This autumn ATI and NVIDIA will start offering graphics cards with 512MB of memory. Regarding the date of launch probably the ATI R480 and the NVIDIA NV48 will be the first to feature this.
It's called marketing, designed to encourage consumers to buy more, more and yet more, and takes advantage of human nature. nature. We just can't help ourselves.
An Nvidia and ATI Autumn refresh will bring you 512MB of memory and we remember that ATI actually said something about delivering 512MB cards by the end of this year.
More graphics memory means larger textures but then again our beloved game developers cannot resist the pressure of the source of their money, the publishers and have to optimise for more standard cards with a smaller amount of frame buffer memory.
It’s sad that even years after people learned that the graphic chip is the heart of the graphic card responsible for performance, people still measure cards by the quantity of memory. The majority of people seem to want a slower card with 256MB than a faster card with 128MB.
If Nvidia and ATI are still struggling to ship X800XT Platinum and the Geforce 6800 Ultra imagine how long it will take them to take new NV48 and R480 on market. µ