Faced with a whirlwind of GeForce FX hype, it looks like ATI is answering NVIDIA's claimed 48GB/s with some lofty memory bandwidth claims of its own. The Inquirer has the scoop:
ATI said it is using 8.8 to 1 compression method on the Radeon 9700 PRO cards that can deliver an astonishing 174.2GB per second in the best case. A rare bird in practice, we'd suggest.I'm not sure if ATI's outlandish claims aren't somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but they do at least put the GeForce FX's announced memory bandwidth into perspective. When companies start messing around with the math used to calculate memory bandwidth, no one wins, and paper specs end up looking that much more meaningless.