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should nvidia make there vram expandable ?

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    Amazing idea i would buy a nvidia card with this!
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    Stupid idea something else to go wrong
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post #1 of 25
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When I got my 580s and my 30" monitor@ 2560x1600 I put on metro, and turned up AA and my computer seemed like it froze... but it didn't it was Jus lagging due to lack of vram , I was pretty annoyed at first because I thought I would be ok @ this Rez. And I'm not going to sell my cards at a loss to buy 3gb palit or gainward 580s which are hard to find anyway , I just wish they made the vram expendable, hell they could design they own port with special interface so we had to buy nvidia ram at a premium price instead of buying a whole video card to get more ram.


I just play my games with AA off at 2560x1600 games look amazing anyway
Edited by Qu1ckset - 3/20/11 at 9:57am
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Originally Posted by Qu1ckset View Post
When I got my 580s and my 30" monitor@ 2560x1600 I put on metro, and turned up AA and my computer seemed like it froze... but it didn't it was Jus lagging due to lack of vram , I was pretty annoyed at first because I thought I would be ok @ this Rez. And I'm not going to sell my cards at a loss to buy 3gb palit or gainward 580s which are hard to find anyway , I just wish they made the vram expendable, hello they could design they own port with special interface so we had to buy nvidia ram at a premium price instead of buying a whole video card to get more ram.


I just play my games with AA off at 2560x1600 games look amazing anyway
I laughed so hard...
post #3 of 25
I agree, that would definitely be way cool. Think of it from their perspective though, they can be pretty certain that someone in your situation *would* just go buy a whole new card just to be able to play at high resolutions.
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I agree, that would definitely be way cool. Think of it from their perspective though, they can be pretty certain that someone in your situation *would* just go buy a whole new card just to be able to play at high resolutions.
I can play at high rez and max everything out as long AA is turned off, once its on (Metro/Crysis) game becomes laggy and unplayable
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I can play at high rez and max everything out as long AA is turned off, once its on (Metro/Crysis) game becomes laggy and unplayable
But most guys with the capital to even afford two 580s would be pissed if they couldn't max everything, including AA.
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post #6 of 25
Shoulda bought a 6970/50. They handle high resolution much better.

As for your idea, hell no. Why would anybody ever waste money on (as you put it) "premium" priced ram for video cards?....just plain stupid.
Edited by CovertCover - 3/20/11 at 11:00am
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Shoulda bought a 6970/50. They handle high resolution much better.

As for your idea, hell no. Why would anybody ever waste money on (as you put it) "premium" priced ram for video cards?....just plain stupid.
Well I think Intel/ nvida would do that at first till the after market stuff would hit the scene. I'm not saying Intel / nvidia should do that , but if they did they prolly would do that
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Well I think Intel/ nvida would do that at first till the after market stuff would hit the scene. I'm not saying Intel / nvidia should do that , but if they did they prolly would do that
I mean, it's just not a cost effective way by any means. It would just add to the cost of the cards if they were to make expandable memory. R&D for the expansion slot, and for the memory itself. Then you have to add in the fact that adding a new connector / bus would lower the maximum bandwith throughput. Then you factor in an extra $100-200 for the memory itself...
(GDDR5 being significantly more expensive than DDR2/3. )

It just makes it not worth the money, when you could just get a single 2GB card and bet set for a while.
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post #9 of 25
Actually I had a graphics card MANY years ago that did indeed have a slot for adding more VRAM to it

it was a Diamond Stealth 2000 (I think, i remember it was a Diamond Stealth) and it had 2mb of vram expandable to 4mb via a slot on the card

I think the issue is by the time you ponied up for the extra ram you'd be looking at a new graphics card anyways...
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I mean, it's just not a cost effective way by any means. It would just add to the cost of the cards if they were to make expandable memory. R&D for the expansion slot, and for the memory itself. Then you have to add in the fact that adding a new connector / bus would lower the maximum bandwith throughput. Then you factor in an extra $100-200 for the memory itself...
(GDDR5 being significantly more expensive than DDR2/3. )

It just makes it not worth the money, when you could just get a single 2GB card and bet set for a while.
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I think the issue is by the time you ponied up for the extra ram you'd be looking at a new graphics card anyways...
Agreed on both accounts.

Your idea is not a bad one, but just the fact that GPU technology and even RAM technologies move way too fast for this to be feasible. The average life cycle of a GPU family is anywhere from 1-2 years, taking into account refresh cycles. By the time a platform technology is developed that would even allow this to happen, it would most likely be obsolete as we transition into the following generation.

But I understand your sentiments. My cards are barely 3 months old, and I'm already in line to step them up to your cards for that little bit of extra horsepower for Surround. I come to find out that same day I enlisted that EVGA is planning on releasing 3GB cards, lol. Such is life. I say be happy with what you've got (as you've got a beastly rig as is) and look forward to a true successor in the next generation.
     
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