ATI demonstrates 512MB graphics card

By Derek Sooman on February 28, 2005, 6:00 PM
ATI demonstrated a first for the graphic card market during the Texas Gaming Festival LAN party - a 512 MByte graphics card! The card was a modified X850 XT, and is a prototype. Commercial versions of the device should be available later this year.

The speeds are the same as offered by the 256 MByte X850XT at 520 MHz for the engine and 540 MHz for the memory. According to ATI product marketing engineer Jimmy Dinh, the memory architecture however was not as trivial as it may sound: "How do you get 512MB onto a board? Many said 'just slap on more memory modules onto the board.' But it is not that simple." Instead, the company needed to move from a single- to a dual-rank memory structure.

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Mictlantecuhtli said:
Why are they saying things like "industry's first graphics card with 512 MB"?Why did Id Software claim there are no graphics cards with 512 MB of RAM when Doom 3 was released?3DLabs introduced cards with 512 MB of memory two years ago (Wildcat VP990 Pro, [url=
3rd of March 2003[/url]).Today, their Wildcat Realizm 800 has 640 MB.Something not existing is not the same thing as something being in a minority.
Phantasm66 said:
Yes, this is actually true. The Wildcat cards have had this kind of memory for a while. Not sure if they are Direct X compatible, though, maybe only openGL. Probably it should be "First Direct-X compatiable 512MB card."
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