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Old 10-24-2007, 03:39 AM   #1
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everybody talks about how you need extra video ram on your card if you play at high resolutions. WRONG. dont waste your money on extra ram. for example, which performs better the 320mb or 640mb version the the 8800GTS, most people would say the 640mb at high resolutions. 1920x1200 is definitely considered a high resolution am i not right?

Bioshock 1920x1200 max quality, no AA, 8x AF from toms hardware
640mb 37.3 FPS
320mb 37.1 FPS

you payed an extra 100$ for another .2 frames

Lost Planet 1920x1200 max quality 4x AA, 8x AF max quality, medium shadows
640mb 20.5 FPS
320mb 16.4 FPS

a little bit more of a difference here but LP wasnt as optimized as Bioshock, anways its still only 4 FPS.

World in Conflict 1920x1200 4x AA 4x AF very high settings
640mb 6.0 FPS
320mb 3.0 FPS

obviously unplayable on either card but at least you got your moneys worth. your frames doubled with double the amount of ram.


Conclusion:

for people who took the 640mb version over the 320mb version you wasted your money. these results are all at 1920x1200, how many people with the 640mb version even have a monitor that can go that high, none on this forum. most people here are running 1400x900 or 1280x1024 where there is NO difference at all in performance.

overall the video card manufacturers have done a GREAT job in advertising. video ram is now the most over rated spec of any piece of hardware in your pc now IMO. kudo's to ever thought up the idea of putting large amounts of ram on a crap gpu and sell it for ridiculous amounts of money as a high end gaming card. whatever they did worked
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:03 AM   #2
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Thank you for showing me the light.
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:13 AM   #3
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everybody talks about how you need extra video ram on your card if you play at high resolutions. WRONG. dont waste your money on extra ram. for example, which performs better the 320mb or 640mb version the the 8800GTS, most people would say the 640mb at high resolutions. 1920x1200 is definitely considered a high resolution am i not right?

Bioshock 1920x1200 max quality, no AA, 8x AF from toms hardware
640mb 37.3 FPS
320mb 37.1 FPS

you payed an extra 100$ for another .2 frames

Lost Planet 1920x1200 max quality 4x AA, 8x AF max quality, medium shadows
640mb 20.5 FPS
320mb 16.4 FPS

a little bit more of a difference here but LP wasnt as optimized as Bioshock, anways its still only 4 FPS.

World in Conflict 1920x1200 4x AA 4x AF very high settings
640mb 6.0 FPS
320mb 3.0 FPS

obviously unplayable on either card but at least you got your moneys worth. your frames doubled with double the amount of ram.


Conclusion:

for people who took the 640mb version over the 320mb version you wasted your money. these results are all at 1920x1200, how many people with the 640mb version even have a monitor that can go that high, none on this forum. most people here are running 1400x900 or 1280x1024 where there is NO difference at all in performance.

overall the video card manufacturers have done a GREAT job in advertising. video ram is now the most over rated spec of any piece of hardware in your pc now IMO. kudo's to ever thought up the idea of putting large amounts of ram on a crap gpu and sell it for ridiculous amounts of money as a high end gaming card. whatever they did worked
None of those games consume more than 320 megs then it seems.

But soon, 320 won't seem like all that much.

Everybody said the exact same thing about 128 and 256.. then games like Fear, Doom3, and Half-Life 2 came out.
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Well thats interesting rudster. I'd say there's quite a few people on here that play 1680X1050 as well though.

The only game I have not been able to play with max settings at 1680X1050 on my 320gts is in fact World in conflict lol. That game is just a freaking resource hog. I'm lucky to average 30fps with high settings and DX10 and thats dropping down to 1280X768.
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thats why i have a 880gtx as i have a 24" monitor
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None of those games consume more than 320 megs then it seems.

But soon, 320 won't seem like all that much.

Everybody said the exact same thing about 128 and 256.. then games like Fear, Doom3, and Half-Life 2 came out.
the actual gpu will slow down the FPS before ram becomes an issue
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the actual gpu will slow down the FPS before ram becomes an issue
Yeah, these newer games have so many crazy effects going on. Crysis and whatnot will run like crap regardless on either 640 or 320.
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Haha... well what a waste of money...
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thats with dx9 games
get a game thats 100% dx10 like crysis and come back 2 me
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those are all dx10 games dude, i got that info in a DX10 shootout from toms hardware. did you even read the game titles? surely you know at least bioshock is dx10, anyways all those tests were performed in DX10
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