Originally Posted by $till LegendaryU2K
Why can't we just stick to the topic and not bash pci?
PCI is obviously still alive, and all because you folks might not be into it, there are still lots of people who are. Visiontek and BFG Told me the PCI market is still strong and they might look into making new ones, so you know if you nothing nice to say , just don't bother posting.
All i know, after looking at this new info about more pci cards coming out, buying a new PC is on hold for a while, its PCI for a long time for me.
Thanks Albatron for caring
Oh and btw, 1GB of memory from what i understand is this:
" So if your DDR memory clock is 500MHz, the effective clock speed is 1000MHz "
Its GDDR3 tho, either way this is awesome for PCI gaming!
I don't even know why I'm even going to try. Here it goes:
PCI is a great interface for non-high bandwidth devices. such as networking cards, sound cards, tv tuners, etc. Video cards on the other hand need alot of bandwidth to communicate w/ the CPU optimally. Frankly the 8500GT as far as a pci-e card is really weak. As a PCI offering it's probably a better card than most, but probably maxing out it's(PCI's) bandwidth...
The PCI GPU market is still strong because alot of people w/ older computers want to play bejweled or w/e and need some sort of 3d acc. card. OEMs for a long time(and still somewhat often today) only offer PCI expansion slots on their motherboards. thus limiting those users to a PCI-based GPU. There's no doubt many many people out there just not willing to fork out the cash on a new system just to play an extremely simple game, whilst to them, everything else works dandy.
You've spent more money on PCI GPUs combined that what it would have cost to replace your entire rig w/ a computer that would FAR out perform it, and have an upgrade path for the future. It boggles my mind as to why one would stay w/ old technology, that they have to continually invest decent sums of money into, for only miniscule increases in performance. On the other hand I could understand the situation if it were a car and parts merely needed to be replaced, and in doing so bought a minor upgrade.
1Gb of GDDR3 on a 256-bit interface cannot be utilized properly on an enthusiast level GPU, yet alone a budget/entry-level GPU. The 1GB of RAM here is merely for marketing. 256MB or 512MB would be the max, and even then the core probably couldn't process the data fast enough to make any efficient use of it.
Yes, 500MHz DDR is 1GHz. 500MHz GDDR3 is also 1GHz.
As far as PCI gaming goes, it's probably already maxing out the bandwidth of the entire PCI bus so this would probably be the top-end for PCI.
and on a final note!
I'm not trying to flame you(or the PCI bus), just trying to give ya the truth, as many others before have tried. Edited by DesertRat - 6/16/08 at 12:40am