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Question about my graphic card's RAM.

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April 10, 2008 4:36:22 PM

I have GeForce 8800GTS with 320MB RAM.
My problem is that new games(for example, Crysis) are starting to need 500MB+ RAM in the graphic card to work properly.
I was wondering if there is any way to let the graphic card use the computer's normal RAM(I have 4GB), or is the graphic card already doing it?

Thanks ahead :D 
a c 84 U Graphics card
April 10, 2008 4:59:15 PM

can't be done.
April 10, 2008 5:32:24 PM

You could always downgrade to integrated graphics. They share memory with the RAM :) 
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a c 1382 U Graphics card
April 11, 2008 1:35:55 AM

320 MB is plenty if you are gaming at 1280x1024 or lower.
a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2008 1:52:52 AM

Nope, that only works for integrated graphics. Anyway, even if it was possible it would be too slow to feed an 8800. I'm afraid the only choice is an upgrade. Also, cards can use a lot of RAM even at 1280x1024. I know some of the visual mods for Oblivion I downloaded recommended at least 500MB of video ram.
April 11, 2008 2:43:53 AM

EXT64 said:
Nope, that only works for integrated graphics. Anyway, even if it was possible it would be too slow to feed an 8800. I'm afraid the only choice is an upgrade. Also, cards can use a lot of RAM even at 1280x1024. I know some of the visual mods for Oblivion I downloaded recommended at least 500MB of video ram.


Actually, 1280 by 1024 does use that much in graphics memory. The size of the textures, though, do matter. As for the oblivion mod (QTP3) it changed the default texture size of 512by512 to 4096by4096, of course, that's going to use ALOT of graphic memory. Default for oblivion is really around 128mb to 256mb.
April 11, 2008 2:48:16 AM

I hope you guys don't get paid for your computer knowledge... not at boonality, that made me smile.

Vista does it with or without your permission.

Here's my 8800 GTX properties in Vista
Total Available Graphics Memory: 2814MB
Dedicated Video Memory: 768MB
System Video Memory: 0MB
Shared System Memory: 2046

You still have a nice card and unless want to burn some cash it would be best to wait for the next round. With any luck the next step might just be a leap.
a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2008 2:55:55 AM

Alright, you're right. My main point was that it won't turn a 8800 320 into a 8800 640 or 768. That stuff on the system ram seems to mainly be preloading. It helps, but it's no replacement for dedicated video ram.
April 11, 2008 2:59:21 AM

the 320 8800 gts was a bomb maybe you can ebay it and get something better even a 9600 gt will work
April 11, 2008 3:02:06 AM

Don't feel bad it's not your card it's the game. I have the 640mb version and I only get about 20fps @1680x1050 everything on high. If you have a SLI board the 320mb are dirt cheap. I have seen them for 114.00 after rebate on Newegg. Although adding another 320 still only gives you 320mb of total memory, the additional processor might help compensate.
I agree that you have a nice card right now and to upgrade would not be worth the money. The SLI would be a nice boost for cheap. Wait and see what the next ATI and Nvidia. There will be new releases from both companies during Q2. ATI claims their new 770 chip is 50% faster than their 670 chip. Who knows by the end of the year we might be able to play Crysis at a decent frame rate.
April 11, 2008 11:04:09 AM

By that time the succesor of crysis will be out, far cry 2 if I'm not mistaking, and we might have the same problem all over again ;-)
I hope the new G200 will be the generation chip with a good performance jump, wait for that one or the ATI version. I think they will wait till the end of the year to release these since there is less gaming in the summer (northeren hemisphere).
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