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Extreme Chips for Extreme Cards

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August 29, 2003 4:27:08 PM

<A HREF="http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/memory/display/20030828165..." target="_new">Read more @ X-bit labs</A>

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<b>It looks like GDDR2 memory starts gaining its popularity as Samsung Electronics today announced production of its 256Mb Graphics Double Data Rate2 (GDDR2) SDRAM. The 256Mb capacity will enable building graphics cards with up to 512MB of memory using PCBs of typical sizes. Besides, the 1600MHz DRAM chips will allow extremely fast graphics cards. . . Samsung claims that the new devices had already been supplied to leading graphics card manufacturers. . . I believe that we will hardly see any graphics cards with 512MB of mind-blowing fast memory in late 2003 or early 2004, but a year from now there definitely will be high-end graphics products with 512MB of memory. . . Samsung’s GDDR2 devices incorporate a number of new technical features, such as On-Die-Termination (ODT), Off-Chip driver-Calibration (OCD) and posted CAS to boost performance by up to 50% over graphics DDR SDRAM. . . GDDR2 SDRAM at 1600MHz in 128-bit configuration is capable of providing of up to 25.6GB/s peak bandwidth, while in 256-bit configurations, the new type of memory will bring up to astonishing 51.2GB/s of throughput. . . Samsung has introduced GDDR2 SDRAM ahead of competition by developing the industry’s first 1000MHz 128Mb GDDR2 SDRAM in July 2002. The chips were adopted by NVIDIA Corporation in its unsuccessful GeForce FX 5800 graphics product</b>


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August 29, 2003 4:41:16 PM

And the price of graphics cards skyrocket.....


I could easily see the new high end top-of-the-line cards costing more than $1000. Time to look for a new job...
August 30, 2003 6:16:35 AM

Woah wait a minute there bobby, wasn't the GF FX 5800 memory 500MHZ <b>DDR</b> which is an effective 1000MHZ of 128-bit pathways?!

Pray tell is Samsung blatantly lying about their products? Or am I just lost at this time of the day?

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September 2, 2003 6:36:05 PM

I would LOVE to see a card that can actually take advantage of full gigabyte of memory, and the compare benchmarks scores to the original Voodoo in Quake2 or something.

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September 2, 2003 8:23:46 PM

Gigabyte already has a Radeon 9800 PRO 256mb with DDR2, <A HREF="http://tw.giga-byte.com/VGA/Products/Products_GV-R98P25..." target="_new">the GV-R98P256D</A>. A couple of vendors on Pricewatch.com have it priced at about $460 street (USD). However with 16 DRAM chips would that mean they are 128-Mbit chips and not the new 256-Mbit chips

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September 3, 2003 12:36:08 AM

No, actually theyre 16mb chips. I don't know what that author was smoking, a 256mb chip? It'd be hella bigger, and you'd only need TWO of them, do the damn math. Man I hate the Inquirer.

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September 3, 2003 2:07:11 AM

I meant DDR as it means: Double Data Rate.

So yeah you agree with me, it's 1GHZ EFFECTIVE.

Samsung lied.

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September 3, 2003 3:29:36 AM

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No, actually theyre 16mb chips. I don't know what that author was smoking, a 256mb chip? It'd be hella bigger, and you'd only need TWO of them, do the damn math. Man I hate the Inquirer.

The author should have used the term "Mbits" instead of "Mb" which is too easy to confuse with "MB".

Obviously, you were confused.

You do understand that Mb means megabits while MB means megabytes?

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September 3, 2003 5:20:08 AM

thank you!!!

i was trying tell someone about that new ram, but i couldnt think of the name


i was calling it GDR ram haha

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September 19, 2003 2:01:48 PM

<A HREF="http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/200309181348..." target="_new">http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/200309181348...;/A>

nVidia got tens of thousands of these chips, X-bit labs says it for the upcoming NV40. Does this change your expectations of the upcoming card?

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