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marok Guest

Hey everyone I plan on getting a 128 bit video card. so I was wondering dose anyone have a picture comparison of what a 128 bit would look like compaired to a 16 bit?

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RadarMan Chief Captain

The ATI RADEON 9800 Pro is my card and unlike the 16mb you have to connect this to the power supply because it has it's own fan.

http://geekspeak.org/articles/4/ 128mb

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marok Guest

RadarMan wrote:

The ATI RADEON 9800 Pro is my card and unlike the 16mb you have to connect this to the power supply because it has it's own fan.

http://geekspeak.org/articles/4/ 128mb

Radar

sorry I didnt make myself that clear Embarassed what I was trying to say is, is there a picture compairson like graphics wise like what would the diffrence be when I looked at it on the moniter, sorry about that.

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RadarMan Chief Captain

I doubt it.
They were years apart so they wouldn't have been compared like a 128 against a 256 would and then It's usually just shown as AA and AF settings differences.

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marok Guest

OK as of now my comp runs on onboard video so its the same as a 16 bit video card, can someone give me a screenshot of flight simulator with a 128 bit video card? I just want to see what the change would be if I used a 128 bit video card.

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wscott52 Trainee

marok wrote:

Hey everyone I plan on getting a 128 bit video card. so I was wondering dose anyone have a picture comparison of what a 128 bit would look like compaired to a 16 bit?

thanks
bb

If you're not confusing bit with megabyte I'm not sure what you are talking about. If you mean a 16Mb compared to a 128Mb card you are not going to see much if any difference in a still picture. What a more powerful video card does for you is draw pictures faster, with greater detail than cheaper cards. This is the reason you will get higher frame rates in FS2004 and first person shooters where there is a lot of motion. What you really want to do is fly the same route of some complex scener y, like New York, with display set to Ultra High and framerate unlocked with different video cards and see what framerates you get. In your case you could do it with the onboard video first and then with your new card to see what your actual gain is.

Edit: I should add that the speed with which your card will draw images is more affected by the video chip, or GPU, than by amount of memory on the card above a certain amount. The chip on your motherboard video is probably no where near as powerful as that found on any current 128Mb video card.

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RadarMan Chief Captain

marok wrote:

OK as of now my comp runs on onboard video so its the same as a 16 bit video card, can someone give me a screenshot of flight simulator with a 128 bit video card? I just want to see what the change would be if I used a 128 bit video card.

These were made with my 128mb card.

https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/15209/eaglesoft-cessna-citation-x/

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wscott52 Trainee

RadarMan wrote:

These were made with my 128mb card.

https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/15209/eaglesoft-cessna-citation-x/

Radar

Nice pictures. What are your display settings and framerates with those stills?

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Quite close to the suggestions that they have here. I have 4X and 16X but because my machine is older the FPS stays fairly low in graphic intensive areas.

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Michael_H First Officer

f you're not confusing bit with megabyte I'm not sure what you are talking about. If you mean a 16Mb compared to a 128Mb card you are not going to see much if any difference in a still picture. What a more powerful video card does for you is draw pictures faster, with greater detail than cheaper cards. This is the reason you will get higher frame rates in FS2004 and first person shooters where there is a lot of motion. What you really want to do is fly the same route of some complex scener y, like New York, with display set to Ultra High and framerate unlocked with different video cards and see what framerates you get. In your case you could do it with the onboard video first and then with your new card to see what your actual gain is.

Edit: I should add that the speed with which your card will draw images is more affected by the video chip, or GPU, than by amount of memory on the card above a certain amount. The chip on your motherboard video is probably no where near as powerful as that found on any current 128Mb video card.

Well said wscott52.
Just to add.
sixteen bit refers to the amount of colors capable of being displayed when referring to a video card. 16 bit = 65500 colors.

besides the video card, FS9 performance depends on your CPU speed, and system memory (RAM) as well.

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wscott52 Trainee

Michael_H wrote:

Well said wscott52.
Just to add.
sixteen bit refers to the amount of colors capable of being displayed when referring to a video card. 16 bit = 65500 colors.

Yeah, and 32 bit color is 65 million colors. I don't think that's what he's referring to. I don't think he's talking about a 128 bit memory bus either. He's got an onboard graphics card with an old computer. So I'm guessing he's using bit interchangeable with Mb. I could be wrong, it happens every once in a while but not as much as my wife seems to think.

Guest Ed Guest

I think that "128 bit" refers to the width of the memory interface. I've been shopping video cards recently, and besides the processor speed and memory size, they also rate the memory interface size. For instance, the GeForce 6600 typically has a 128 bit memory interface, but the GeForce 7900GT has a 256 bit memory interface.

I suppose a wider memory path would allow the card to run faster, all else being equal. I don't think it makes the picture look any better, it just makes fun faster so you can turn up the effects that make it look better.

But then, I might be totally full of **it. I often am. 😉

Ed

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