ATI Technologies showcased on Thursday its first graphics card with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, especially noticing that the design challenge about the actual board was not that serious. Still, it is yet unclear whether and when such products are projected to emerge in retail. "I wouldn't think this would be a substantial rework, certainly not like designing a new board design from scratch," ATI's spokeswoman Patricia Mikula said.
ATI RADEON X850 XT 512MB graphics card looks similar to ATI's RADEON X850 XT 256MB flavour: both have nearly the same power supply circuitry, coolers, etc., the actual difference is in memory layout. ATI Technologies, the world's largest supplier of graphics and multimedia processors, will demonstrate its graphics cards with 512MB of onboard memory at the Texas Gaming Festival in Dallas, February 25th to 27th, 2004.
News source: X-bit labs