Does anyone know about nvidia (fancy that:) graphics cards? The last time I was in the market for one of these things I was looking at a Cirrus Logic board, and things seem to have changed somewhat since then. I think that what I'm after here is RAM, like around 8gigs on the GPU. Are we there yet, or is the price going to be unreasonable?
An 8 gig graphics card? It probably exists...somewhere. Either that or you'd have to hook up two GTX 980's together, SLI style, which wouldn't exactly be cheap.
If you're looking for a good graphics card, which probably won't need updating for a few years but is also reasonably priced, I'd suggest the GTX 780ti. It's got more than enough grunt for existing games, though you probably wont be running Assassin's Creed: Unity on ultra settings or anything.
Thank you. I'm running a GTX 660 on this set I'm borrowing ATM and its 500 MB won't cut the muster. It's PCIe so I may be able upgrade on board, though I have a feeling it may have to stay within 600 series (I may also be wrong). The other option I was thinking was going outboard, maybe with 2 PCI external slots. Costs then probably becoming untenable.
There is one point that may be to my advantage, that this is not for high performance gaming: I don't need 4k * 32bit * 120 fps. It's for what they call "scientific computation" and it's many times more faster on a GPU than CPU. The only thing is that I have to load lots of data ~= 6GB while still having room to load some more functions (a 250 MB model will crash my 500 mb GPU)
The feeling I get is that this is going to have to be once more a purchase indefinitively deferred. It was fun to be had again (feelings on the subject actually still unclear).