This card sounds interesting, but what would you use/need 256MB card? I mean, the current games suggest 32 or 64MB...is gaming going to advance that fast and that much to require over 128MB?<br><br>ATI Radeon 9800 XT <br><br>For the ultimate in graphics performance choose the Radeon 9800 XT graphics processor. Through a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects and unsurpassed image quality the Radeon 9800 XT takes the visual graphics to a new level. With the industry's first 8-pixel pipeline architecture and a blazing 256-bit memory interface the Radeon 9800 XT gives you the best 3D gaming performance available today. This advanced graphics card includes SMARTSHADER 2.0, the latest in graphics programmability allowing users to experience movie-quality effects in next-generation 3D games and applications. To complete the picture the Radeon 9800 XT features a large 256 MB DDR frame buffer to support large textures in the latest games and design applications providing amazing image quality with no degradation in 3D performance. Special note on the ATI Radeon 9800 XT: due to size of this advanced graphics card, the adjacent PCI or PCI-X slot will be blocked and cannot be used. This reduces the number of available PCI or PCI-X slots from three to two<br><br>
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I believe it will John. That is to say in the PC world it will. If any of you who own PC's have ever played Ubisoft's Far Cry know what I'm talking about. Crytek's Cryengine pushes the threshold of action gaming with proprietary polybump mapping, advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, dynamic lighting, motion-captured animation, and total surround sound is just the beginning and I'm sure they're sandbaging the capabilities of this engine.<br><br>These are the mins and maxes for this particular game. Whether there are other games out there whose requirements exceed those of this particular game, perhaps our PC gamers can enlighten us a bit more. My roomie plays this game with a 2 GHz P4 with nVidia's top of the line video card but as it turns out his bottleneck is the motherboard. Once and a while when he's playing this game his computer freezes up for ten or fifteen seconds at a time and he has to wait for it to catch up. He thinks this is normal.<br><br>Minimum:<br><br>Supported OS: Windows® 98SE/2000/XP (only)<br>Processor: AMD Athlon™ 1 GHz or Pentium® III 1 GHz<br>RAM: 256 MB<br>Video Card: 64 MB DirectX® 9.0b-compatible graphics card<br>Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0b-compatible PCI card<br>DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (included on disc)<br>CD-ROM: 4x DVD or 16x CD-ROM<br>Hard Drive Space: 4 GB<br>Multiplayer: Broadband with 64 Kbps upstream to play (512 Kbps upstream to host 8 players)<br><br><br>Recommended:<br><br>Supported OS: Windows 98SE/2000/XP (only)<br>Processor: AMD Athlon 2400-3000+ or Pentium 4 2-3 GHz<br>RAM: 512-1024 MB<br>Video Card: 128 MB GeForce 4 128 MB to GeForce FX 5950; ATI Radeon 9500-9800 XT<br>Sound Card: Sound Blaster® Audigy® series<br>DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (included on disc)<br>CD-ROM: 8x-16x DVD or 32x CD-ROM<br>Hard Drive Space: 4 GB<br>Multiplayer: Broadband with 64 Kbps upstream to play (512 Kbps upstream to host 8 players)<br><br>NVIDIA® nForce™ or other motherboards/soundcards containing the Dolby® Digital Interactive Content Encoder required for Dolby Digital audio<br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]"Once you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all." — Ronald Reagan</font color=blue>
If you're buying this card for games like Doom 3, then by all means get it. But even then, there's no way to predict what games will run like, ever WITH the bestest card out there...<br><br>99% of the games available right now don't need any more than 128mb video memory- and that's coming from someone who's played a LOT of games...<br><br>[color:red]You slap my back, I'll slap yours!</font color=red>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>what would you use/need 256MB card?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Me... I already have a 128 mb AGPx8 card but I will get the 256 mb Radeon 9800 Special Edition for Mac which also is 256 mb.<br>Why?<br>I do very high end DVD authoring/editing. Sometimes I use uncompressed 10-bit 4-2-2 codecs. <br>No ordinary video card can handle that.<br>
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