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I figure the major companies would lose some serious money over this, but do you suppose they will ever come out with a setup where you can upgrade just your gpu on the same board, or have memory slots to add more along the way? I could see it to where you could adjust the voltages tremendously. Kind of like buying a good motherboard for overclocking, and then buildind the components around it. What do yuo think, or is there already something out there like this?
    
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I don't believe anything is out there, and i kinda doubt that it will come out, but it is a good idea (for consumers... not companies)

companies will make more $$$ if they make you buy a whole new Video card.
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Well, I think I understand what you are trying to say, but why? Things would look older and older all the time, and then it would prob get harder for people with no knowledge of tech-world lol
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I don't believe anything is out there, and i kinda doubt that it will come out, but it is a good idea (for consumers... not companies)

companies will make more $$$ if they make you buy a whole new Video card.
agreed, but, something like this could take away and thrive in the enthusiast side of the market. Hmmm, wish I was a genius, could try it out.
    
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lol. Maybe once i graduate, and hopefully get a job w/ ATI/AMD i may be able to suggest this..... lol, that is if that happens.
I would attribute the idea to you of course (if i even get the job and remember to suggest it).
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You mean like make your 256MB GPU have 512MB? I don't think that'll be easy because the ram is part of the board, so it'll be like upgrading your southbridge on a motherboard, it couldn't be done at home, and lawsuits would follow if people got hurt, doing it themselves. So, my answer would be: I don't think that'll ever happen.

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post #7 of 19
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I'm sure someone has tried already. Think of the configurations though... quad core numerically dedicated cpu for a gpu? with some newer ddr3 or ddr4 1.5Ghz speed ram... mmmmmmmmm(4gb of it too...)
    
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You mean like make your 256MB GPU have 512MB? I don't think that'll be easy because the ram is part of the board, so it'll be like upgrading your southbridge, it couldn't be done at home, and lawsuits would follow. So, my answer would be: I don't think that'll ever happen.

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The point is having an upgradable board. Like having dimm slots for upgrading memory, and a socket to allocta for gpu change out. I didn't mean soldering new stuff on, lol. Hope that clarifies it enough.
    
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I know that you meant something different than now but it'll be like having ram sticks on your GPU... which would mess with cooling, so, I guess you could have it and it is possible but it'd be more profitable for companies to have an XT verison with 256MB Ram, 550MHz core, 850MHz Ram and an XTX verison with 512MB Ram, 625MHz Core, and 950MHz Ram. If you know what I mean. After all, the computer industry, is an industry, money is everything.

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It used to be like that. I have a few 20 year old VESA cards with removable memory modules....Just a few K, of course. I've never seen one with a removable GPU tho.
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