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March 17, 2008 9:06:53 PM

Probably a stupid question but....
i would like to know why does a graphics card have its own RAM?

and

with my specs...would i be better off getting this card (ATi Radeon X1650 PRO 512MB PCI-Express) for general comp use.(only for MMORPGs-with budget of ~£20-35)
specs
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Service Pack 2
4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Motherboard: asus p5k-vm
CPU Type:e2180, 2000 MHz (8 x 250)
2gig of RAM
Video Adapter :Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family (384 MB)
380W antec earthwatts

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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2008 9:33:35 PM

Yeah, just get a low end 8400GS and OCit. Much better than integrated. The 8400GS is about $40-45=~£30
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March 18, 2008 7:15:02 AM

oh thanks for the info

is the 8400GS = nVidia GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI-E?

"This item isnt good value for money, especially over the 256MB Version which is £12 cheaper and faster. I have tested both this card, and the 256MB version by XFX on 3DMark06 and the score difference was surprising, with the 512MB card scoring lower than the 256MB card! This is because the DDR2 Ram is slower (667mhz) on the 512MB model, whereas the 256MB model uses 800mhz DDR2 memory, which is 20% more efficient!... Save your money and opt for the 256MB version."

what do you think?
a b U Graphics card
March 18, 2008 7:43:39 AM

Sounds good for the $, get the faster RAM GPU, the 8400gs.
March 18, 2008 10:23:23 PM

is there a difference between Inno3D Nvidia GeForce 8400GS 256 and nVidia GeForce 8400GS 256MB PCI-E?
a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2008 1:00:07 AM

Do you have links for them? Generally it's just a manufacturer difference. The reference chip (8400gs) is standard, but the way a manufacturer equips the card is usually different. Some of them use the minimum RAM and some use faster RAM. It all depends on what company and what they are trying to offer the consumer.
a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2008 9:13:03 AM

The benefit of buying a new GPU is that you'll get the full warranty from it. If you buy used, most manufacturers don't cover the 2nd owner, so you might keep that in mind when buying.
March 19, 2008 3:44:30 PM

Right...i should prob get a brand new one then.

I was readng about SLI on this froums stickey and it says that "Currently, GeForce Boost is only supported by GeForce 8400 GS"

Is this on all the cards or is there a specific card that would say has GeForce Boost?

Is there a brand for 8400GS 256MB you recommend, i am currently looking at a XFX one because it is within my budget inc delivery.

Manufacturer XFX
Chipset 8400 GS
GPU Clock Rate 450MHz
Shader Clock 1200MHz
Memory Clock 800MHz
Memory 256MB DDR2 SUPPORTING 512MB
Interface PCIe x16
TV/Out VGA, DVI, HDTV
DVI Yes
VIVO Support No
Included Software -
Extras HDTV Output
DirectX Support 9 / 10
Packaging Retail
Warranty 1 Year
£31.95

Can i also have your opinion of this item-Samsung SH-S203 20X DVDRW - SATA - Black
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