Can you replace your DDR video card with DDR2?

By RogueSpec
Oct 23, 2007
  1. Hi, I currently have an ATI Radeon X300 Series 128MB Video Card and I need to know if I can now replace it with a card thats DDR2?
    This is my current video card specs taken from ATI Catalyst:

    Graphics Card Manufacturer Powered by ATI
    Graphics Chipset RADEON X300 Series

    Bus Type:pCI Express
    Current Bus Setting:pCI Express

    Memory Size 128 MB
    Memory Type DDR SGRAM / SDRAM

    Core Clock in MHz 324 MHz
    Memory Clock in MHz 196 MHz

    The card i'm thinking about getting is:
    XFX GeForce 7300 GT / 512MB DDR2 / SLI Ready / PCI Express / DVI / VGA / HDTV / Video Card


    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE / 256MB DDR2 / Supporting 512MB with Turbocache / PCI Express / DVI / VGA / TV Out / OEM / Low Profile / Video Card

    Would It work?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,183   +225

    In a word... YES
  3. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Are you sure you don't mean replacing an AGP with PCI-E? Because that would NOT work.

    To expound just a bit on Tmagic's reply, here we go: all VRAM (that's video memory) is local to the card it is located on. Cards don't work like motherboards: with a motherboard, if you want to shoot up a DDR standard, you have to buy a motherboard with updated slots (DIMMs). With a graphics card, since all VRAM is actually on your new card, there is no need to upgrade anything: support is included on the card!
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,183   +225

    Let me get this straight:

    RogueSpec has a PCI-e RADEON X300 Series card installed now, and he's not using on-board video. He wants to upgrade the PCI-e Radeon with a Nvidia PCI-e video card. Right?

    This is what I said YES to
  5. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    that would work fine :) i upgraded my card from DDR to GDDR3 so it'll be fine ;)

    thebaronjocelin has explained it all really, not much more you need to know :)
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