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Whats better in a video card speed or memory?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by 17RiCkE17, Jan 6, 2006.

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  1. 17RiCkE17

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    I was wondering what is better to look for in a video card the speed or the memory
     
  2. Mulderator

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    What do you mean the "speed?"

    Speed will be a function of memory and could be a significant function depending on what you are doing.

    What is your intended purposed with the video card?
     
  3. Jackiefrost9

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    I think he means core clock speed for speed, a MHz value.

    For gaming look for pixel pipelines first, then speed and memory, then vertex shaders... in my opinion. As long as it has a minimum of 128MB it's set for memory.
     
  4. 17RiCkE17

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    I'm using the graphics card for gaming and by speed i mean Engine clock speed and the Memory clock speed.
     
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    JackieFrost gave a good answer here. In terms of the best bang for the buck if you can afford a 6800gt that's a damn good card for the money. I have my eyes set on that one when i do a major upgrade here in a month or two. However I will be holding off for a 7800gtx as I like to play with everything cranked up.

    As jackiefrost pointed out the first thing to look at is pixel pipelines. The standard for a decent gaming machine would be 16. If you can afford the best that would be 24.
     
  6. Mulderator

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    I have the 6600GT and I like it! ;)
     
  7. Jackiefrost9

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    As do i.... but i'm getting more power hungry...

    And just for reference:
    7800GTX has 24 pixel pipelines
    7800GT has 20 pixel pipelines
    6800GT has 16 Pixel Pipelines
    6600GT has 8 Pixel pipelines

    Those are all Nvidia cards. For ATI cards these are the equivalent:
    The 7800GTX Is the equivallent of a X1800XT
    The 6800GT would be pretty much the same as an X800
    The 6600GT is like a Radeon 9800pro
     
  8. Mulderator

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    You guys are gaming right? I'm primarily doing video editing.
     
  9. Jackiefrost9

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    Yeah i'm gaming, I don't really do a lot of video editing.
     
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