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Windows 7: Increasing VRAM?

30 Aug 2009   #11
calhounhusker

Windows 7/Vista Ultimate
 
 

You can buy a regular 9800GT 512 for like 100 bucks anymore... No reason to get a old card like the 8600.....

As for the poster who said the 9500GT... Id rather have an 8600GT that a 9500GT. No question.


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30 Aug 2009   #12
damoh

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Ok,
The difference between the 9 series and 8 series is actually less then what you think. 8 series can behave like a 9 if your willing to play with overclocking. Way back when? i got my 8800gtx a year ago. It was mad money. And it still plays everything i throw at it.
New is not allways better. Your just paying for a bit more clock speed and memory thats it. Check out benchmarks. Some 8800GTX. ( EVGA for eg) is still outperforming a lot of new 9 series
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30 Aug 2009   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From my experience, it's the letters after the model number that are the real indicators of performance.

For example, an 9800GS is likely going to be outperformed by an 8800GTX. All things being equal, a 9800GTX should perform better than an equivalent 800GTX. But just because a card is 9000 something...doesn't mean it will always outperform an 8000 something.
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30 Aug 2009   #14
holo88

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

indeed. but a 9500GT is (still) a quarter of the price of an 8800GTX. which was one of the OPs main concerns.
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31 Aug 2009   #15
levelchaser

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

All of this sounds great, and i learned a lot from all of your posts. But tbh i dont play a lot of graphics intense games like crysis DAILY. And on top of that im just mowings lawns haha. I make about $75 a week, school starts tomorrow so ive spent a lot on clothing and other things. I really just want to play crysis on MEDIUM with no lag. Maybe some time in the future i can bye a 9800 with a good power supply but atm i think ima stick to the 8600 1g since i bought a $50 prepaid visa card to spend on ebay.

Another thing is i have to wait a week because paypal took $1 away from that prepaid card when i added it...and what do u know i fall short literally 12 cents from the geforce 8600 gt 1GB....
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31 Aug 2009   #16
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't be surprised if you see little to no improvement in anything with the 1 GB version of that card. More memory on the card will not make it any faster, and about the only thing it will help with is that more textures can be loaded into the cards memory.
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31 Aug 2009   #17
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by levelchaser View Post
...Another thing is i have to wait a week because paypal took $1 away from that prepaid card when i added it...and what do u know i fall short literally 12 cents from the geforce 8600 gt 1GB....
The $1 will come back. PayPal dips the card to validate. Because it is a pre-paid card, contact PayPal email to expedite.
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31 Aug 2009   #18
calhounhusker

Windows 7/Vista Ultimate
 
 

With all honesty, the 8600GT with 1GB probably runs crysis on medium for your friend becuase his full computer specs are higher. You will not see a huge improvement as the rest of your system is a huge bottleneck to a game like crysis. Specifically the processor.
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31 Aug 2009   #19
levelchaser

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have

amd 64 dual processor 6000+ 3GHz
and 4GB ram

is that processor not good enough?
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01 Sep 2009   #20
MrGreen

Windows 7 RC. Build 7100. 32 Bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by levelchaser View Post
I have

amd 64 dual processor 6000+ 3GHz
and 4GB ram

is that processor not good enough?
That is much good enough. My processor is still the default for this 5 year old computer: AMD Phenom 3100+ ~1.80GHz. Mine is horrible! I'm surprised I can play such games on this.
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