Posted on October 15, 2007,

Sweeney Says Go for the 512+MB Vid Cards

UT3 Demo

The Inquirer recently fired off a question regarding upcoming video cards at the opinion of Epic’s Tim Sweeney, THE man behind all the Unreal Engine technology to date:

Two major titles from Epic are coming out now, Gears of War for PC and Unreal Tournament 3, mega-titles that are also going to be on market in November. When asked about the amount of video memory, here is what Tim stated:

“In Unreal Tournament 3 and Gears of War for PC, there is a significant gain in having 512MB of video memory rather than 256MB. So, first and foremost, get at least a 512MB card if you can afford it. If you haven’t maxed out your budget, then go for the maximum single-card performance that doesn’t require extreme cooling, e.g. buy an entry-level GeForce 8800 over a GeForce 8600.”

The whole 8800 > 8600 comparison seems logical. So what about all those early adopters who skimped and got the 8800 GTS with 320MB of onboard ram? Are they SoL come time for UT3? I think what Sweeney meant to say here is that unless you want to turn off a lot of graphical options in UT3, you’d best invest in a card with lots of onboard ram. Now the really confusing part is which does he recommend more? The 8600 variant with 512MB or the 8800 with 320MB? I guess the gist of it is that Sweeney recommends anyone who can squeeze the budget should go for the 8800 640MB flavor. What the hell was Nvidia thinking with the non 128 multiples anyway?

Also it makes me wonder how much more extra detail the retail version of UT3 will bring. I know it will have higher res textures. Just how much higher compared to the demo? The demo seemed pretty reasonable on the sys reqs. Yes, I know it’s a beta demo. Anyway, they should put a “Holy Sh@t!” checkbox in the retail UT3 settings for those crazy enough to buy a video card with a gig of ram. If anything do it for comical value.

Via The Inq

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8 Comments on Sweeney Says Go for the 512+MB Vid Cards


On October 16, 2007 at 12:07 am

I got 8600 GTS 256MB and I can run ut3 beta at 1280×1024 with all settings max and 50fps. All this crap about needing super cards to run games is bs, honeslty my ol’ geforce 4 ti4600 still kicks alot of ass today, if your not playing leading edge games, ran source games fine at high at same res. For my money buy a medium range card, instead of top, cause by the time ur top of the line 8800GTX will be fully used, current shader/dx lvl will be outdated, or someother feature will be.


On October 16, 2007 at 12:43 am

:mrgreen: I feel the exact same way. I too have an nvidia 8600 gts 256. im downloading the beta as we speak but these days your ammount of ram and the balls of your processor will balance performance of even a crap card. me, i have an amd 5600 x2 core, with 1 gig ddr800 so… NO PROBLEMS HERE!!!

I run Trackmania United @ 1680×1050 (max monitor resolution) with everything on BUT the motion blur (cause it messes me up!!) and it runs @ just about 100 fps. why the hell would i want to buy a video card for 3x the money, just to say i get about 50 more frames that you cant even tell are there!?!

mr. p

On October 16, 2007 at 3:39 am

your fps is 50… so hmmn… how about in a scene where there are 5 guys shooting at you when you need it most? your fps drops down to 25, your dead, gl getting back up

Commander Bubble

On October 16, 2007 at 6:22 am

thought i’d say, 640 IS a mulitple of 128, it’s 6*128, where 512 is 5*128. not that it really matters anyway

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Commander Bubble

On October 16, 2007 at 6:23 am

strike that, 640 is 5 times and 512 is 4 times :P

tech god

On October 16, 2007 at 8:36 am

actually the 320mb is rated much higher in dxdiag….i think it might be a bug because mine saids 1563mb with only one card :/ Anywho the 8800 gts will run any game fine…the 640mb is on par with 320mb….only difference is 640mb can run smoother at 1600 resolution and beyond


On October 16, 2007 at 9:28 am

hi, my brother downloaded lastchaos and played it.well it lagged real bad cuz he only had a 212 or so mb, but he still he still got to play.nownx we added more ram and it will download but when it comes to connect it wont.also he has broadband or highspeed.any suggestions or reason for this? th


On October 16, 2007 at 10:00 am

8800GTX full settings @ 1920×1200 = 50+fps
Love me :evil:

I agree a bit with you guys but if you have the monitor that supports really high res then you need the 8800gts or gtx.