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#1 PCwarrior

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 04:31 PM

In my past installs of video cards I have always made sure the appature was set to the size of memmory on the GPU card. Now that I'm searching out a new card , i'm finding 512 as a offering. All my past cards where 256, and I set the setting to that. ? Does it make any since to upgrade to a card with 512 if my settings only go to 256? :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 11:19 PM

First off, this is not like a Cache file, it's more of a preemptive method allowing for more memory in case your games exceeds the physical memory of your card.

Er-go, unless you're playing crysis, and you're much better off using a very high end SLI solution for that; then just set the aperture to around 128 or maybe even as low as 64 mb...

It's a bad Idea for games developers to go over the amount of memory on modern cards, which 256 mb seems to be acceptable, again depending on the game and the technology that's it's making use of. Gaming is almost a micro-science when it comes to hardware purchasing.

Hope this helps

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:21 PM

Yes, It does help thank you for the clarification. I thought it(the setting) needed to be opened to the amount available on board(my bad). ? where and or how should the micro- science be studied to make the most of limited resources?

I mean, I have been reading here and there, but there is always a conflicting view and such. Not to mention the pieces continue to move a head as time goes on ( while playing and such ).

To stay abreast of new is not really all that hard ( mags, sites , forums, shops ) but the learned teachings of hardware interface, without hype and bling. Any good sources you might recommend, aside from courses I can't afford.

Thanks again.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:54 PM

Online learning is a difficult path to understand, because anyone can post anything whether it's correct or not.

Tom's Hardware and Howstuffworks.com are the places I start for online reference in technology. I then pair that with information from Software vendors and help forums like this one. In order to pinpoint your knowledge, pick up an a+ book and start there.

You may also want to get a building and upgrading book, and possibly read about and google mother board technologies.

Further, to understand the "Hype" it's good to reference manufacturer's themselves.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:36 PM

Thank you for the suggestions. I will follow them toward a more enlightened path.
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