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Windows 7: Increasing VRAM?

27 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Increasing VRAM?

I currently have the Geforce 8600 GT 256mb <<(i think that's the VRAM not sure tho)

i can't run crysis on medium without lag....

my friend has a GeForce 8600 GT 1GB and can run crysis on High without any lag, and yes i have been to his house and personally played on his computer it is true! Don't tell me I'm lying i checked everything.

Sooo, i can easily buy the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB but is it worth it? will it really make it so i can play crysis atleast on MEDIUM without lag on a low resolution like 1280x800 or even less. It's only $50 so even if i see a slight difference i would still buy it.

Thanks (sorry for my noobyness)

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27 Aug 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by levelchaser View Post
I currently have the Geforce 8600 GT 256mb <<(i think that's the VRAM not sure tho)

i can't run crysis on medium without lag....

my friend has a GeForce 8600 GT 1GB and can run crysis on High without any lag, and yes i have been to his house and personally played on his computer it is true! Don't tell me I'm lying i checked everything.

Sooo, i can easily buy the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB but is it worth it? will it really make it so i can play crysis atleast on MEDIUM without lag on a low resolution like 1280x800 or even less. It's only $50 so even if i see a slight difference i would still buy it.

Thanks (sorry for my noobyness)
Lc

Yes his card would make a substantial difference. other things to consider are your interenet connection vs his, you cpu and ram vs his. If all other things are equal and its on ly $50 difference its well worth it

Ken
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27 Aug 2009   #3

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

why buy a really old card like the 8600?

save up a bit longer for a better card, and play on high detail at full 1400x900.
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27 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

+1 buy a new card. at least in the early 9 series, with at least 512MB
a GeForce 9500GT w/ 1GB will only cost you ~$50-60. it's cheap, yet it will last a little while longer. 8XXX cards are pretty well dead, as far as support. unless it's an 8800GTX-OC-WTFBOOM. which a lot more expensive.
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28 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for all of the quick replies, can anybody tell me the difference in the 8x series ajd the 9x? Or s it just all around compatibility? Thanks, also if anybody is interested in my old card please tell me thanks again. And sorry for any typos i'm doing this all via ipod touch
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28 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by levelchaser View Post
Thanks for all of the quick replies, can anybody tell me the difference in the 8x series ajd the 9x? Or s it just all around compatibility? Thanks, also if anybody is interested in my old card please tell me thanks again. And sorry for any typos i'm doing this all via ipod touch
The difference between them is likely more then compatibilty, I'm not a guru with hardware or anything but I know that the difference is a lot more then that. Think of it this way;

8xxx was made way back when?
9xxx is more recent and has more recent technology implemented into it.

Though when you say interested in the card what do you mean? I have a desktop that could use a card. =P
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28 Aug 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I GB ram on a 8600GT is like putting lipstick on a pig, looks good but doesn't mean anything. That card isn't powerful enough to take advantage of it, and is hampered even more by the 128 bit memory bus.

I am with the others, save up and get a better card. You're also going to have to save up for a new power supply unless you replaced the 300W one that came in your Gateway, as it would likely fall over dead if you tried to put anything more on it.
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28 Aug 2009   #8

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
I GB ram on a 8600GT is like putting lipstick on a pig, looks good but doesn't mean anything. That card isn't powerful enough to take advantage of it, and is hampered even more by the 128 bit memory bus.

I am with the others, save up and get a better card. You're also going to have to save up for a new power supply unless you replaced the 300W one that came in your Gateway, as it would likely fall over dead if you tried to put anything more on it.

Agreed!
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30 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 RC. Build 7100. 32 Bit.
 
 

I've got an nvidia gefore 7800 gs, 256mb. I can run crysis on low/meduim setting lags free.

5 year old computers ftw?
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30 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrGreen View Post
I've got an nvidia gefore 7800 gs, 256mb. I can run crysis on low/meduim setting lags free.

5 year old computers ftw?
indeed! (mines ~7 yrs old)

MAXIMUM oldness *suite noise*
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