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[LR] ECS GeForce 8800 GT Video Card Review - N8800GT-256MX

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ECS 8800 GT 256MB

It is only after you look at the memory configuration does it finally strike you, this card is a 256MB card by name (and BIOS) only! Yep, this card comes packed with 512MB of memory, half of which is disabled in the shipping BIOS. It just so happens that we have a copy of a 512MB BIOS that we can flash to the card and unlock the full potential!


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why. i just dont understand stupidity
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WTH?? I don't understand. Why would a company disable half the freakin' memory in the BIOS if it worked/?
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cuz then they can sell a 512 version for more $ with out having to make 2 different cards.
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Could it also be that the card's ram gave errors, so they just disabled 1/2 of it to salvage the card?
edit: NM, they disabled half the ram in an effort to sell the card below NVIDIA's recommended bottom line price. ECS then offers a bios upgrade to enable the remaining memory.
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Originally Posted by ericeod View Post
Could it also be that the card's ram gave errors, so they just disabled 1/2 of it to salvage the card?
edit: NM, they disabled half the ram in an effort to sell the card below NVIDIA's recommended bottom line price. ECS then offers a bios upgrade to enable the remaining memory.
That's really nice of them
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Sly, sly devils!

Wonder if Nvidia will really call them out for that though....
    
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That's weird, but kind of cool I guess...
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