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Memory has far outpaced GPUs in therms of raw numbers.
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The G92 cards are much more commonly bottlenecked by the GPU than by their ~2GHz equivalent 256-bit GDDR3.

16 ROPs really holds back the kind of AA you can do at higher resolutions, and even the prime strength of such cards, the 128 highly clocked shaders, are a major limiting factor when it comes to games that make heavy use of shaows and dynamic lighting. Global illumination can provide amazing image quality/gameplay benifits, but no card out there has the shader power to do it at a decent pace.

Memory does need to keep pace, and GDDR5 will help, but by itself, it's not going to do much.
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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.
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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.
Why would you compare stock memory speeds with overclocked cpu frequencies? I'm just a little confused about that.


6GHZ Freq memory

Now THAT has high resolution monitor written ALL OVER IT.

If it was really worth it I'd shell out the extra cash for some GDDR5 GPUs.
    
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Also, frequency means nothing. CPUs have increased in speed by A LOT more than that because the improved architectures allow programs to execute in less clock cycles.
    
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