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Thread: 1gb vs 2gb video card RAM

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    Default 1gb vs 2gb video card RAM

    Hi all, excuse me if this is the wrong place or could be found elsewhere.
    I am wondering about the memory variances of the 1, 1.5 and 2gb video cards. I am assuming the benchmarks are of the 1gb versions. What improvement should be expected from the extra memory?

    For example, the GTX 550 has a 2gb version. Would that be comparable to say a GTX 460? Or, is it the same benchmarks but with less stress on the card/cpu?

    Thanks
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    The benchmark doesn't use a huge amount of video RAM. So performance in similar with 512MB - 2GB.

    Some games might benefit slightly from > 1GB RAM if you are running at very high video resolutions. (Beyond 1920x1080)

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    Thanks.

    So what is the purpose of the extra ram if it is only slightly useful at higher resolutions? I realize I asked based on the benchmarks, but I guess a real world practical answer, is what I was going for.

    Why add two or three times the ram, if it is only a slight increase in performance?

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    A lot of it is just marketing to take advantage of people.
    2GB sounds twice as good as 1GB to the uninformed consumer.

    This might change in another few years with increasing monitor resolution and bigger more advanced games. So 2GB is slightly more future proof. But any video card you buy now will seem old in a few years regardless of if you have 1GB or 2GB of RAM.

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    Got it. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David (PassMark) View Post
    A lot of it is just marketing to take advantage of people.
    2GB sounds twice as good as 1GB to the uninformed consumer.

    This might change in another few years with increasing monitor resolution and bigger more advanced games. So 2GB is slightly more future proof. But any video card you buy now will seem old in a few years regardless of if you have 1GB or 2GB of RAM.
    If it is only a marketing gimmick to fool people, why do they do it so....exaggerately, pixelview has a very low end video card that boasts 4GB, is it only eyecandy? I think there must be someting in it, what's the use of putting useless gigantic extra bytes?

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    why do they do it....
    It is probably slower cheaper RAM as well.
    They do it sell video cards to people who don't know any better. I think you are working on the false assumption that doing what is best for the consumer is more important than profit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David (PassMark) View Post
    It is probably slower cheaper RAM as well.
    They do it sell video cards to people who don't know any better. I think you are working on the false assumption that doing what is best for the consumer is more important than profit.
    No, I realize that the religion and first priority of any manufacturer is to make as much profit as possible, but doesn't put more useless RAM bring more cost than more profit?

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    Not when people are prepared to pay more and select one product over another based on perceived benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David (PassMark) View Post
    Not when people are prepared to pay more and select one product over another based on perceived benefit.
    From the baseline, Geforce GT 630 gets unbelievable points of 520 (5x higher than Radeon HD 6950 and Geforce GTX 680) for graphics 2D - windows interface

    And in graphics 2D -simple vectors, intel hd graphics 4000 surpass the two heavyweights by wide margins, how can the two flyweights outpoint the two super heavyweights?

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