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XyZspineZyX
08-28-2003, 09:10 AM
Can someone that are playing FB with 256mb graphic cards tell me if that is a complete different world from 128mb?

Smooter?
Perfect settings?
Resolutions?
Better player-experience?

My point is this: Is it worth paying 500 USD (4000 norwegian kr.) to have this high-end card on the computer?

XyZspineZyX
08-28-2003, 09:10 AM
Can someone that are playing FB with 256mb graphic cards tell me if that is a complete different world from 128mb?

Smooter?
Perfect settings?
Resolutions?
Better player-experience?

My point is this: Is it worth paying 500 USD (4000 norwegian kr.) to have this high-end card on the computer?

XyZspineZyX
08-28-2003, 09:37 AM
There is very little or no difference in performance between the two.

You can do a google search for reviews on this subject and read some reviews.

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XyZspineZyX
08-28-2003, 09:41 AM
in some review ive seen they are basically the same in most benchmarks. but you may be able to tell the differce once you start playing in higher resolutions. ive never tried a 128mb card so i really couldnt tell you. i jumped from a 64MB Nvidia GeForce Go 440 on my laptop to a GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256Mb. i can tell u that i noticed the differce between those two cards.

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XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 07:02 AM
you will see a real world difference in the highest resolution possible ONLY
they perform the same otherwise & the 256 is not worth the extra cash at the moment

XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 07:17 AM
You'll really only be getting into 256MB territory when you're using high (1280x1024+) rez with high levels of AA and antriscopic filtering. For example, 8xAA consumes 94MB of framebuffer memory at 1600x1200.

Therefore it's highly unlikely that today's games will do measureably better at "average" settings with 256MB of identical speed memory than with 128.

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XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 08:38 AM
Its not always the memory that makes a card better. I went out looking for a new graphics chard and I found that the gforce fx 9\5900 128mb card was much better than all of the 256 mb cards that I looked at. It had by far the best poly-per-second of any of them. Be sure to check the specifications and not just the amount of memory.

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XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 08:54 AM
also here's another thing too.....i'm using a 5900 128 meg card now and have been for a week.......still with pc2100 and only in single mode in an Asus Nforce2 mobo....the Ultra400 ver 2.0 series.
with a 1700+ xp cpu........when you get to a card this powerful you definitely need to run that mobo in DDR with 3200 ram with a decent cpu to squeeze every possible inch of performance.I'm getting pretty good performance now as it is......but it can be better.MOre Bandwidth....more performance....simple as that.

XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 09:12 AM
When I first considered buying a video game, I was advised that it was all about the video card. I'm only interested in flight sim games. As a result, I've found them to be extremely microprocessor intensive. Unless you've got a motherboard that runs 800MHz front side buss and a C.P.U. that is above 2.4GHz you will see no real difference between the 128 vs. 256 video cards. Even with the more capable computers, your increases will be small at best. Remember, the human eye has never been able to see anything faster than 60 frames per second. Most people see the screen as seamless well before 40 frames per second.

As a result, I'd suggest a 9700 Pro as your best bang for the buck. Also, not all 128 cards are created equally. The 9500 Pro has 4 "pipelines" (whatever the hell that is) and the 9700 Pro has 8. According to reviews I've read, this makes a big difference in how fast the information can get to and from the video card.

Here's a good link for video card reviews....


http://www.hardocp.com/


Good Luck!

XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 01:13 PM
Actually, IIRC the 9500 has 4 pipelines and the 9500 Pro has 8. I may be wrong though...

Luckyboy310th wrote:
- When I first considered buying a video game, I was
- advised that it was all about the video card. I'm
- only interested in flight sim games. As a result,
- I've found them to be extremely microprocessor
- intensive. Unless you've got a motherboard that
- runs 800MHz front side buss and a C.P.U. that is
- above 2.4GHz you will see no real difference between
- the 128 vs. 256 video cards. Even with the more
- capable computers, your increases will be small at
- best. Remember, the human eye has never been able
- to see anything faster than 60 frames per second.
- Most people see the screen as seamless well before
- 40 frames per second.
-
- As a result, I'd suggest a 9700 Pro as your best
- bang for the buck. Also, not all 128 cards are
- created equally. The 9500 Pro has 4 "pipelines"
- (whatever the hell that is) and the 9700 Pro has 8.
- According to reviews I've read, this makes a big
- difference in how fast the information can get to
- and from the video card.
-
- Here's a good link for video card reviews....
-
-
- http://www.hardocp.com/
-
-
-
- Good Luck!
-
-

XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 01:33 PM
My new Radeon 9500 Pro 128 beats the FX5600 256 that PNY sent as an RMA.

XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 01:45 PM
I have a FX5900 ultra. Here is my assessment: It is definitely a superior card to most others, but there is NOT much difference (currently) between the 128 and the 256 versions. Hopefully, with newer drivers and higher resolutions, the additional 256 will be more beneficial.



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XyZspineZyX
08-29-2003, 02:00 PM
I suggest reading more at

http://www.tomshardware.com


They have an article on this very subject with test data.

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