by the time dx 10.1 is "useful" there will be dx 10.5b or something that will be the real upgrade to have
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11/15/07 at 6:37pm
3DMark06 is an excellent predictor of our a system will perform AGAINST other systems. It doesn't tell you what absolute performance on specific games will be and mainly the drivers are the culprits here...not the chip.
I often read that the Dell 8700M SLI only uses 512KB RAM (2x256MB). This is wrong. Dell configured the SLI module so it fully uses the additional 768MB of shared memory from Vista. So from 2GB RAM onwards the GPU's can use well over 1GB of RAM.
The low added value of 2x512MB in actual performance was the reason that Dell opted for the 2x256MB option (also because of increased price, energy consumption and thermal development of the 2x512MB option).
Above 2GB or main DDRAM, the 2x512MB is just not worth it as it would bring the total to over 1,7GB and games are not optimzed to use that much.
My system has 4GB DDRAM, so my GPUs is never short of RAM.
I think I agree... games must have a fallback when they detect there's nowhere to push the textures and maps.