Video Card Benchmarking

As I watch all this mass hysteria over the new Nvidia and ATI video cards, and the 15 news posts that come with each new rumor, I can't help but to question something.

We buy very expensive fancy video cards so that we can run the latest and greatest in gaming at maximum resolutions and full eye candy.

So why is it that we base the very purchase of our video cards on their performance in a benchmark at low resolution and absolutely no eye candy….

I see these benchmarks for the new 8800GT. “Amazing!”, cry the comments, “It is as fast as the 8800Ultra!”. Well isn't that something.

What they fail to realize is that these benchmarks are done at 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024 with no eye candy. Here the differences in the memory bus, size, and speed is not evident.

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