It's because memory channels are quite dense, most of the circuit work on the PCB is memory channels into the GPU. It might be easier on a dual gpu card, but I don't see how it would ever be possible through an SLI/Crossfire bridge without seriously increasing the density of it's tracks. Shared memory channels on a single card with multiple GPU's would also lead to a staggering increase in it's footprint.
Might be possible in the future with higher density VRAM modules, smaller GPU construction processes and better materials used in the circuits allowing for them to be smaller with the same thermal and electrical characteristics. Or some sort of shared on board memory controller (similar idea as a RAID controller) that controlled how the GPU's access the VRAM, but that could add a performance overhead that's not acceptable right now.
Last edited by Tradewind; 2011-12-01 at 07:54 PM.
Must... not.... rage.
Been busy programming tonight. Went to bed at around 5am, not intending to return to design until i woke up. I then decide about 20 minutes later that it might be a good idea to sleep mode the PC... only to find both screens are frozen and nothing is happening no matter what i do.
I reboot, and get Intel RAID boot telling me that an error occured on one of my SSD's. The array appears normal, but one drive, quickly identified, reports an error. I check it's not the cable or (god forbid) the SATA port, and sure enough, it's the drive at fault (one of the new ones as far as i can tell). So, i reconnect the other drives, and boot as normal. SSD's, being the way they are, allow reading when they start to go kaput, but not writing.
It's now 7:15am, and i'm sat here with a face like this;
Literally, the look on my face right now is one of contempt, although my head isn't shaped like a lemon.
I've backed up all of the data, mainly games, save me having to redownload 200GB of data again. I've also reset the drive to normal, but whether that'll fix it or whether i'm gonna have to RMA it is yet to be seen. It could have been a freak error with the cable coming unplugged slightly or something equally weird but i'm now very wary. Of interest, this drive is the only one where it looks as if the small angled part on the SATA power connection is broken off.
I'm considering gluegunning the power connectors to the ports themselves, much like i did with my 200mm fan to my side panel (since positioning for screwing it in was in line with watercooling rad and fan). Now i need sleep, but honestly, that means i'll not wake up until mid-late afternoon, which makes me hate myself.
Am not sure if this is considered as a gaming setup! but here it is...
Monitor: Dell 24 inch 1920x1200p theexpensife IPS one.
Keyboard: Cheapo $15 keyboard.
Load, Lowest Fan speeds.
Load, Highest Fan Speeds.
Infracted. Please do not post images larger than 800px wide.
Last edited by kot0005; 2011-12-02 at 11:29 PM.
i7 930 @ 4.0Ghz | Sapphire HD5970 w/ Accelero Xtreme | ASUS P6X58D Premium | 32GB Kingston DDR3-1600
Xonar Essence STX | 128GB Vertex 4 | AX750 | Xigmatek Elysium
Laing D5 | XSPC RX 360mm | Koolance RP-452X2 | EK-Supreme HF
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February or March I'd say, maybe April if it gets delayed. There is a demonstration event on Monday so hopefully it sheds some light on how far along they are in the development process and what kind of time line we can expect for releases. I really want to drop some money on a flagship card, or at least something substantially more powerful then my 6870.
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Well, personally I'd love to make the jump to the next generation, watercool it when the block(s) become available, then call it a day on that section for a while ahead. :P
However, I'm not very patient, so entirely depending on when I get my money I might just get the GTX 580 instead, but perhaps the demonstration will make me want to wait.
Here's my setup. Nothing flashy, but it plays everything, BF3 and Skyrim included, on ultra. Built it about a month ago.
I7 2700k[2600k was out of stock] Frio cooler
Gigabyte Z68[3rd one, will never buy Gigabyte again]
750gb caviar black
Corsair 650W PSU
27" Samsung SA550
I'll be adding another gtx570 soon.
Finally got all the chance to put her together yesterday, and I'm really enjoying it. Just waiting on the 2nd SSD so I can get some boost from putting them in a raid configuration, but otherwise it's good to go.
Corsair 600T case, took the window off and replaced it with the mesh panel and 4 120mm Enermax T.B. Silence fans
Corsair H100 CPU cooler w/ 4 x Scythe 120x120x12mm 1.9k RPM slim fans in a push / pull configuration for the radiator
Asus P9X79 Pro mothboard
Intel i7-3930k CPU (Socket 2011, 6 physical cores) @ 3.2ghz OC'd to 4.1ghz, stable @ 4.5 just didn't have temp monitor installed until earlier wasn't gonna chance it
16gb Patriot Gseries DDR3 RAM in quad-channel mode (8x2gb)
EVGA GeForce GTX580 (1.5gb edition), after it runs stable for a week I'll throw the 2nd one in there
Kingston HyperX SATA3 120gb SSD (OS & Games) - have a raincheck for a 2nd one to raid, they were just down to the last 1 yesterday =\
2 x Western Digital 1.5tb SATA2 drives (storage)
Vantech NexStar USB3 connected SATA dock (more usefulthat you'd think with over 11tb of HD space on my network)
2 x optical drives (not sure which I'm keeping in there probably just the BR and the DVD-R)
2 x Scythe fan controlers, a 6 channel and a 4 channel
OCZ ZX series 1250w power supply, fully modular
Though still have to wait for them to load so err at least I'm not hindering anybody's gameplay I guess.
RAID'ing SSD's a future project perhaps but I have other upgrades planned atm.
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I haven't had ANY issues with my current rig though, a SATA3 Asus Sabertooth P67, but sadly, it just seems to depend a lot on how the sandforce drives are willing to work together with your motherboard.
I love the drive, but it's hard to recommend it to anyone considering it's risk basicly, when you pay so much for a drive and you need to depend on luck to have it run properly, it's a bit painful.
Pretty easy to setup a home Exchange server too if you happen to have a copy from MSDNAA like I do. Assuming you have some extra cash for a domain, mail relay server, or a Linode or something.
Also speaking of hard drives, I shoved in two semi-old 640GB Samsung Spinpoint F1's and RAID0'd them for a temporary storage partition (mainly for fraps, downloads, etc). Cableing in the back is pretty chaotic now haha.
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Last edited by Tuca; 2011-12-03 at 07:46 PM.
I would have been happy with a proper semi modular psu like the corsair HX series instead of a fully modular seasonic but its almost never on sale and I heard the hx 650 is actually eol...dunno if thats true or not.