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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I wanted to know is that is it overall better to have a video card that has higher clock speed and higher OpenGL etc or is it overall better to have more ram and little slower speed and older OpenGL etc?

Basicly I' am interested in these two types or cards. One is GeForce GT 610 512mb DDR3 and other is Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3. I only want to compair these two cards and want to know out of the two which is the best for gaming? I know they aren't high end but I just want to know out of these two cards which is overall going to be better.


Thanks
post #2 of 19
What resolution?
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well my current screen can go upto 1280x1024 but does having more memory mean that I can have the res set higher? Meaning if it isn't that high res having only 512mb is enough? I' am just assuming though.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
I thought having more memory helps the gaming performance also even in lower res or around 1024x768 or so. Like maybe it helps to get more details or FPS.
post #5 of 19
You'd be far better off buying a used GTX460 or HD6950 level card on ebay. Far, far, far better off. Or if you're near a Microcenter, watch the open box items. I got a GTX560 Ti for $139 at my MC.

A 610 is next to useless IMO, I'd rather buy a good used card.
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post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well I can't really get a nice card since I only have PCI-E X1. I' am looking at Newegg.com and seeing all of the PCI-E X1 and the ones that are affordable that are around $60 are the two I' am talking about. According to specs the GeForce GT 610 512 is the faster clock speed and highest OpenGL. The other one just has more ram and slower speed and OpenGL.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
There is a card that is $99 now and it's the Radeon HD 6450 and has 2GB ram but it is still slower clock speed compaired to the GeForce GT 610 512mb.

That's why I was wondering if it's better to have more ram or more speed.
post #8 of 19
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So which is it better to have more ram or more clock speed and OpenGL version? Or was I right that you only need more ram if you are going to play games in high res like on bigger screens?
post #9 of 19
What board has only a X1 slot?
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post #10 of 19
You CANNOT compare cards based on clock speeds, even if it is from the same GPU-manufacturer (AMD/Nvidia). You must look for how the cards handles games and benchmarks.

Edit:
And more vram isn't necessary better thumb.gif Again, look at the performance, rather than the specs.
Edited by Hattifnatten - 1/9/13 at 5:30am
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