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can't wait until video cards come standard with 8GB frame buffer on 16nm FF process...hopefully not on GDDR5 by then
     
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I love the idea of 8gb of vram. It makes a lot of sense if you are considering quad xfire. Nothing worse than 4 cores getting choked on 4gb of vram.

But for a SINGLE card setup I really don't see much of point considering that this card's core could not handle 8gb of vram alone.
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Last and only card I can think of Sapphire doing this with (and perhaps AMD allowing them to do it) was the 2GB Eyefinity 6 Edition of the 5870. It was rumored they were going to do it for the 6xxx and 7xxx series but I don't believe it ever came to fruition. It would be nice to see anyone do this again though... especially with the tremendous difference in power from the 5870 to the R9 290 series.

For some reason Sapphire seems to not like Displayports. If I would speculate I would say that they have been trying to push their "FleX" stuff instead which is not as good as running everything from DP (bcos FleX still gets screen tearing if running more than 3 screens). There are other firms that have done Eyefinity 6 cards in 7xxx series though, for example Club3D, Powercolor and Vx something 7870 eyefinity 6 card, XFX and some other firm doing 6770 and 5770 Eyefinity 5 cards, etc. Unfortunately no high end cards with all display-ports - there might be indeed perhaps some kind of restriction from AMD side in this regard to make sure that if one needs proper oomph with 6 displayports then he goes for FirePro which is entirely another price ballpark than consumer cards. Last gen there was a photo from China circulated with 7950 with 6x mDP but unfortunately it remained vaporware as far as I'm aware. The highest end cards with more than usual displayports have been traditionally Asus DCUII and MSI Lighting series, however, this generation this seems to be no longer so (looking at MSI Lighting 290 in here in particular).
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I don't know much of anything about VRAM other than it's purpose, however I must ask,

Will the 290x be able to effectively use all 8GB of VRAM. For example, the 680/770s never handled anything above 2GB well.

Thought I'd ask. I realize I'm comparing apples to, well, greener apples.
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I don't know much of anything about VRAM other than it's purpose, however I must ask,

Will the 290x be able to effectively use all 8GB of VRAM. For example, the 680/770s never handled anything above 2GB well.

Thought I'd ask. I realize I'm comparing apples to, well, greener apples.

You'd need quad crossfireX 290x and high resolutions to try and utilize 8gb of vram
    
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I don't know much of anything about VRAM other than it's purpose, however I must ask,

Will the 290x be able to effectively use all 8GB of VRAM. For example, the 680/770s never handled anything above 2GB well.

Thought I'd ask. I realize I'm comparing apples to, well, greener apples.

Depends on what you are doing. I believe there is possible to find scenarios where you can use all that 8 GB. Perhaps some BOINC project or doing something with very high AA levels even with single card. Granted 8 GB is a lot of vRAM.
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I can't see anyway to use 8GB of VRAM... There is no way that a rig (even the most high end) can use 8GB of VRAM without running out of processing power. Neither the CPU nor 4x GPU would give enough power to work any kind of load before hitting that...

EDIT: Imagine running PS2 with a 32,000 x 32,000 texture mod. Your system couldn't do it, and might only hit 6GB
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Honestly I think the main purpose in mind with offering the 8GB of VRAM is for running a Crossfire setup... but as others have said it's only practical if you're going with a 3 or 4 card setup... I tend to run HWinfo in the background while I fold and game to keep an eye on temps, voltage, core and memory usage etc. during my normal usage routine (usually folding when I'm not on gaming) I've not seen my 780 go above using anymore than about 1.3-1.4GB, and even when I had my crossfire 7950s I still can't ever recall it going above 1.8GB usage even on Skyrim with 16 mods and the eye candy cranked. 8GB just seems like complete overkill unless you run 3 or 4 cards and a 4K or multiple 1440p monitors.
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8GB just seems like complete overkill unless you run 3 or 4 cards and a 4K or multiple 1440p monitors.

Still overkill. Higher resolutions doesn't mean higher VRAM usage. VRAM will only go up if there are more textures, or higher resolution textures. I could go to triple monitor and still stay below 3GB with my Skyrim. People always forget that.
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Still overkill. Higher resolutions doesn't mean higher VRAM usage. VRAM will only go up if there are more textures, or higher resolution textures. I could go to triple monitor and still stay below 3GB with my Skyrim. People always forget that.

That's Skyrim. That engine was already dated at release and paired with DX9 it was joke.

As soon as you add tessellation heavy games : Crysis 3, Total War engine ... You can hit 3-4GB+ of sequential textures. 8GB is overkill but great for games like these.
 
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