Final Debate of the PCI Video Cards

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  1. ChampionSpellor

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    I'm looking to buy a new PCI video card for my new Dell Dimension 3000 (3 Ghz P4 / 512 RAM) because I plan on running dual monitors and want to play games once in a while. I have been researching about the best PCI video card out there and it's come down to two: Chaintech GeForce FX5200 and the Jaton GeForce FX5700LE.

    Chaintech GeForce FX5200 [click]
    Pros
    - 256mb of onboard ram, great reviews on newegg, $96 shipped, verified as 128 bit

    Cons-
    only has 2 pixel pipelines, memory speed is 332MHz


    Jaton GeForce FX5700LE [click]

    Pros-
    4 pixel pipeline, ram speed is 400MHz,

    Cons
    - is 64bit, only 128mb of ram, $103 shipped


    So who wins between a 128 bit memory width with a 2 pixel pipeline card and a 64bit w/a 4 pixel pipeline card? I have no idea how I should choose between the two, please help


    another place for reference- http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=875004
     
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  2. adam17

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    5700LE

    it has 4 pixel pipelines (only 2 will put a cap on performance)
    faster ram
    even though it has less ram, moving 256mb of information across that pci bus is gonna get slow. the extra pipelines will make up for it.
    64 bit HAS to be a typo, no video card runs 64bit graphics anymore
     
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    "Of the boards with widths I could verify, there was one thing they had in common: with this kind of video RAM, the boards with four RAM chips were 64 bits wide and the ones with eight RAM chips were 128 bits wide. There may be some exceptions but I couldn't find any. As a result, it looks like there are no 128 bit wide 5700LEs unless you get a 256MB model." - taken from here

    So is the 128 bit 5200 better than the 64 bit 5700le?
     

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