Is This a Trick Question?

By captaincranky ยท 6 replies
Apr 18, 2008
  1. I've been shopping for a low end video card, Nvidia 8500GT, or thereabouts.
    Anyway I found these 2 Biostar models;


    Here's the trick question. The prices are identical. but one is 512MB memory
    the other is 256MB memory.
    All other things being equal, the memory clock is faster in the 256MB model. (800 vs 667).
    I like the big black fan on the 256MB card, but which do you guys think is the better buy?

    Opinions please, DON'T hold back!
  2. xXxZxXx

    xXxZxXx TS Rookie Posts: 77

    The one with more memory.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    512 model and use some software overclock bs to match ( or attempt to ) the 256 speed. I say this because in the past graphics memory wasn't all that important, speed was, but now lots of games are using more than 256. I'm playing games with my 8800 320 that I could use more ram on. RAM is more important now than it was a couple years ago.

    What are you using it for though? That makes a difference, sort of.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 12,966   +2,523

    Not So "Great Expectations".....

    With apologies to "Charlie" Dickens.

    I'll probably use it for dual monitors. At the most, High-Def TV out.

    It's the both the same price thing, I can think of good reasons for that. Yet verily, my head still breaks.
  5. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Guru Posts: 467

    Be very careful because I have a feeling the 256MB version might be 128bit lane
    Compared to 256bit .

    The reason their same price is because the 512mb version is 128bit ,, forget actual name of this. Then the 256MB is say 256bit. If this is truley the case then don't get a 128bit card, try to find a 256 lane card @ 512mb,,, GL,,
  6. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Actually, the memory interface bus-width is based entirely on the graphics chipset (GPU).
    And (almost) all GeForce 8500 chipsets have a 128-bit interface (though some 8500's have are 64-bit, but none are over 128-bit).
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 12,966   +2,523

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