite OK framerates most of the time. I'd love to see it tested, but while one 8800GT doesn't have the raw power to make 1GB a playable advantage, SLI 8800GT IMO does have the raw power to demand more than 512MB of vram at playable settings.
February 18, 2008 7:45:42 PM

radguy said:
My understanding is that the 1gb version is more future proof. It will be able to do better at games coming out at the end of this year and in 2009 at higher resolutions than the 8800gt at 512mb (but still probably only 10% or at least thats what I would guess). At this moment and todays market I would wait for the new stuff.


But before the end of the year that will be a mute point, the 9800GX2, 9800GTX will stomp any 1GB card with a faster GPU. I'd rather have more GPU power than have 512GB more VRAM.
February 18, 2008 8:28:06 PM

systemlord said:
Some card makers just don't get it, 1GB is not going to give you more FPS in most of todays hardware. When the 8800GTX 768MB came out no game could use up all that 768MB, and to this day the difference between 768MB-512M is hard to see.



Dont even try to say they dont know what they are doing lol.

Since there isnt 2 identical cards with 512 and 768 id say its impossible to see because a fair comparison doesn't even exist.


Card makers do indeed understand the purpose of the 1GB cards, its a cheap way to charge people more money lure in more customers and f they are lucky get some extra performance, and it works.
February 19, 2008 1:30:51 AM

Hatman said:
Dont even try to say they dont know what they are doing lol.

Since there isnt 2 identical cards with 512 and 768 id say its impossible to see because a fair comparison doesn't even exist.


Card makers do indeed understand the purpose of the 1GB cards, its a cheap way to charge people more money lure in more customers and f they are lucky get some extra performance, and it works.


Then I guess they'll never lable me as a sucker then.

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Since there isnt 2 identical cards with 512MB and 768 id say its impossible to see because a fair comparison doesn't even exist.


Here is a review of two identical cards with 512 and 1GB both ATI 3870's.

http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=715
a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2008 2:05:18 AM

At 1920x1200 or higher and 4xAA, the 8800GTX can power ahead of the 512mb GTS, so the extra VRAM helps, but only in extreme cases and usually with not very good framerates.
February 19, 2008 2:34:00 AM

randomizer said:
At 1920x1200 or higher and 4xAA, the 8800GTX can power ahead of the 512mb GTS, so the extra VRAM helps, but only in extreme cases and usually with not very good framerates.


Don't forget about the extra ROPs (16 vs 24) that the 8800GTX has over the 8800GTS G92. The extra ROPs help you get bigger gains (actual FPS and not some 3DMark06 score) when overclocking the 8800GTX vs the 8800GTS G92. I got 15 more FPS in Crysis overclocking from a GPU core from 576MHz to 651MHz, shader from 1350MHz to 1525MHz and memory from 1800MHz to 2100MHz. For some reason Crysis doesn't like my shader at 1525MHz, so I had to lower it to 1500MHz or Crysis would crash often.
a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2008 2:42:19 AM

Right you are, I don't remember if the 8800GT 1gb had any real advantage. Will need to fins that review to see if they had this card in it.
February 19, 2008 3:48:07 AM

My question is Why arn't there and GTS 1gbs cards with the GTS cause of shaders and stuff (I forgot the exact name ) it could take more advantage of it why hasnt anyone done it yet?
February 19, 2008 3:56:33 AM

I think the review was at anandtech. The GT will drop to unplayable framerates due to lack of processing power before it needs to utilize more than 512MB of Vram.
Does anyone know why you can't use VRAM as the main system memory?
February 19, 2008 4:14:10 AM

starcraftfanatic said:
The GT will drop to unplayable framerates due to lack of processing power before it needs to utilize more than 512MB of Vram.


This is the point I am trying to convay to others, but... When the 7800GTX came out (I bought one) BFG offered a 6800Ultra with 512MB of Vram in limited numbers, but for Doom3 to run in Ultra Quality mode you needed at least 512MB. The 7800GTX had no problem handling this with only 256MB of Vram because its GPU processing made up for the lack of Vram.
February 19, 2008 4:17:22 AM

random1283 said:
My question is Why arn't there and GTS 1gbs cards with the GTS cause of shaders and stuff (I forgot the exact name ) it could take more advantage of it why hasnt anyone done it yet?


Because next month something better will be released (9800 series) upon us and the 8800GT was released first in November with the G92 GTS in late December.
a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2008 5:27:26 AM

How is Palit a new player? They make Gainward, Xpertvision and at least one other brand.

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