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June 19, 2010 6:29:08 PM

Hello there, these two products have been mind-boggling me,

PNY 9800GTX+ 512mb DDR3 which is going for $70 at my local Fry's

PNY GeForce 240 512mb DDR5 for $45 also at Fry's,

Planning to get one of these for gaming (Starcraft 2 & Battlefield Bad Company 2) and video editing such as Adobe's products.

What I've been told that a video card with DDR5 obviously performs much better than a DDR3, but when i saw these two products and their prices, i just got confused. So what's the better choice?

The computer I planned to use the video card for is a HP 6700y ( yes it's not great)

AMD Phenom 9150e quad-core 9150e / 1.8 GHz
4gb Ram, i think its SDRAM
Has 1 slot for PCI
Vista 64x
a 300w ATX power supply unit.


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a c 236 U Graphics card
June 19, 2010 6:36:37 PM

RAM is only part of a video card. Just like a PC with DDR3 RAM does not make it faster then one with DDR2. You simply cant compare video card specs from different series of cards.

The 9800GTX+ has a much better core clock then the GT240 and is a solid step up from it in terms of performance.

Your 300w PSU will not be able to power either card. You would need to upgrade it or look at the ATI 5670 which can run on the 300w PSU and offer GT240 performance.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
June 19, 2010 6:52:00 PM

rolli59 said:
Chances are that the GT240 would run on a 300watt PSU It actually consumes less power than the HD5670 in this stress test,2552...

i thought it was more power hungry then that, but looks like it will run on the 300w unit
June 19, 2010 9:08:14 PM

Mmm I see, thank for all the info guys.