Originally Posted by joemaniaci
All I want to say is this, the 9800gx2 should have had 1.5 gigs of shared memory using one 512 memory controller, what a difference it would have made, especially with better memory. Remember how people were talking about how CPU's were going to reach a maximum speed, well I am starting to think ram is actually going to bring everything to a halt is they don't figure something else out.
people've been saying that for a while
in 1996 we had 133mhz sd RAM and 266mhz CPUs.
in 2001 we had 266mhz DDR RAM and 1.2Ghz CPUs with higher efficiency per clock
in 2006 we had 1.1Ghz DDR2 RAM on a twice as wide bus and Core duo which could do 3Ghz at increased performance/clock and with two cores... ~800% increase in memory performance for as much as a 600% increase in CPU performance since 2001
in 2008 we have 1.8GHz DDR3 and 4Ghz core 2 quads, as much as a 88% increase in CPU performance and a near linear increase in memory performance
if anything, CPUs seem to be slowing faster than RAM since this multi core BS doesn't scale perfectly.