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Old 21-08-07, 12:17 PM
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Gainward introduces NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 1024MB

Gainward introduces NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 1024MB

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Old 21-08-07, 12:19 PM
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Are these High memories really needed yet? =/ just seems a gimicky way to get people to spend abit more lol unless somone has an insane rez?
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Old 21-08-07, 02:17 PM
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Yeah, the memory isnt really needed for highres..
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Old 21-08-07, 03:08 PM
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32 bit 1650x1080 /8 = 71,280,000 bytes per screen. And games should use 3 screens for rendering. ~ 203m.

U "should" render screens whilst they`re not being displayed, so that draws aren`t visible to the user. U draw the view off-screen then point the vision to it`s location once it`s all done. The third is blanked as one is drawn.

Many engines use different variations of this tho.

Also a "screen" as initially described isn`t necessarily the size of the viewing window. 1 of them may well be, but the remaining ones possibly not.

U can see where a 256m card can struggle @ 1650x1080. But variants of this system will adopt system memory to do the bank switching and stuff, this can slow things down somewhat.

Some engines could very well get away with using 2 screens in video memory, but then u have to think of the textures`n`stuff - the more the gfxcard can keep in it`s memory and not dip into the system, the faster the end result. (actually these days I guess it doesn`t take too long to blank 70m or so)

I can see the need for a gig, sorry GiB (freakin idiots), of memory. What if u want over 1650x1080 ?
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Old 21-08-07, 03:12 PM
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but surely if you are going to that size you will get an 8800
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Old 21-08-07, 03:15 PM
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I dunno, I mean u have to weigh up alot of factors and judging from the link it`s only ddr2 memory - which I find bizarre in itself, but maybe that keeps the whole cost down.

These may stay at the price the present 8600`s drop from.
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Old 22-08-07, 04:49 AM
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Honestly this much slow memory on a midrange card is completely useless. The memory bandwidth alone cant handle it so its like putting 512mb of ram on a 6600GT or a 6200 with turbo cache. Pointless.
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Old 22-08-07, 09:28 PM
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Well XFX asked me if I wanted to review one and I said I would but I wasn't sure how much gain (if any) you would get from the extra memory

didn't get a reply to it surprisingly
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Old 23-08-07, 10:19 AM
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its does seem like a waste to me as well putting that much ram on an 8600. more a tick in the box really. we have one as well
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