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Thread: What Games out utilise 256mb of onboard ram?




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    HI trying to decide between a 9600xt 128mb or a 256mb.What games use more than 128mb thanx. And if the 256mb is slower than the 128 whats the upside of getting a 256mb?
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    P.S.im in aus cant afford 9700or 9800 so dont say get 9700 or 9800 coz here there heaps more expensive.

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    Right now the 256mb really shows little benefit, although if you can afford it I would definately get it as it will benefit in the future

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    Having done a fair bit of research on video cards lately (esp. the 9600xt) it appears that most companies seem to be using slower RAM on the 256 version than the 128 versions. Although it is true that future games may be able to use the larger RAM specs at this time it makes very little difference. From what I see the clock speeds and actual RAM speeds make far more difference than the amout of RAM. If you are willing to look at Nvidia cards you may also want to price out the 5700 ultra card as it is pretty much the equal of the 9600 XT in performance and can be found for simular prices.
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    Okay this has been fairly widely debated, and I'm pretty sure that on the 9600XT the 256mb version isn't any slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Okay this has been fairly widely debated, and I'm pretty sure that on the 9600XT the 256mb version isn't any slower.
    On ATi's it isn't but on other brands it can be.

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    Do u know what brands so i can avoid them. Also i heard doom3 and hl2 use more than 128mb of onboard ram is this true.
    thanx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degsk3
    Do u know what brands so i can avoid them. Also i heard doom3 and hl2 use more than 128mb of onboard ram is this true.
    thanx.
    I don't remember which ones off hand so checkin' out their website spec's and reviews should help ya out there but yes future games will make use of more than 128MB just like they have for each step up in video memory size in the past.

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    The Call of Duty manual talks about only seting character models to extra if you have 256mb of video ram. However I have a 9700pro with 128mb ans I set it to extra with no problems. Call of Duty is the only game i've heard of mentioning 256mb of video ram. Maybe FarCry, don't know

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    Doom3 probably will benefit as well.
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    By the time Doom3 comes out, everyone will be running 512MB video cards!

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