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GeForce 7950 GT: 256MB or 512MB? Foxconn and Gigabyte Graphics Cards Review
I am fully agree to your article describing there is not any differecne between 256MB and 512MB on Doom3 in HQ Mode and Ultra HQ Mode.
I use a 256MB card and I got same experience on Doom3 you mentioned.
But I think Quake4 coule be different.
In my experience, Running Quake4 in HQ 1600*1200 mode, I got reasonable frame rate. but running in Ultra HQ 1600*1200 mode, the frame rate was so heavily dropped that I could not play Quake4 at all.This situation was not occured in Doom3.
So I realized the deference between Doom3 and Quake4.
I'm sorry that I'm not much of English.
Dont belive me ? Go look up the console commands and type the one in that shows you how much memory the game is using on the video card. I can garuntee you that the game will be using more then 256mb. You guys need to actually play the game's instead of running a benchmark and reporting the final FPS.
The lack of memory doesnt lower the FPS more memory doesnt increase the FPS, what it does is store all the data from the Textures and Polygons in the game, lack of memory means the game has to borow from the computer thus when you enter new area's for say when you enter a new area in doom3 and the door Opens you WILL get a sudden stutter or Hiccup in the game and do you know what why ? Because there isnt enough video ram to hold all the textures and Polygons, thus it has to swap back and forth between the system recorces and itself to store all that data.
This review is a joke and it totally misleading to people out i suggest you take it off the website and redo it. It you think Doom3 isa memory hog try playing a game like Oblivion @ those settings (1600x1200 or higher Max details and AA/AF and dont tell me you dont see any stutter or hiccip on that game using 256mb or even 320mb from the new 8800GTS.
The 320mb isa great deal but like i said memory does play a very imposrtant roll now in video games it doesnt increase or decrease your FPS, what it does do is determine if the game will run smoothly or not.
To show a comparision to people who dont understand all that i have talked about think about this.
Play a game like BF2 or BF2142 with 512mb of system memory on your computer or hell even 1GB and play the game using 1280x1024 and Details to high with some AA/AF on, your FPS will be the same as say 2gb of memory but you will have major stutter and hiccup's making the game unplayable those hiccups and stutters are caused by the computer using the harddrive as virtual memory. The computer is swapping back and forth from the HDD. The same kind of thing applies to the video card's memory dont have enough memory well your gonna have hiccup's in games when playing on demanding settings
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