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Gainward GTS 250 2048MB Limited Edition: Two against One

Started by: mascotzel | Date 06/16/09 03:51:24 PM
Comments: 4 | Last Comment:  06/22/09 10:17:53 PM

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you missjudged one "high"
2GB are useless on such a card (your tests show it,and Crysis is not a game a GTS 250 can conquer in 1920*1200) and add to much to its pricepoint

in my country it's almost as expensive as an GTX 260-216/ATI 4870-1GB (and the gainward GTS 250 512/1024 are some of the cheapest on the market)
I can't find prices for the US
0 0 [Posted by: mascotzel  | Date: 06/16/09 03:51:24 PM]
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I wouldn't say useless, because I noticed a slight framerate advantage almost always, a very slight one, but it's there. So slight one could say inside the test error but it was consistent.
I'd also note that only 6 months ago or so 512 ram was plenty, but now I've seen 896 choke on a GTX260 running out of space, so newer games coming in the next year might need more than 1 gig ram, and on higher rezzes and with aa af cranked...
Anyway the price han't hit here yet - I read Palit owns them and is doing a new USA rollout with special nv cards under several brands excluding the palit name in the USofA, at least I thought it was gainward and not galaxy.
Yes, the 2 gigs is gimmicky but somehow I think it will become useful shortly enough.
0 0 [Posted by: SiliconDoc  | Date: 06/22/09 10:09:49 PM]
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2gb memory ram on the GTS250 aka 8800GTX is overkill, no fps improvements over 1gb version its all marketing.
0 0 [Posted by: 3Dkiller  | Date: 06/17/09 01:52:30 AM]
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The 2 gigs could become advantageous in newer games at lower rezzes that are more demanding at lower rezzes being newer and more complex.
I know it's a stretch, but it did show 6% in crysis warhead already which is very demanding, so... I guess one could hope in the next year they'ell be some more advantages.
6% is no sneezy increase when ati is battling nvidia on some head to head card war so I won't discount it.
The review didn't show lowest framerates either ( I know it's very difficult except for a few games that make it easy with test demos) so that could be a pretty significant hidden advantage.
I may have missed a comment on it in the review but I don't think one was there.
So higher ram usually does better keeping minimum framerates higher at their lowest spot, that may make it worth it.
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