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02-07-2004, 11:49 AM
Hi people I'm looking at upgrading my video card (GeForce MX440 64 Mb DDR). To either a GeXcube Radeon 9600XT (128 DDR) or a Pixelview GeForce 5700 (256 DDR) so which would be the best for preformance ?
Im guessing the Geforce 5700 any Suggestions would be appreciated.

02-07-2004, 11:54 AM
the 9600 spanks the 5700,leaves it bloody and crying.

Just don't buy an Encore edition 9600.

02-07-2004, 11:58 AM
yeah but since the 5700 has more ram shouldnt it be better?

Pete O\'Neil
02-07-2004, 12:19 PM
> yeah but since the 5700 has more ram shouldnt it be
> better?

In theory it should be but...... it depends on what size texture files you will be loading to the video ram. Seeing as no modern game uses texture files over (only game that might is Farcry) 128mb then you have no need for the extra ram. The only time you will need more ram with current games is when you use really high resolutions combined with high levels of AA & AF, at this point a 9600 or FX5700 arent powerful enough to run the game smoothly at those settings, thus making the ammount of ram irrelevant. Some people have brought 9600's or FX5700's with 256mb RAM based on the theory that they are future proofing their purchase. But by the time you find a game that requires more thatn 128mb of video ram a 9600 or FX5700 wont be powerful enough to play the game. If your looking for a good mid range gaming card take a look at the FX5900XT, it should be about the same price as the above cards and offers superior preformance.

Pete O\'Neil
02-07-2004, 02:42 PM
Just to add to my previous post, some cards that ship with 256mb RAM often have slower ram than cards with 128mb in an attempt to reduce cost. This can mean that cards with more ram are actually slower.

02-07-2004, 03:57 PM
9600XT definitely a better buy with better performance and picture quality. Another thing to check is the type of RAM, some use 128-bit and other use 256-bit which is a lot of difference in performance between the two.

I would rather have a 128MB 256-bit RAM display card as opposed to a 256MB 128-bit display card :)

Pete O\'Neil
02-07-2004, 04:17 PM
As far as i'm aware all Radeon 9600XT's have a 128bit memory interface. Its only the Radeon 9800's that have a 256bit memory interface. The 9600 doesnt have a high enough fill rate for a 256bit memory interface to effective. A 256bit memory interface on a 9600 would have no affect on preformance, it would just add to the cost. If purchasing a 9800 be very careful to make sure your card has a 256bit memory interface as some manufactuers such as Saphire and MSI are shipping cards with a 128bit memory interface. This roughly halfs preformance making a 9800 preform more like a 9600.

02-07-2004, 04:34 PM
Yes .. agreed with Pete on the 9600XT doesn't have 256-bit RAM, I was referring to the FX5900 XT he mentioned before :) Sorry for the confusion