efaardvark Posted May 30, 2020 Share Posted May 30, 2020 48 minutes ago, Geano said: I agree completely on the delay to not step on the toes of the consoles seeing as AMD has had these prior console based chips in the works for some time now, and releasing a full on video card for PC would more, or less cannibalize the market as even the slightly technically inclined user would realize what they are buying. I also think the idea of a onboard SSD for thees video cards would be pretty awesome though it would be more, or less a stoppable installation type situation. The sizes for these SSDs would likely only be large enough to hold one maybe 2 games, and for the AAA titles which readily exceed 100GB these those forget putting more then one of those on there. lol I do think though as flash storage becomes cheaper this will be a much more viable option. What's "expensive" or "cheap" depends on who you talk to. People (though not me!) are already spending over $700 - even $1,200! - on a gfx card. NVMe storage is currently priced around 10 cents per GB. That means 1TB of flash would only be maybe an extra $100. My current desktop only has a 500GB SSD and I have several games on it. This includes several different versions Kerbal Space Program, each with its own set of installed mods. I don't know how accessible the storage would be on one of the (rumored) cards, but if I could also use it to store regular files then I could maybe do without my M.2 drive on the motherboard and the extra cost for the GPU would be a wash. At that point it would be down to things like upgradability and overall system performance. If someone were to offer me a GFX card with performance of a 2080 and 1TB of ultra-fast SSD storage for $500 then I might be tempted, especially if the flash on the card were socketed and upgradable. Maybe 2xM.2 slots say. You can already get quad-M.2 PCI cards for less than $100. So, take a regular GFX card, rework it a bit to add the flash controller and manage things like heat and power, and raise the price to match the extra performance. Existing GFX cards already have things like heat sinks and memory controllers anyway. It wouldn't even have to cost much beyond the price of the actual flash memory chips, and like I said flash memory is getting pretty cheap these days. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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