512MB Graphics Cards Coming Out Our Ears

We've seen a number of cards announced recently that like to slap half a gig of memory on themselves. Here's a round-up from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Sapphire tickles our giblets next with its own 512MB X800XL. I don’t need to tell you the VPU it is based on or the memory it uses by now unless you are dense (and I’m making a confident guess that you aren’t).

Sapphire provides its own overclocking utility called TRIXX and will bundle in some video editing software for good measure. The card ticks all the right boxes: 16 pipelines, GDDR3 and PCI Express (unless, like me you still have AGP. No time to upgrade, no time).

Its claim to fame is it has dual DVI outputs as well as dual DVI inputs or VIVO as it is known (video in, video out… clever). You’re looking at £211.44 including VAT for this boy, which is a truly excellent price – if you ask me? You’ll be quids in if you look to pick this up when it debuts towards the end of the month. (Seven hours thirty minutes to go, still not packed and my mate is going to kill me. Bloody Photoshop editing).

Finally (thank god), is Gainward which has come out with the truly mental idea of sticking 512MB on an nVidia 6200 AGP card. Yes, there is always one…

It’s a completely bonkers idea, since the memory is hardly the bottleneck here, but we love its craziness (in a Lord Screaming Sutch kinda way) and it sounds cool if you happen to be 16 and want to beat down on your mate’s 128MB card (don’t do it if they have a 6600GT with 128MB though as it will probably be faster!).

The official name for this lunacy is the Gainward PowerPack! Pro/1490 TV-DVI. As the name spells out, it comes with DVI output. As you would expect it won’t cost you the earth (it is expected to be around the £100 mark) when it comes out at the end of the month and it might be worth getting just to see the look on your friends’ faces during system boot.

Now will all you graphics card marketing madmen please leave me alone for a couple of days? I’ve got to get pack, party, then catch a plane to Poland (and not necessarily in that order).

Abit UK

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