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August 25, 2010 5:19:16 AM

Does any one have a guide that explains all of the specs you see on a graphics card?

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a c 194 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 5:24:59 AM

GPUs are like CPUs, its damn near impossible to compare them and judge relative performance based on specs alone, if you are comparing them ignore the detailed specs and just find benchmarks for games like what you want to play and see how the various cards performed.

There is no guide as to what each one means, but wikipedia can tell you what most of them are so its a good place to start.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 10:51:24 AM

If you want to compare them, search for benchmarking for those cards...
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August 25, 2010 12:45:52 PM

You could go to an e-store and compare older same brand graphics cards to see the most important changing specifications.
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August 25, 2010 3:25:30 PM

I already know I can compare them. Was looking for information on what each spec means. ;p
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August 25, 2010 3:27:27 PM

Theres no rocket science involved in specs. Wat kind of specs are you talking about?

rams? shaders? clock speed?
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August 25, 2010 4:40:06 PM

You seem annoyed by the thread Fetal, please stop posting in it.
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 4:43:47 PM

You have to learn this first!
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 4:44:53 PM

Hey what Fetal wrote is right man....
the information you need about the specification ..individually you can google them .
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 4:48:32 PM

MrMooky said:
I already know I can compare them. Was looking for information on what each spec means. ;p


What are those each specs you want to know?
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August 25, 2010 8:59:16 PM

MrMooky said:
You seem annoyed by the thread Fetal, please stop posting in it.



nah, i am not annoyed, may be you are. I just asked you what you want. :wahoo: 
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August 25, 2010 10:26:00 PM

What I "want" was to know if any one had a guide or information on the different Graphics card threads that break down what the are and how they would apply to picking a good GPU. However, the consensus seems to be to ignore the specs and go off benchmarks to find the right card.

Was just trying to learn more about the specs of graphics cards. That way I would know what, lets say for example, the shader clock does exactly.
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a c 194 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 10:32:01 PM

Problem is what the different parts do changes between generations and archtectures. nVidia and ATI have two different takes on what a stream processor is, you will notice that comparable cards have massively different number of cores, a 5870 has 1600 and a GTX 480 has 480. ATI cards only have a core clock and a memory clock while nVidia cards have a shader clock too so its very difficult to define what all of their specs mean in a generalized manner, you would have to do it for each card/family individually.
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August 25, 2010 11:01:14 PM

Thanks Hunter. Helpful as always. :) 
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