So im looking to buy a new graphics card. Now I noticed the graphics card I got my eyes on (x1950xt) being sold with GDDR4 memory and DDR3 memory. After some googling I found out GDDR is DDR memory for gaming only, so it doesnt add to the pc's normal memory, but GDDR is capable of running on higher clocking speeds. The DDR memory is overall memory in the graphics card, also adds to the pc's normal memory.
Now I'd like to know, what is best for me? GDDR4 or DDR3? I think the GDDR4 is better if I have enough ram in my PC anyway. And DDR3 is better if u have less ram. I could be completely wrong, so I kinda need some more info in this. I hope any of u can help me.
aicaramba;3525106The DDR memory is overall memory in the graphics card, also adds to the pc's normal memory.
Huh ? I seriously doubt it, or you didn't express it well / I didn't understand what you meant.
Well.. about the things I said, tbh, im not entirely sure about it myselve, thats why I mad this thread. If you guys here give me a completely different explination, then ill believe that.
Oh sorry miswatched, there are with GDDR3 and DDR3. So what do you think is best?
It is my understanding that all graphic cards use GDDR, since the G basically means its on a graphic card. It is possible both card have the same memory, but the site selling them made a typo writing the memory of one of the card. A lot of sites are not very zealous about writing GDDR instead of DDR, because both mean the samething (DDR on a graphic card instantly becomes GDDR, so why specify it?). Even if you were right, I doubt the graphic card's memory would help the computer much since it needs it for itself most of the time.
Now I noticed the graphics card I got my eyes on (x1950xt) being sold with GDDR4 memory and DDR3 memory.
The X1950XT is sold with two types of memory : the X1950XT is sold with 256mb GDDR3 (I have this card and recommand it because of its price to power ratio), the X1950XTX is sold with 512mb GDDR4 (slightly more powerful, but very expensive. You might as well look into the Nvidia 8800 cards, which are more powerful or wait for newer ATI cards if you want to spend in that price range). However, I'm certain all X1950XT cards have GDDR.
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The speed of memory on a video card dosen't matter at all. A Geforce 8800 GTX that has DDR3 will own a X1950XT with DDR4. And no the video card dose not add memory to your system at all. If you are getting a new vidoe card and if you're looking at a X1950xt then you might as well go for a 8800 GTS that has DX 10 and can do 16xAA in todays games and still get good frame rates.
So it basicly doesnt matter, thanks for the help.. But I think I will be going for the x1950xt, since it has good power/price ratio. And we were nearing the max money we wanted to spend on the grapics card. The 8800's are too expensive anyway. Costing ~150 euro more then the x1950xt and ~100 euro more then the xtx.
Videoslave;3525309The speed of memory on a video card dosen't matter at all. A Geforce 8800 GTX that has DDR3 will own a X1950XT with DDR4. And no the video card dose not add memory to your system at all. If you are getting a new vidoe card and if you're looking at a X1950xt then you might as well go for a 8800 GTS that has DX 10 and can do 16xAA in todays games and still get good frame rates.
The X1950XT can be bought at less than 300$, while the 8800GTS is between 400 and 500$. :o
But whats better GDDR or DDR?
As I said, they are the same thing.
As Komrad_B said, GDDR and DDR are certainly the same thing. I also saw "VRAM" in the old days for Video RAM, and such things ... that just seemed to mean that was the RAM on the Video/Graphics/however you want to call it board ^^
Sorry Komrad, didnt see ur first post, since the 2 posts were made in such a short period of time.. I got the point ;) As editted in my previous post. Will be going for the x1950xt because of its price/power, and because better cards such as 8800's get too expensive.
GDDR is, as a rule, better (faster) than normal memory; but nowadays most cards aside from the cheapest, lowest end junk use GDDR so it's irrelevant really.