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randyrives
01-11-2003, 07:51 PM
I am looking at the GeForce 4 ti 4200 graphic cards. The 64 mb card actually has better benchmarks than the 128 mb card. The 64mb box actually states it is faster. (note I only have a 4x agp slot so I am not referring to the 8x 4200 128mb)

So should I get the 64mb card or will the double memory help in other areas?

elvis
01-11-2003, 10:18 PM
most 128MB gf4 cards on release used slower ram than their 64MB bretheren to keep card prices down.

6+ months later and it's a different story. you can get all sorts of cards to match your needs. when buying a card, the GPU itself should be clocked to nvidia's spec, but double check the speed of the ram. for instance, i got myself a SUMA geforce4ti4200se card with 128MB ram clocked at 3.3ns. (1/3.3ns=300MHz DDR, or 600MHz effective). this is a much higher spec than a normal ti4200, and the card performs quite well for it.

overclocking the card to 300/600 from it's stock 250/550 gives a nice boost in performance without cooking the card. it can go much higher than that, but in the interests of stability i don't bother usually.

point of the (long winded) story: check the ram speed spec on the card before buying. 128MB cards are great with scenes that have a lot of texturing in them so that your card doesn't have to fall back on the AGP bus to pull textures from system memory (which is a heck of a lot slower).

and don't look at game benchmarks for 3D application use! they focus on something totally different. :)

randyrives
01-11-2003, 11:37 PM
Thanks for the info. Do you know anything about Asylum (sp?) cards. I saw one at the local Wal-Mart today. It is a Ti-4200 se 128 mb ?

elvis
01-12-2003, 09:09 AM
i'm assuming this is the card you are talking about:

http://www.bfgtech.com/new_product_4200.html

according to the website, the 128MB card is 444MHz (222MHz DDR, or 4.5ns), while the 64MB card is 500MHz (250MHz DDR, or 4.0ns),

from memory (no pun intended), 4.0ns is the standard speed for gforce4 ti4200 memory, so anything slower is not really that great. i'd look around and try to find a 128MB card with 4.0ns ram or quicker. the manufacturer's website should always tell you the details on any hardware, and if they don't then stay away from their products.

if the price is an issue for you, then a 64MB card with faster ram might be a more sensible idea.

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