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512mb 8800gt vs 256mb

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July 2, 2008 7:59:20 AM

Hi, I was just curious if there was a big difference between an 8800gt that was 512mb or 256mb, both being 256bit. Thanks.

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July 2, 2008 8:10:46 AM

512MB VRAM is the minimum these days. Do not get a modern GPU for gaming that has less than 512MB of VRAM. 256MB restricts performance too much. It's like having too little RAM and having your HHD thrash and watch performance drop. Except with low VRAM, it has to swap data when it's full which drops performance like no other.
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2008 8:28:21 AM

For ATI cards, 256MB is enough for resolutions up to 1280x1024 and even 1600x1200 on non-demending games. For Nvidia cards, 256MB will cause it to choke and die above 1280x1024. A 256MB HD3850 will kill a 256MB 8800GT, you MUST get the 512MB 8800GT or look for something else. Putting 256MB on an 8800GT is blasphemy.
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July 2, 2008 8:29:40 AM

Since nobody else has said it yet, I will: shoot for AMD's 4850 if you have the extra ~$40.
a c 169 U Graphics card
July 2, 2008 9:32:37 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums mate :) 

Here is the answer you are looking for :
8800GT 256 vs 512 vs 1024:
http://techreport.com/articles.x/14230

However, consider the ATI HD 4850 too,it has a good price and performs better than a 8800GT
July 2, 2008 11:20:11 AM

Just say no to the 256MB 8800GT.

Even if you get an ATI card I'd make sure it has 512MB. 256MB is not going to be sufficient going forward.
July 2, 2008 12:13:12 PM

Beat up some old laddies for some quick cash and get the 4850. (JK)
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2008 1:25:09 PM

Maziar said:
Hello and welcome to the forums mate :) 

Here is the answer you are looking for :
8800GT 256 vs 512 vs 1024:
http://techreport.com/articles.x/14230

However, consider the ATI HD 4850 too,it has a good price and performs better than a 8800GT

It's a very interesting article. Not only does it show how badly 256 meg bottlenecks the GT, (even at 1280 x 1024 in a few of the most popular game titles) it shows clearly how useless the over-priced 1 gig cards are as well.
July 2, 2008 1:52:11 PM

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I have the 256mb version of the 8800GT. I love the card.
I only run at 1280x1024 so its not a big deal.
From the benchies I've seen the 256mb runs neck and neck with the 512mb card up to 1280x1024, anything above that and the 512mb card starts shining.

What games do you play? Anti-aliasing?
July 2, 2008 9:57:19 PM

The 256MB 8800GT should have never been put on the market imo. Not only does it have only half the RAM, but it's also clocked less.

If you can't afford the 8800GT, grab the 9600GT.
a c 169 U Graphics card
July 3, 2008 6:47:04 AM

Yes should have never put the 256MB model in the market
a b U Graphics card
July 3, 2008 12:58:28 PM

Kind of like buying a Corevette with a six cylinder ain't it?
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