[QUOTE=coolcolors;2513000]Again where going away from the topic at hand and comparing Apples to Oranges again. Comparison should be of equal equipment and comparing something new to something old doesn’t do either product any service. Being cheaper does come with a hit as well so price does matter want performance you will have to spend more.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=coolcolors;2513003]That memory will depend is it DDR2 or DDR3 or something newer that the GPU takes more advantages and less bottle neck. Also what type of thread and pipe lines the GPU have I think will have a affect on performance and rendering. But memory by itself isn’t the only thing to consider what type of memory that is would be more something one would consider. But having more couldn’t hurt boost performance but if it is more memory and DDR3 or higher that boost GPU performance and rendering.[/QUOTE]
Again, I agree that the comparison is between apples and oranges. The high-end GeForce GTX 2xx series GPUs, being older designs, still use GDDR3 memory while the newer Radeon HD 5xxx series at the upper end use GDDR5 memory.
Of course, price does not always matter. Just being astronomically expensive does not guarantee good performance. In fact, the most expensive GPU can actually be slower than an upper-midrange GPU for everyday applications.
And the HD 5xxx series are (abnormally) slow at 2D apps, such as Windows itself and 2D productivity apps, because of a bug in most of the existing driver versions for that series of GPUs. Until AMD officially patches this, I would not recommend any of that series of GPUs for all-around use.