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