by January 2, 1999 0 comments

More than the speed of your processor,
more than the amount of RAM you have, you will feel the impact of the type of display or
the video card you have on your PC.

Why? If you have waited for those
torturous screen redraws to be completed, or have tried to play 3D games, you already know
what we’re talking about.

Video RAM for
different resolutions and color depths

(8-bit)

(16-bit)

(24-bit )

640×480

512 kB 1 MB

1 MB

800×600

512 kB 1 MB

2 MB

1,024×768

1 MB 2 MB

4 MB

1,152×1,024

2 MB 2 MB

4 MB

1,280×1,024

2 MB 4 MB

4 MB

1,600×1,200

2 MB 4 MB

6 MB

Source: www.pcwebopaedia.com

Display quality on your monitor
is determined by two factors–screen resolution and color depth. The higher the
resolution, the sharper the image, and the more the screen area you have to work on.
Similarly, more the color depth, richer the graphics that are displayed. There’s a
limit to the maximum resolution any monitor can display. For a given monitor, the maximum
number of colors that can be displayed and the maximum color depth possible are inversely
related to each other, and are dependant on the amount of video RAM on your graphics card.
That is, for a given amount of graphics RAM, the higher the color depth you choose, the
lower the resolution you get.

display.jpg (13735 bytes)Frankly, we
would not recommend a 1 MB card or even a 2 MB one to anyone on Windows. The minimum you
should have is 4 MB. The difference you would experience is tremendous. Serious gamers and
those working with graphics or CAD should seriously consider 8 MB.

If you are into 3D gaming, get at
least 8 MB of video RAM. Or better still, get a 3D card which will give you faster, more
realistic effects.

Again, when you go out to purchase a
video card, you will come across two choices–PCI or AGP. AGP is supposed to give you
faster graphics throughput than PCI. But the jury still seems to be out on that.

Display card RAM Interface Price (Rs)
Goldkist (S3Virge) 4 MB PCI 1,250

Intel i740

8 MB

AGP

4,500

Matrox Millenium II

4 MB

AGP

9,000

Matrox Productiva G100

4 MB

AGP

4,700

Matrox Productiva G100

8 MB

AGP

5,800

Matrox Productiva G200

8 MB

AGP

9,000

Creative Extreme

4 MB

AGP

3,000

Genova V-Rapture 3D

4 MB

AGP

4,000

Diamond Fire GL 1000Pro 8 MB

AGP

11,000

Diamond Viper V330 4 MB AGP 6,000
Diamond Viper V330 8 MB AGP 8,500

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