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Do we need such powerful cards now?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Phil2008, 12 Feb 2009.

  1. WJA96


    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,267

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    Graphics cards are the new supercomputers. I need my triple GTX 280 system to get the kinds of folding power that only 720 cores working in unison can provide. CUDA applications (or more likely the technology that follows CUDA) will make our lives MUCH better. Everything will get faster, not just games.
  2. Rroff

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    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

    Posts: 76,126

  3. setter


    Joined: 14 Dec 2005

    Posts: 28,158

    Location: armoy, n. ireland

    I found my current rig struggling at 1920x1200 with my g92 gts, probably lack of ram, upgraded to a gtx 280 and its a vast improvement, no game i currently play struggles, and a nice bonus is that the gtx clocks extremely well.
  4. Overslop


    Joined: 22 Oct 2005

    Posts: 4,014

    Location: Thailand

    I'm chuffed with my 4870X2, but I'm looking forward to even more powerful cards to come in the future. :)
  5. Biffa

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,628

    Location: Surrey

    Wierdo :p
  6. Jleo


    Joined: 2 Jan 2004

    Posts: 938

    I game at 1024 x 768 on a dell 20" with a 26" widescreen christaline lab quality polarised magnifying screen mounted on custom alloy hinges ...and its amazing! just totally amazing! no i don't need a big fancy gpu Ati 9800 pro still kicks it :D
    Last edited: 14 Feb 2009
  7. dante6491


    Joined: 30 Jun 2006

    Posts: 6,062

    Location: London

    I would quite like to see Graphics Power level for a while. It would mean that the coding of games would have to improve to obtain increased performance. The same with level of detail, the developers would have to find new ways to compress the textures, or more efficient methods etc.
  8. Cyber-Mav


    Joined: 30 Jul 2005

    Posts: 15,850

    Location: Midlands

    exactly how stupid are you? if im doing 110fps on my gfx card in cod 4 i doubt the police will be knocking on my door to give me a fine and 3 points for going over 70 fps.

    pure stupidity from the members of this forum these days. :rolleyes:
  9. Exibit


    Joined: 18 Feb 2006

    Posts: 444

    Location: Halifax

    I remember when I went to overclockers paid over £300 for my BFG 8800GTX OC, I thought to my self at the time I must be mad

    But I seems to never have a problem with any of the games I play at 1900 x 1200 and long may it continue. The only game I know that it will struggle with is Crysis...

    Loving my 8800GTX
  10. DeathTyrant


    Joined: 28 Nov 2008

    Posts: 351

    I paid something like £415 for mine LMAO. Must have been March 2007, possibly earlier.
  11. HangTime

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    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 29,068

    Location: Hampshire

    While I understand what you're saying, in that the human race will typically attempt to find workarounds for technical limitations (the Sega Saturn would be a good example of how the quality of games improved over time), I don't really wish to see such limitations comes into play. For starters, it would only effect new games - older games which have already released would see no benefit from it. Whereas faster hardware is universally good, it will boost performance in all games.
  12. muppetkiller


    Joined: 6 Oct 2008

    Posts: 343

    I want more powerfull GPU's but use less Power at the same time.
    At the same time to produce less heat and noise.
  13. skankmaster


    Joined: 24 May 2004

    Posts: 439

    Choice is good - especially if it means existing prices keep getting lower. If it means every four years the same price (cheap) buys me something a lot more powerful, thats great.
  14. gurusan


    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,489

    Location: Portland, OR

    yes we need more powerful cards!
  15. Gohan


    Joined: 31 Aug 2003

    Posts: 70

    Location: Kent, UK

    I personaly think ATI & Nvidia should work on getting there power usage under control first...
  16. Yamahahahahaha


    Joined: 11 Oct 2008

    Posts: 3,836

    Location: London

    To my mind, we've been getting the best of both worlds for a long time.

    The initial release is always faster than the previous generation.

    This is followed by a die shrink + efficiency increase, paving the way for the next generation.

    A virtuous circle if there ever was one.
  17. Chandler_90


    Joined: 13 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,650

    Location: South Shields

    I'm in the middle of putting together alittle comparrison of a 9800gt against a gtx295.. and so far my answer to this question is a definite yes.. I'll be putting the thread up next weekend.. only comparing crysis and 3d mark.