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3D Labs 640mb graphics card!

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by AML, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. AML

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    When we talk about graphics cards we always seem to refer to either NVidia or ATi.

    These companies offer top of the line G-Cards with 256mb of memory.

    The reason im refering especially to the memory is because the recently released Doom 3 requires 512mb of video card memory or more to run this game at full settings.
    Unfortunately none of either the NVidia or ATi cards offer this yet.
    So, i did some checking and up pops 3D Labs with 2 cards that offer 512mb and 640mb of video memory.

    However im not too savi about the performance of these cards when compared directly to say a Radeon X800XT or an NVidia 6800 Ultra.

    Can somone enlighten me? :confused:

    (check here to see those cards)

    http://www.3dlabs.com/products/category.asp?cate=1
     
  2. Miyazaki

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    I think these cards are mainly to render graphics, as used by graphic designers and developers and the like.

    I don't think they are any good for games unfortunately.
     
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    I'm amazed if they've released a game that requires over 512MB video RAM. That would mean that no current hardware could play it at full settings - seems strange to me
     
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    well, it should be good at openGL games (which I believe Doom or Half Life are) so they shouldn't be that bad due to their huge bandwidth, but a x800 or 6800 would most prob wipe the floor due to higher clock speeds at games.

    Rich
     
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    JohnG, its actaly common practice for games to come out with minimum specs set low but actual specs are much higher. (Usually waht we are all using now)

    If u want most of todays new games like far cry and doom 3 to run of full, then you gona have to wait for newer hardware to come out!

    Just immagine, a game that say came out 1 or even 2 years ago. Only now do we have the hardware to play these games on full settings with high ress like 1280X1024.

    2 Years ago that would have been impossible.

    So likewise, todays new games will be able to run on full settings a year or so from now. Its already obvious with games like doom 3 that even todays newest cards arent enough.
     
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    I know what you mean, but .....
    I'm sure I've seen a review where they've run this game at 2048x1536 and it's still playable ! That's using todays hardware.
    They seem to conclude that CPU cache is one of the biggest factors for getting good frame rates, and even advised buying the game first and trying it before upgrading the graphics card. I'll try and find a link to it.
     
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    JohnG,

    Not wanting to put words in your mouth, but I think there is a CPU review for Doom3 at www.anandtech.com

    Rpb
     
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    Interesting reading that is - looks like the AMD 64 is king for Doom3.
    The article I was thinking about is here
     
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    I just dowloaded FRAPS and im going to start benchmarking my games.
    Ill start with far cry then move on to Doom 3 (once i get it)

    But it seems obvious that the higher your PCs specs, the faster the games are going to run.
    Theres always going to be a "good enough" factor to consider, but the thruth of the matter is, we are all limited by the performance of our hardware.
    Very different with consoles and console games which is why they are so much easyer to use and run.
    Probably the worst thing about PC gaming is that to play the newest games we need the newest hardware!
     
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    Sorry that was the wrong link I just posted !! It was actually another AnanTech article I was thinking off (particularly the conclusion page)

    article here
     

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