9600GT 256Mb vs 512Mb in GAMES!

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by eLbanana, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. eLbanana macrumors member

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  2. tYsopz macrumors member

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    These might not give an entirely correct image as the 9600 in the macs by far outperform 9600 in PCs due to the superior chipset.
     
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  4. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    Well obviously the 512MB 9600GT is gonna outperform the 256MB one due to more RAM allocation...I don't really know what else you want to know lol.
     
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    Actually, I think it's pretty significant for one reason: it conflicts with the "absolutely no difference between 256 meg and 512 meg video card options" idea.

    The clock speed on the CPU's IS a little bit different, and we're not seeing drastic improvements with the 512 card in all the games...

    However, I'm thinking that the increase to 104 fps from 95.6 fps in Doom 3 would more likely be due to the increase in VRAM than the 0.13 GHz CPU difference.

    What do you think?
     
  7. dnjmarlboro macrumors member

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    LOL - is this the Steve bonus?
     
  8. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    The article seems to suggest otherwise:
    I would think that the greater amount of VRAM might add a few frames but I think it is largely insignificant.
     
  9. redsteven macrumors 6502a

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    Touché :)
     
  10. eXan macrumors 601

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    That difference is coming from twice as large CPU cache and slightly faster CPU clock speed.
     
  11. EchoElite macrumors newbie

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    i went ahead and splurged for the 2.56 GhZ macbook pro with the 512 mb of v-ram, heh ill use that power, cause i am a big gamer,
     
  12. eLbanana thread starter macrumors member

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    You will see the real deference between 256 and 512 VRAM when playing directX 10 games or just higher Resolutions then 1280*800.
     
  13. eXan macrumors 601

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    Doesn't matter. And if you seriously expect DX10 games at high resolutions on a laptop, you must be insane O_O

    The memory bus on a laptop card is just too slow to use that much memory efficiently.
     
  14. dssence macrumors newbie

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    guys need your help I'm going to buy a macbook pro and I'm trying to decide myself if it's worth paying the extra cash for the 512mb vid mem instead of 256mb of memory. I read all the posts below.
    But which was the main reason apple released a second model with 512mb vid mem? if they know it's bus it's 128bits ... I don't really get it.. will I get the same performance if I buy the 256mb version as this guy playing crysis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoQl-_e6Gbc



    :confused:

    or will I only benefit on the extra 512mb mem if i play dx10 games with large textures .. ? hows the deal
     
  15. eXan macrumors 601

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    its just like with companies making 10 MP consumer cameras - to sell them. Making people think that more always = better.
     
  16. Mackan macrumors 65816

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    You know, if Apple just offered more configuration options things would be different... The base model, and a possibility to add a 512 MB VRAM video card instead of the 256 one, for let's say $25 more...
     
  17. dssence macrumors newbie

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    So it makes no sense to go with the 512mb version ? I mean there's some ppl saying that some kind of driver will enable both cards to run @ sli mode.. but I don't think that would happen..
    So is it worth paying the extra 500 bucks for 4gb more 6mb l3 cache , and 512mb mem I mean I want the best config I can get but I don't want to spend that much basically for the extra mem on the gpu if it won't be making a perf difference at all .. not having that much of a sense :confused:
     
  18. cptrios macrumors newbie

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    I think that in most cases it's going to make a negligible difference at best. However, I would expect that with games like the Total War series and others that use a lot of textures at once, you might notice an improvement.

    I think the 512mb option is more of a futureproofing idea...plus, don't forget the bump in CPU speed. It's not huge but it's not nothing.
     
  19. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    You need 4gbs of ram for crysis. It stutters like crazy with 2gbs or less, it doesnt matter what kind of card you have. If you plan on playing Crysis then 4gbs should be a requirement.

    Its not worth spending money for a 512mb 9600, it is not fast enough to use that much memory. Extra memory on budget video cards has been a gimmick for several years, only the fastest cards benefit from memory upgrades.
     
  20. Red-red macrumors 6502

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    Only in certain games you will see the difference. It's more for professionals who need the extra vram.
     
  21. cptrios macrumors newbie

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    Wouldn't that essentially rule out playing Crysis on XP? (XP can only see 3.5gb, right?)
     
  22. elmancho macrumors 6502

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    Right on, thats why all "pro gamers" play on vista x64! ;)

    P.S. ( oh yeah with 16 Gb of ram, 3way 380 GTX SLI, Quad core, and loads of other very useful stuff thats keeping the planet warm:D)
     

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