GeForce 8800 GT 256 vs 512

By alisbin
Jan 26, 2008
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  1. heyya mates,
    from what i've read the main positive of the 512 is that it runs better at extreme resolutions, so my question would be, where is the cut off point.
    what i mean is, i have an essentially low res monitor (technically its highest resolution is 1280 x 1024 at 60 hz) and i really have no problem with that as a max resolution. so would i see any real benefit from getting a 512 over a 256 8800 gt? either way, at what resolution do you start to see an FPS change with modern games (say, bioshock, FEAR or COD:4. my computer isnt up to crysis standards anyway)
  2. Frostmonkey

    Frostmonkey Newcomer, in training Posts: 34

    From my experience (I run an 8800GT 256mb) you would really only see a performance difference at 1680x1050 or above when you start cranking AA and AF. If you intend on gaming above 1680x1050 I would opt for the 512mb model, otherwise 256 should be fine. Hope that helps! :)
  3. alisbin

    alisbin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 120

    i can't get my monitor to display more then 1280x1024, which is what i run everything at, but i usually run stuff with maxed AA and AF, heck i max everything if i can, does that make a difference?
  4. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    If you start turning up AA and AF (these settings are intensive on texture-quality), then it will take more video memory in order to store all those hi-res textures. More memory helps with high resolution and high AA/AF.
    You should be able to achieve respectable performance with the 256MB version, especially since you say you're not gonna take a tackle at running Crysis.
  5. alisbin

    alisbin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 120

    well, i'd like to, but my cpu doesnt even match the minimum reqs for crysis (i have an intel 1.87 core 2 and it wants the 2.2 i think as a minimum)
  6. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Your cpu should be ok (especially with a 8800GT).
    eVGA 8800GT 512mb $239
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318

    That's only $35 more than the 256 and you'll kick yourself later if you get the 256.
  7. alisbin

    alisbin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 120

    you think my will really be able to handle it? well, then maybe when i get the money together i'll grab a 512
  8. grimesy69

    grimesy69 Newcomer, in training Posts: 90

    Only thing i can see here is that your cpu is going to bottleneck your Graphics card in games like crysis.

    I run the 8800gts 320mb version on the same res as you, and i max every game i play. i even get a nice FPS on crysis (medium settings.)
  9. Frostmonkey

    Frostmonkey Newcomer, in training Posts: 34

    I've been running Crysis on high (shadows at medium) at 1440x990 and get very playable rates, if that helps as a reference. Everything else I'm able to max out at 1680x1050.
  10. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla Newcomer, in training Posts: 108


    agreed with what frost has been saying, i have the same system
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Maybe they meant a Pentium-4 (or Pentium-D) running at 2.2GHz as a minimum. To me your current CPU is powerful enough to provide proper framerates with your VGA card as Crysis probably taxes the VGA card more than the CPU (I could be wrong).
     
  12. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla Newcomer, in training Posts: 108


    I would expect better performance too, but modern games with high physics calcs use the CPU as much as ever. Crysis will take a quad core and make it tremble at its knees on maximum.
  13. alisbin

    alisbin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 120

    well, seems like my best option is the 512 since it seems to leave me alot more room to upgrade. thanks for the input folks
  14. Frostmonkey

    Frostmonkey Newcomer, in training Posts: 34

    I would opt for the 512 now, I went with 256 at the time I purchased because the lowest 512 price was inflated heavily and hard to get. Now that the 8800GT 512 is at a much more reasonable price, no reason to not pick it up :) Goodluck!
  15. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Taken from Crysis demo performance in-depth @ TechSpot:
  16. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

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