Graphics Card: Memory Amount vs. Speed

Given that the processor speed is the SAME for two cards
And given that goal is for still photography work using photoshop, what is more useful on a video card:

(Processor speed being the same) :

On-board memory's:
a) clock speed or
b) amount of memory?

Between these two affordable cards:
A. GeForce 9500 GT 512MB [...] 6814130378 -or-
B. GeForce 9500 GT 1GB [...] 6814130395

Remember, its for 2D photoshop work - but I run a LOT of files in a years meat n potatoes lol
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  1. Neither would be a problem for 2D work but...
    This is obviously a business situation from your post, so I would suggest you check out the forums on Photoshop or even call the software vendors themselves for professional help.
  2. which card would you buy and why?
  3. Without seeking professional help, I`d go for the bigger memory.
    But again, I`d strongly advise you to seek help elsewhere if this is a business system.
  4. Are u guys kidding ? The 9500gt will run out of steam way before it hits the memory wall . I simply can't imagine a 9500gt doing 2560×1600 with AA x2 . No point investing in a card with more memory if its not going to use it. I vote faster memory and clock it higher for more performance.
  5. Clocks first; even a low mem card with high clocks can compete, but theres no purpose for extra RAM if the card isn't powerful enough to use it all.

    The extra RAM is for storing textures, which only comes into play at higher resolutions. Thats why a 1GB 4870 isn't that much better than a 512MB 4870 until you hit 1920x1200 and above.
  6. Recommend an Nvidia-based card for me. I can spend about $130 max, and I love a good Newegg special lol. I seem to remember that my monitor calibration software was happier w/Nvidia chipset, but perhaps that has changed...

    I do see the Sapphire for $94 with code from Newegg email special:

    How is that one? Its "SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported"
  7. If you HAVE to have nvidia, for that price, look at the 9800gt. Performance about the same of the 4830, price should be in the same ballpark too. If you want to spend less, consider the 9600gt, I have one of those, and it's not bad either. Not as good as the 9800gt, but still does pretty well.
  8. Someone is doing some shopping!

    Check this out:
    Be warned its a long card at 9" and a power hog, but its such a deal such a steal that I might just take it myself!
  9. If I try Radeon, and see if Monaco Optix will calibrate the monitor that I make a living on, I might try this Sapphire-Radeon.

    How do these specs look? Does it have a separate power connector? Thats okay - I have good PSU with power for a card.

    Im narrowing down my choices, and this one stands out. Please read the specs and give it a thumbs up or down.

    THANKS! Buying my E8500 and video card tonight so its decision time!

    Brand SAPPHIRE
    Model 100265L
    Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16
    Chipset Manufacturer ATI
    GPU Radeon HD 4830
    Core clock 575MHz
    Stream Processors 640 Stream Processing Units
    Memory Clock 1800MHz
    Memory Size 512MB
    Memory Interface 256-bit
    Memory Type GDDR3
    3D API
    DirectX DirectX 10.1
    OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
    HDMI 1 via Adapter
    DVI 2
    TV-Out HDTV / S-Video Out
    RAMDAC 400 MHz
    Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
  10. Quote:
    Someone is doing some shopping!

    tell me about it! lol Im definitely going to stimulate Newegg's economy lolo
  11. Between a 9800gt and a 4830, get the cheapest one, as they should be very comparable performance wise.
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