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Windows 7: ATi or Nvidia - need help deciding

04 Feb 2009   #31
Beamish417

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skunksmash View Post
im a little confused as to your first run, was it @ 1280x1024..??
1024x768 I guess when you install Crysis that's what it defaults to. Never noticed that since I dont play it, just use it for the time demo benchmark.

Tried 3DMark but didn't like it. Seemed like one gigantic advertisement. Also read that Nvidia and/or Ati did something to their drivers to detect and optimize when 3Dmark was running. Just not my cup of tea. I just want a real world benchmark I can use for my own comparison.


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13 Jul 2009   #32
mushroomboy

Windows 7, Linux
 
 

I know this is an old post, but you mentioned having more DDR2 is better than DDR3, which in some cases is not true. If your going to figure out how the ram affects the video card you have to keep in mind memory interface... 512MB ram 128bit vs 256MB 384bit doesn't even compare with the exception of large texture files. Though really today you would be comparing 512MB and 1G, but if the 1G has the 96/128 bit and the 512 has the 256/384 bit the 512 wins, due to most games don't even need 512MB ram. This plays a HUGE factor in the overall performance of the GFX card. Though most likely you will becomparing the same size, just 96/128/384 bit or higher (now seeing 512+).

Really you want a high vertex clock (not the main clock) and ram with a higher mem interface. Overall you'll get better performance if you keep that in mind when your buying a low end card. That's why all the high end expensive cards have higher bit, more performance, these days it's not all about "large ram fast processing speed" but the extentions we add to it. I hope that all makes sense.

[Edit] Go for Nvidia always! ATI has crappy driver support for linux, it angers me.
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26 Oct 2009   #33
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post
I know this is an old post, but you mentioned having more DDR2 is better than DDR3, which in some cases is not true. If your going to figure out how the ram affects the video card you have to keep in mind memory interface... 512MB ram 128bit vs 256MB 384bit doesn't even compare with the exception of large texture files. Though really today you would be comparing 512MB and 1G, but if the 1G has the 96/128 bit and the 512 has the 256/384 bit the 512 wins, due to most games don't even need 512MB ram. This plays a HUGE factor in the overall performance of the GFX card. Though most likely you will becomparing the same size, just 96/128/384 bit or higher (now seeing 512+).

Really you want a high vertex clock (not the main clock) and ram with a higher mem interface. Overall you'll get better performance if you keep that in mind when your buying a low end card. That's why all the high end expensive cards have higher bit, more performance, these days it's not all about "large ram fast processing speed" but the extentions we add to it. I hope that all makes sense.

[Edit] Go for Nvidia always! ATI has crappy driver support for linux, it angers me.
cheers mate that has really helped me out with buying a new Graphics card thanks for that
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