I am looking at buying a video card right now and I am just wondering if it would be better for future games to get a 256mb card or get a fast 128mb card.
or a 128mb Geforce 6600GT http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1121824&Sku=P450-8529
Will 128mb not do it for games in a few months? Do I need to get a 256? I have a Radeon 9500 Pro right now with 128mb and I was accidentally running it at 64mb instead of 128 and I can honestly see no difference now that it is back running at 128mb. This makes me think games arent even using the full 128 yet. (I play Counter Strike - Source)
Any opinions or facts will be helpful
Thanks, LedZep :cya:
I like you
3rd July 2004
I have a 256MB X600 Pro in my current PC, and the PC downstairs has an 9800 Pro 128MB, there's no difference, at all. Maybe an investment for the future perhaps, but at the moment [Doom 3 Aside], developers find little use for so much memory.
What are these damn animals?
1st July 2004
Definately 256. Theres really no point in getting anything else unless you can't afford it.
17th June 2002
If you have the money to blow on it, and you want one... why not? The Source engine is very misleading; it's highly efficient when it comes to system resources. I had it running in quite high details on a GeForce 4. It doesn't necessarily represent the performance of all games. Try your current one out on some new releases -- download some demos and give them a whirl. If it runs them fine, don't bother. If it's really bad, look into an upgrade. I will say that a 256mb card will definitely be more future-proof than a 128mb card, though really, no card will ever be 'future-proof' for very long. I base my purchasing decisions on my own actual computer's performance, rather than what other people say it will do. They all act slightly differently, after all, depending on what drivers it uses, what other hardware it uses, what software it uses, etc. If it starts to perform badly, I look into an upgrade. Otherwise, if it works, it works. Doesn't really matter what other people have. If you can get a Voodoo 3 working fine, use that.
Lord of the Peach
19th April 2004
far cry, Doom 3, Bf2, and some other texture and model heavy games will need 256mb cards, and 128mb ones will not bet cutting it. the 9600pro256mb has the same performace as a 6600 and is only $120. They make 9800se's in 256mb favors which are basically heavily overclocke 9600Xt's but run CS:S great with all the candy
17th June 2002
Pethegreatfar cry, Doom 3, Bf2, and some other texture and model heavy games will need 256mb cards
No they won't. The minimum requirements are 64mb cards for both FarCry and Doom 3, and many people claim to run both on a modern 128mb graphics card without serious problems. A 9500 might not be the best card to do it with, though, regardless of memory.
I know a 9500 Pro isnt cutting it that's why I made this thread. Anyway, what are some good 256mb cards under or around 200.00? Any suggestions?
Ive been looking at the only card in that range is a 9600XT or a Geforce 6600 and a Geforce 6600GT will kick both of those cards asses. I really do not think having 256mb is gonna help that much if I have to go with a slower GPU. I can get a bad ass 128mb or a decent 256mb.
17th June 2002
Depends. 200.00 what, exactly? :p £, €, $, other? If I was to suppose $, I understand NewEgg is the website of choice for most Americans. And according to that, you can actually get 256mb AGP 8x Radeon 9800s for under $200, as well as a variety of other decent cards. I'm also assuming you use AGP on your motherboard, going from the card you have at the moment.
Yep US, and I actually think I am gonna go 6600GT. Mainly for the reason that I do not believe the 256mb crap. I do not think any games or applications are fully using 256mb. Thanks for the advice anyway.