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128 mb vs 256 mb 9600XT

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July 5, 2005 3:53:14 AM

Well my ancient Geforce 4200Ti is starting to show its age. The flimsy fan on the card doesn't even work and in order to run web pages I have the card running on 1x agp. I need to buy a new card because the chip is pretty much fryed I'm lucky to have windows boot.

The card that seems to be the best buy is the ATI Radeon 9600XT. My question is there really a difference with the ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB and the ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB. The 256MB version is like 10 bucks more but I dont really understand why 128 more megs of memory is only $10 more. My gut feeling tells me to go with the ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB because the memory is probable faster.

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July 5, 2005 8:09:56 AM

Check the specs on the RAM. 9600 Pros came with slow RAM on the 256MB version, but the XT's are SUPPOSED to have good RAM on BOTH versions. That's not to say someone didn't go against specs however, because that happens quite frequently.

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July 5, 2005 9:40:20 AM

Yeah it is a possibility that the 256mb ram could be a lower grade. But it wouldn't make a diff for now.
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July 6, 2005 7:57:40 PM

Is the 9600XT fast enough to use more than 128MB of ram under any conditions? If the ram is the same speed and the cost is the same, then why not, but can the card truly make use of it? Where is the line drawn between cards that can use 256MB of ram and the cards that are just not up to it?

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July 6, 2005 8:32:50 PM

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Where is the line drawn between cards that can use 256MB of ram and the cards that are just not up to it?

I'm thinking the x800 line for ATI (I have my doubts that the 9800XT can really make use of it), and the 6800 for nVidia

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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2005 9:00:42 PM

Almost all the R9600XTs EXCEPT the BBA ones have the good 2.8ns RAM.

The BBAs are 3.3ns, which was ridiculous IMO.


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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2005 9:35:15 PM

In some situations the 9800 XT can benefit from it's 256MB of RAM. Didn't Doom 3 show us how when pushed, the 256MB R9800XT just destroyed the 128MB R9800 Pro? I'm too lazy to search for old links, but I was a 128MB 9800 pro owner at the time and it got spanked from what I remember.


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July 6, 2005 10:01:16 PM

3.3ns still supports the "official" memory clock speed of 300MHz (DDR600). 2.8ns allows for overclocking...

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