ASUS Goes for the Gigabyte

ASUS announced the EN8800GT/HTDP/1G, an Nvidia GeForce 8800-based graphics card with a full 1GB of onboard memory. The DirectX 10 friendly card also includes what ASUS calls SmartDoctor, a method of overclocking not only the core and memory clocks, but the shader clock as well.

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imagine 2 of these babies in SLI mode with a full 2 GB of GDDR memory! sweet. and 4 GB of system memory. give me 1 PC based game that i will not be able to play on full res. hehe.

I'd much rather have a four-socket quad-core ready mainboard that supports SLI off a PCIe 2.0 bus.
Build me one of those, oh gods of the circuit board.

There is more than the actual cost to consider. Just as important: will this GPU benefit enough or at all from the extra RAM to make it worth the extra price? If the performance-increase/cost ratio is too high, it won't be worth it. I've read a bit of speculation that the extra RAM won't provide the performance increase that people think it will, at least on this CPU. Some games might show a bigger increase than others, but I'm thinking that at this level of GPU, 1GB of RAM is a bit too much.

I agree. I've got the 512 MB 8800 GT and the memory starts to be a limiting factor only at really high resolutions like 1920x1200 and beyond. Considering the card won't be able to give decent frame rates in modern games like Crysis at those resolutions it seems a bit pointless to have that much vidmem. I wouldn't be surprised if 1 GB was the norm for the next generation of Nvidia graphics cards that should have the GPU performance to be able to fully use it.

ir0nw0lf said,
There is more than the actual cost to consider. Just as important: will this GPU benefit enough or at all from the extra RAM to make it worth the extra price? If the performance-increase/cost ratio is too high, it won't be worth it. I've read a bit of speculation that the extra RAM won't provide the performance increase that people think it will, at least on this CPU. Some games might show a bigger increase than others, but I'm thinking that at this level of GPU, 1GB of RAM is a bit too much.

I remember a while ago they did a big comparison with cards with huge amounts of memory; what people ignore is this. Huge amounts of memory was necessary years ago because the bandwidth for graphics card was so crap, but given that PCIe is common, and PCIe 2.0 is just around the corner, the need to have huge amounts of memory basically comes down to boast factor rather than any real world performance benefits.

Dakkaroth said,
Wonder if it'll exhaust into the case or out the back.

It blows it all over the case. But I think it's going to work much better than any stock Nvidia cooler.

Loks like a decent GPU Heat sink they have on there, but I've seen better GPU HSFs. The GRAM heatsink looks nifty, though. Wish we had some larger pics to look at.