I would like to buy a budget graphics card, and I have decided to go for the 8600. There are two versions available to me: One version with 256 MB GDDR3, and another with 512 MB GDDR2. Both versions are of the same price. Which card will give me better gaming performance? I know none of them will give me peak performance, but still, which one is better? Are there games that utilize more than 256 MB (Except for the really big ones like Crysis)?
Larger memory comes in handy with bigger resolutions (takes more memory to load a frame at 1600x1200 than 1024x768).
Unfotunately I have no idea or interest in current PC tech, so I don't know what the 8600 is capable of.
Also of interest is the DDR rating. One at DDR2 and one at DDR3. So, if I assume that the 8600 isn't the most stellar of cards and that you won't in any case be playing at huge res with added effects then I'd say go for DDR3 256mb. DDR3 will be a bit faster than DDR2 so the questions is: at what resolution do you play games at?
Definitely go for 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 because GDDR3 is better thant GDDR2, however yes many games benefit from 512MB RAM like GRAW,GRAW2,OBLIVION,CRYSIS........
If u want to game then don't get a 8600GT,get a better card like a
9600GSO/ATI HD 4850
#1 - Don't get a card with DDR2 memory regardless of the amount.
#2 - Their is no need for more than 256MB on the 8600GT. It's not powerful enough to handle the resolutions that would require more ram.
#3 - The 8800GS is an excellent option for a little more money than the 8600GT is you can swing it.