Alright, earlier i was looking for a 4670 1gb ddr2, having been able to invest a bit more into my quest for a graphic card, now im looking ATI HD 5670 1 GB DDR3. (1) So how good is this card?
(2) i have read at a couple of places that a 1gb card would would do almost like a 512mb card, is it true? should i save a bit by going for 512mb?
(3) i have been checking game specs on a few website (i am not sure whether i can name them here, or it would be against forum rules) and found that most of the new as well as upcoming games (nfs: the run, cod mw3) will run on my upgraded system (from medium to high settings). is it true?
i currently have a core2duo 2.80 Ghz with 2 GB RAM, i will increase RAM in a couple of months, and kindly dont comment on upgrading my processor right now i cant spend that much.
(4) Intel DG41RQ will support DDR3 graphics card right?
(5) can you also tell me the power consumption of this? plus if you can provide me a link where i can see power consumption of most of the cards, please do.
(6) also i would like to know how to find out the current power consumption of my pc.
thats too many questions i know, would appreciate if you answer one by one. thanks a lot!
1) you have to check reviews for that to know if the card is right for your or not however i haven't seen 5670 with GDDR3 being reviewed before. but in general 5670 with GDDR5 should give decent performance in most games with low resolution. what is your preferred gaming resolution?
2) yes. 1GB card will perform just the same with 512mb card. extra RAM does not mean extra performance. but those extra RAM are needed if you want to crank up setting that using quite plenty of VRAM (such as high level of AA/AF) or if you play on higher resolution. but of course on higher resolution you're going to need more horse power from the graphic core as well. that's why high end gpu usually equipped with 1GB of memory as a minimum
3) it depends on your resolution as well. at low resolution you might be able to push most setting to high but at higher resolution you can't do that without hurting your performance. not sure about nfs: the run but i honestly believe COD: MW3 will be easy on gpu side. just hope they don't punish your cpu being a dual core like they did with COD:BO
4) yes it will. gpu memory type used by graphic card will not affect what card can or cannot be used with your mobo.
5) you can check the card's power consumption from AMD site. regarding your 2nd question here is the link. btw i don't know how much accurate is this:
Your Motherboard DOES NOT support DDR3 Ram its DDR 2 only
Taken from specs online.
Two 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
Support for DDR2 800 or DDR2 667 MHz DIMMs
Support for up to 8 GBπ of system memory
Power consumption of card is in the review and a PC power usage calculator can be found online. Go to the Corsair website they have a link to one on there and its one of the better ones. Oh i tell you what .. Here http://www.corsair.com/learn_n_explore/?psu=yes