My friend has a geforce 2 mx400 64 mb and i have a geforce 4 mx 440 64 mb
he says that all cards with same amount of ram perform more or less the same and performance totally depends on ram present on the card, more the ram , more the performance.
Please tell me whether he is right or wrong.
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I belive what your friend really ment is that for n00bs such as us, who really don`t know one piece of technology from another, the RAM-size is a good indicator for wether the card is a good one. I belive it was more so before than it is now, but that is really irrelevant cuz you have entered the amazing hardware analysis forums! There are experts roaming here and there are posts who discusses the different video-cards. Forget RAM and instead read all you can on the subject from this forum, and you`ll be able to nail your friend against the wall agumentative-vise TOMORROW!.. Couple it with benchmark tests all over the net to be able to set the good advise aside from the bad..
There is absolutely no way that a card's ram is the only thing that matters!!! For example, your Geforce 4 MX card has 64 mb of ram, but it gets blown away by a 64 mb Geforce 4 Ti card. You can buy a Geforce FX 5200 card with 128 mb of ram, but it is absolutely nothing CLOSE to a 128 mb Radeon 9800 Pro or a 128 mb Geforce FX 5900 Ultra.
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True, the core, memory bandwidth, cooling (wont enhance or decrease much unless you are overclocking..), slot type (pci / agp 2x/4x/8x) , clock speeds will all affect the cards performance as well as drivers we cannot forget drivers !! lol They will screw you right away if u have bad ones. The memory is pretty only a storage space, whether its ddr1 or ddr2 may have an impact on the card but most cards except the radeon 9800 256mb pro and geforce fx 5800 use ddr2 and some others im pretty sure i dont know about The point is the more memory you have wont affect performance unless the game requires 64mb and u use 32mb the card will have to work overtime to run the prog and will in turn hinder performance.
Yes that is true If you having high read access memory then the functionality of your computer would be high. I make website Templates so I need huge ram due to greater performance of my system. So that's why I am telling huger the ram higher the permanence.