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64mb or 128mb??

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January 13, 2003 11:26:36 AM

Can anyone really tell a difference between the two? Or is the 128mb just a ploy for more money to be spent? Ive been debating on a card to get but not sure if the 128mb version would actually benifit me more. I currently have a GF2 MX 32mb (yuck), and Ive been looking at the 4200s trying to decide which I want. I dont give a rats ass about TV out either. So I guess the ? is anyone have experience with 128mb and 64mb? and could you tell a diff?

Gainward 4200, 64MB 3.5 ns Fast DDR Memory - NoTV-OUT
$113.00
Geforce4 TI 4200 TI4200 128MB AGP 4ns w/TV Out ULTRA/650TV Golden Sample
$153.00
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 TI 4200 ULTRA 650-8X AGP TV/DVI 128MB DDR
$171.00
These are the cards Ive been debating on.
Thanks,
Chris

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by edpsx on 01/13/03 08:41 AM.</EM></FONT></P>

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January 13, 2003 1:10:59 PM

I'd say go with the 8x ti4200 128mb or the 64mb ver. Both have faster clock speeds than the 4x 128mb card. If you can spend the extra cashy, get the 8x 128mb ver. The extra memory will help run uber games in the near future better.

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January 13, 2003 1:18:37 PM

at the moment you won't really notice the difference coz i don't know any games that use over 64mb but it is worth getting a 128mb card for future proofing.MAKE SURE that the card has fast memory though coz often the manufacturers put slower memory on the 128 cards than on the 64 cards.for examplt the gainward 64mb one you mention has 3.5ns memory whereas the next 128mb one you mention has twice the memory but it is slower 4ns memory.

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January 13, 2003 2:32:09 PM

I would go for a Radeon 9500 Pro, it kicks a 4200's butt any day, look at toms VGA charts.

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January 13, 2003 5:43:46 PM

i agree. i recently had a hard drive crash and at the time the 9500pro's came out. i upgraded from an albatron 128mb gf4 4200 to an ati 128mb 9500pro. what a difference. i used to have problems w/diablo 2, the screen shifted about 2" from boot up to the game. i don't have the problem anymore and it runs the rest of my games great. my advise is to get the ati 9500pro. it's $197 at newegg.

good luck w/it.
January 14, 2003 12:11:44 AM

If you're playing games at 1280x1024x32 or above, you'll see a bit of an improvement over the 64meg version. Figure, 15%. Get the 128meg card.

If you're playing at 1024x768x32, then the 64meg card will win out, but only a little bit. It's something like 10%. Not real noticable, but just enough that it might smooth things out for lag purposes.

Now, that's stock. Overclocking is another factor, which is as reliant on the cpu as the memory clock rate. I think the gainward has a decent cooler on the gpu of both versions.



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January 14, 2003 12:32:41 AM

Heres my setup right now:
GA-7VAXP (1700+)
512 mb Corsair PC3200 CL2
Geforce 2 MX 32mb
I run mainly 1024x768, but on Vietcong its LAGGY as hell so I have to run 800x600. I want something that will make it less laggy than what it is now.

Should I upgrade the CPU or Vid card first? Im thinking vid card due to how old it is.
January 14, 2003 2:39:14 AM

First thing I'd do is change that shitty RAM! Has Tom not taught you anything about 3200! It's [-peep-]! That's probably why Vietcong is lagging. Corsair XMS 2700 C2 is the way to go. After that get a decent vid card, and make sure that when you compare prices you check the ram specs on the cards you are comparing. As it was stated earlier, it's better to have 64 megs of fast RAM than 128 of turtle RAM.

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January 14, 2003 4:12:29 AM

Thats gotta be some very very very crappy RAM if your suggesting he get new ram instead of a new video card!!! Save your money and keep the RAM. I'de get the 9500pro, its faster and has better features than the ti4200. And you can find one for the price of the last card on your list.
January 16, 2003 3:36:52 PM

whats wrong with my ram?? it did really well in ALOT of over clock tests plus my mobo is KT400. All the 9500 Pro boards I see dont mention the RAM speed on any of them. Why is that? Im looking into the Atlantis 9500 Pro card now.. as it is $177 shipped.
January 16, 2003 3:49:14 PM

there is nothing wrong with your ram.i think BastardTom is thinking about the minimal performance increase offered by ddr400 over ddr333 on a kt400 mobo.it is that chipset that is the problem not the ram.your ram is very good and would perform much better on an nforce 2 chipset than the xms 2700 he mentions because nforce 2 is able to utilise the extra speed.

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