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Difference Between Graphics Cards For Gaming And Video?


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#1 kimgeni

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:50 AM

What kind of specifications (GPU, memory and so on) are important for graphics cards if the primary use is gaming, and what values should these specifications have?
Are there any particular card series that provide great gaming cards? Or to put it another way - are there differences in how they build cards, so that 2 cards that may look the same, actualy provide two different results.

The same questions for graphics card for video.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:36 PM

Here is a few of the main things to look for in a new graphic card

1. You want to make sure it has DDR3- Normally 256mb or more
2. You want to have a high bit rate..128 bit is minimum but 256 bit or higher is better
3. You should look for a card that supports DirectX 10 for the future games.
4. You want to have the fastest core clock (average 600mhz or higher) and fastest memory clock (average 15-1600mhz or higher) that you can afford
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:04 PM

Thanks.

How important is the bit rate for the memory, or to put it another way, when will I notice that I have 128 and not 256?

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:01 PM

The bit rate is important i think it allows higher frame rates at higher resolutions.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:37 PM

Its pretty much like Lucky said at first. Go for some GDDR3, and try and get at least 256mb of memory, and a bit rate of 128.

It seems like anything thats DirectX-10, has GDDR3, 256mb memory, and 128 bit rate is around 150$(PCI x16 slot), and once you get higher than that, it rises exponentially. The higher the core clock the better.

If you can get a higher bit rate, go for it....

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 02:05 PM

OK, thanks.

Are there any large differences between the major producers of video cards (like HIS, Asus, PowerColor, Gainward, Sapphire and so on) given the same basic technology, (say GeForce 8600 with the same GPU and memory)?
Im thinking about he card itself and the drivers.

When it comes to the question about the difference between graphics cards for gaming and video, is is safe to draw the conclusion that there are no differences in general (GPU, memory.....), but that you'll have to look at how well that specific chipset is performing when it comes to games/film? Because the specifications may bee the same, but the performance very different?




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