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So its obviously easy to add more ram to a graphics card, but what does it take for the card manufacturer to increase the bit size, ie:256 to 384 or 512? Is this restructring of the graphic core (G92) and is up to Nvidia?

Kinda sad that Nvidia doesnt make another flawless card like 8800GT, for its price point its nearly perfect except for the cooling.

For $500-$600 we should already have a 1gig/512bit card, which should of been the 9800GTX and 2gig/1000bit GX2 for $600-$700.
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If a person were shopping and they saw a 512meg version, and a 2gig version of the same card at pretty much the same price, which do you think they would buy?

I would too, don't see any big reasons not too.
    
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post #43 of 86
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If a person were shopping and they saw a 512meg version, and a 2gig version of the same card at pretty much the same price, which do you think they would buy?

I would too, don't see any big reasons not too.
4 times the memory means your 4 times more likely to get DIMMs on your card that don't OC very well.

Overclockings always been about chance and probability. Why tip the odds against yourself?
    
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Your grammar hurts my brain.
I think he's trying to say that when a video card is installed all you can see is the back of it. (Ugly pcb) If it were flipped you could see the cooler instead.

I agree 100%
    
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post #45 of 86
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5 years ago, those 256mb cards borrowed 224mb from system memory, and had 32mb onboard. It is NOT because of the way nVidia packaged their cards. The bus bandwidth is first in line for bottlenecks, frequency cannot change that.

Allocation has nothing to do with it. Its how fast memory can transport data in and out of the 2GB of memory. Even more specifically, its how large of a load can be carried in and out of memory at one time. If your memory is in use in gaming, the bus will be transporting memory in and out so fast with such a small bus that your memory capacities will never exceed about 512mb, unless of course the memory is actually being stored as cache for later use in real time, which doesn't happen in today's games. In fact, until Vista, it hardly happened with software.

The only way memory could truly be a bottleneck is if you have a 1024Mbit bus on 1024Mb or lower of memory.

I don't believe vista is going to tell the gpu how to handle it's memory. so if the card itself was designed to use excess memory as a cache wouldn't the card be able to do this on it's own.


here is another question for you though to play devils advocate. if a 256bit bus can only really use 512mb of ram does that mean my computer can only really use 256mb in dual channel or 128mb of ram in single channel?
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I don't believe vista is going to tell the gpu how to handle it's memory. so if the card itself was designed to use excess memory as a cache wouldn't the card be able to do this on it's own.


here is another question for you though to play devils advocate. if a 256bit bus can only really use 512mb of ram does that mean my computer can only really use 256mb in dual channel or 128mb of ram in single channel?
I think it's been stated clearly, that the bus size does not matter to how much RAM you have installed, be it GDDR or DDR.
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It´s ridiculous!,it won´t make any difference we all know that,512 is the optimum memory that a gt can get with it´s 256-bit bus i think it´ll be nothing i remember when i checked the 1 gb 8800gt from asus compared to the 512mb it was the same card.
 
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It´s ridiculous!,it won´t make any difference we all know that,512 is the optimum memory that a gt can get with it´s 256-bit bus i think it´ll be nothing i remember when i checked the 1 gb 8800gt from asus compared to the 512mb it was the same card.
It makes a difference in rendering...
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So has anyone found a price on this thing?
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I think it's been stated clearly, that the bus size does not matter to how much RAM you have installed, be it GDDR or DDR.
I don't believe you fully understand the question. read his post then read mine. you might see some relevance there as to what I asked
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