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PowerColor Launches World's First 2GB Frame Buffer Graphics Card for PCS HD 4850

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will this 2 gb be used?
 
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I think that the picture on the video card box should be a monster! Almost like a Nightmare type from Soul Calibur series. I just hope that cooler can handle that chip! :toast:
 
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You remind me of... "Why would you need 16mb on your TNT 2 card?"

With todays resolutions games finally have a chance to come a step closer to 'real'
 

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Any price guides wizzard or benchmark comparisons?
 

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Anyone with a 30" LCD might want one. NVM, anyone with a 30" LCD probably wants a 4870x2 - like me :p
 

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2gb for me is a bit overkill. The 512mb will last quite a while IMO.
 
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The only way I can see someone getting a 2gb version is if their on a budget, and this card is cheap, for rendering and so forth.. Other then that, its E-peni3-1337-ftw-itis
 
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I'd imagine there's some future for this configuration in the workstation market (when the appropriate Fire version comes out) -- those cards usually need huge amounts of RAM.
 

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#10
I think having 2Gb's worth of GPU ram is a bit of a no brainer to the average user & possibly the case with some users in the enthusiast arena.

test have been run on a plethora of cards ranging from 16-768MB on deck to prove if theres any huge difference, & the result are minimal - depending on usage the diff between a 256Mb card & 512card is about 2fps??? I read it in CustomPc mag a while back - it was one of their feature topic's as 'Bigger isnt always better'


however from a 'professionals' point of view having 2Gb on deck would probably be like a party in their pants with the bunnies in the playboy mansion invited.....


would crysis even take up even have of this cards memory??? Id like to see benchs before i can start saying something is mana from heaven & recommend what hardware when they come to ask me for my advice.


::EDIT::

also on a side note - better make sure ur running an x64bit OS otherwise u lose functionality of 2Gb of your system ram..... ouch!
 

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Don't forget the news that the RV770s are capable of raytracing in realtime. It was said that they excel at the raytracing with memory sizes of 1 and 2GB. So it could very well be useful if we start to see raytracing used for RV770s. That, or you've got yourself a very nice cheap card for a workstation.
 
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Don't forget the news that the RV770s are capable of raytracing in realtime. It was said that they excel at the raytracing with memory sizes of 1 and 2GB. So it could very well be useful if we start to see raytracing used for RV770s. That, or you've got yourself a very nice cheap card for a workstation.
Yeah: ray tracing is supposed to be the way of the future.

Still, and although there aren't programs to make use of the graphic card (for something other the games), that doesn't mean there wont be any such programs.
 

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You better be using a 64-bit OS with this thing, that's a lot of memory.
 

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You better be using a 64-bit OS with this thing, that's a lot of memory.
Generally speaking you'll want to migrate to 64-bit anyways when upgrading/assembling a new rig ;)
 

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Good points made about Ray Tracing, but I don't think the average gamer is going to do that. Some will, that's fair. However, it's the same old marketing ploy. If the price is decent then it'd be a relatively decent buy, but I can't expect them to sell it at price only slightly higher than 512MB.
 
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other than marketing - whats the point of this?
 

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Generally speaking you'll want to migrate to 64-bit anyways when upgrading/assembling a new rig ;)
So you're saying that this is an attempt by Microsoft to boost Vista 64 sales:p
 
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i think that 1G is more than enough for now..... in the future i dont know.i would go for the 1G card.:cool:
 

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It puts it in the realm of the FIREGL andQuadroFX cards for workstations. This would be a boon for me in my CAD work, both modeling and rendering.
 
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#20
RV770 will never manage to reach 1 gigaflop without tons of on board memory and it better be 0.8 ns.