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64MB more on Ti200 worth the money and the hassle?

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January 19, 2002 1:06:32 PM

I'm going to build my first computer with the intentions of playing flight sims and ordered all components from newegg.com. Will receive them soon.

AMD Athelon XP 1900+
Soyo K7V Dragon+
Gainward/Cardexpert GForce3 Ti200 64MB vid card
Crucial 512MB PC2100 DDR RAM
etc.

I was looking at neweggs site this morning and they now offer the exact same vid card with 128MB for $40 more. My question is this. Would the hassle of returning the 64MB card for the 128MB card, and paying the $40 (plus 15% restocking fee) make the flight sim perform considerably better? Thank you for all replies.

Jack
January 19, 2002 2:27:33 PM

No, but for $40 more, you can get a Radeon 8500 retail or GeForce3 Ti500, which WILL significantly improve your performance in flight simulators.

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January 19, 2002 5:38:49 PM

Yes it will help, but since you already bought a 64MB version you should just overclock it for better performance(overclock to at least Geforce 3 speeds and at most Geforce3 TI500 speeds)

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January 19, 2002 6:27:05 PM

An extra 64MB of RAM will make almost no difference to the cards performance.

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January 20, 2002 12:55:08 AM

I have been told that this card will use its additional memory similar to the way the alleged 64mb voodoo 5 used half of its memory. Comments?
January 20, 2002 11:06:54 AM

Thanks all. From the info I gathered, I believe I'll just
keep the card when it arrives, oc it, and call er good.

Jack
January 20, 2002 1:28:47 PM

I personally would get the 128 meg version and overclock THAT ONE!

Then you would have a 128meg gf3 ti 500 W00T!

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January 20, 2002 1:57:54 PM

Matisaro, 128MB makes no difference in today's games as textures are rarely (if ever) over 64MB in the average game with Texture Compression enabled.

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January 20, 2002 2:00:53 PM

A: it is still cheaper than both the radeon and the gf3ti500
B: it cant hurt
C: there will be some performance gain I assure you.
D: it will be much more future proof


4 good reasons to get the extra ram.

Any reasons against?

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January 20, 2002 2:10:28 PM

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A: it is still cheaper than both the radeon and the gf3ti500

No, you can probably find the retail Radeon 8500 for the same price if you look hard enough.

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B: it cant hurt

True

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C: there will be some performance gain I assure you.

Sure, you're looking at a 1-2% gain.

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D: it will be much more future proof

By the time games need all the 128MB, the GF3Ti200 won't be able ot handle them even at Ti500 speeds. I doubt games will use 128MB textures in at least 2 or 3 years.

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