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Addable memory for graphics cards

But a slot for RAM on video cards
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You buy a videocard, which, at the time, is top of the line. 256 mb GeForce 6800. However, with the speed at which technology advances, pretty soon 256 megs is not enough.

Why not put a slot for DDR(2) memory modules on a video card? That way, someone can buy a "bare bones" card for a pretty decent price, then ad as much memory as they want (Up to 1 GB, or put two 1 GB sticks in for dual-channel mode).

Shrimp, Aug 08 2006

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       DDR memory is designed to be accessed a certain way; most display cards need memory that supports different modes of access. Many display cards over the years have been designed with expandable memory, but because they all needed different types of RAM, such expansion abilities have generally not been used. If someone doesn't max out their card when they buy it, the exact type of memory they'd need may well be obsolete by the time they would want to do so.
supercat, Aug 08 2006

       Video RAM is very different from general system RAM. Older cards used to have swappable memory chips anyway.
Aq_Bi, Aug 08 2006

       the speed of the GPU is usually more important than video ram size
vmaldia, Aug 08 2006

       More of a suggestion for a manufacturer than an idea for the bakery.
ldischler, Aug 08 2006

       The video card industry relies on speedy obsolecense to stay in business.
RayfordSteele, Aug 09 2006


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