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    128MB DDR3 vs 256MB DDR2

    I want to buy a new graphics card, I was offered the GeForce 6600gt, 128MB DDR3, 128 bit.

    They told me that a memory of 128MB DDR3 is even a little better than 256MB DDR2.

    Is 128 DDR3 really better or at least the same as 256 DDR2??

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    is it better to take a raincoat or sun tan lotion when you go on holiday? depends where youre going

    if you are doing something with low quality textures the 256mb card wont have any advantage, with high quality textures it would do but its likely to be too slow generally to do so... the only difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is that you can potentially clock DDR3 higher, so the bonus of DDR3 is a complete unknown unless you have specific speeds

    in reality the average 128mb DDR3 card would tend to be better value than a 256mb DDR2 card at the same price, lots of bargain cards used lots of slow cheap memory to look good

    but if you really want to compare features you need to know core speed, memory speed, memory size, pipeline count, vertex & pixel shader count, transistor count, bit-width of memory bus, vertex and pixel shader version... so my advice would be not to bother

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    Quote Originally Posted by -ChEM-
    is it better to take a raincoat or sun tan lotion when you go on holiday? depends where youre going

    if you are doing something with low quality textures the 256mb card wont have any advantage, with high quality textures it would do but its likely to be too slow generally to do so... the only difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is that you can potentially clock DDR3 higher, so the bonus of DDR3 is a complete unknown unless you have specific speeds

    in reality the average 128mb DDR3 card would tend to be better value than a 256mb DDR2 card at the same price, lots of bargain cards used lots of slow cheap memory to look good

    but if you really want to compare features you need to know core speed, memory speed, memory size, pipeline count, vertex & pixel shader count, transistor count, bit-width of memory bus, vertex and pixel shader version... so my advice would be not to bother
    I want to use my card for videos and games...
    your advice is not to bother, and...? get the 128 ddr3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -ChEM-
    is it better to take a raincoat or sun tan lotion when you go on holiday? depends where youre going

    if you are doing something with low quality textures the 256mb card wont have any advantage, with high quality textures it would do but its likely to be too slow generally to do so... the only difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is that you can potentially clock DDR3 higher, so the bonus of DDR3 is a complete unknown unless you have specific speeds

    in reality the average 128mb DDR3 card would tend to be better value than a 256mb DDR2 card at the same price, lots of bargain cards used lots of slow cheap memory to look good

    but if you really want to compare features you need to know core speed, memory speed, memory size, pipeline count, vertex & pixel shader count, transistor count, bit-width of memory bus, vertex and pixel shader version... so my advice would be not to bother
    If you can help me than this is the full Specifications of the card:

    Performance:
    NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT
    500 MHz GPU
    8 Pixel Pipelines
    400 MHz RAMDAC

    Memory:
    128 MB, 128 bit DDR3
    900 MHz (effective)
    14.4 GB/s Memory Bandwidth


    Interface:
    AGP 8X
    VGA, DVI-I, HDTV

    Resolution & Refresh:
    240 Hz Max Refresh Rate
    2048 x 1536 x 32bit x 85 Hz Max Analog
    1600 x 1200 Max Digital

    Requirements:
    Minimum of a 350 Watt power supply.
    (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 18 Amp Amps.)
    An available 4-pin Molex hard drive power dongle


    what do u think...?
    Last edited by Flash7; 17-07-2006 at 11:29 AM.

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    What is the price of this (and what's your budget?), as another question might be 'what should I get for my money?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmunk
    What is the price of this (and what's your budget?), as another question might be 'what should I get for my money?'
    well in dollars its about 170$ but i think probably cards cost a little more where i live, i didn't find a better price, question is, would i be happy with this card, and is there a much better card for the same money?

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    Where are you? Most of us here are in the UK.

    You could try looking for second-hand cards, as USD170 is roughly GBP90, which in the UK will buy you an nVidia 6800GT or ATI x800XT/850XT (with 16 pipelines opened) which would be somewhat better than any 6600GT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmunk
    Where are you? Most of us here are in the UK.

    You could try looking for second-hand cards, as USD170 is roughly GBP90, which in the UK will buy you an nVidia 6800GT or ATI x800XT/850XT (with 16 pipelines opened) which would be somewhat better than any 6600GT.
    i'm in israel

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    Can't say I'm too conversant with the current Israeli PC components market, but a quick google found that NGOHQ is an Israel-based PC review/forum site. They may be able to give some more Israel-specific help (although I'm sure that any general help you need can be sourced in Hexus..!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmunk
    Can't say I'm too conversant with the current Israeli PC components market, but a quick google found that NGOHQ is an Israel-based PC review/forum site. They may be able to give some more Israel-specific help (although I'm sure that any general help you need can be sourced in Hexus..!).
    thanks, i've tryed some israeli sited and i think the price they offerd me is preety good... i think i'll get it, i just hope i'll be happy with 128MB DDR3...

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    TBH, I think for most purposes you'll see more of a performance gain from the higher overclocking potential of DDR3 against the possible greater texture performance of 256MB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmunk
    TBH, I think for most purposes you'll see more of a performance gain from the higher overclocking potential of DDR3 against the possible greater texture performance of 256MB.
    i hope you're right..

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    At times there is no need for overclocking, even, since the DDR3 memory is commonly factory clocked faster than DDR2 modules. And since there are 256MB of DDR2, it probably is of lower quality, so yes, go for the DDR3 one.

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