I heard from a guy that the 8900 GTX is going to require a quad core? I don't know how smart he was but he seemed pretty knowledgable.
How could it require a quad core though? Maybe he meant that the 8900 GTX is going to be so powerful that it wont be any better than 8800 GTX because of a CPU bottle neck? And you'd need a quad core to realize the full potential of a 8900 GTX?
very doubtful. unless he works for nVidia and knows something we don't then he must be pulling your leg. there is no information about an 8900GTX let alone hardware requirements for it.
the word bottleneck is thrown around far too lightly. people make it sound as if if you don't have a top notch system you won't see any benefit from a top notch card. it's still a load of crap. every time someone tries to prove these bottlenecks they either show a bunch of evidence that contradicts them which they subsequently ignore in their conclusion or they use very specific examples that aren't common place.
the fact is cpu bottlenecks are only truly
noticeable at low resolutions. at high resolutions the graphics card becomes the bottleneck for performance and any processor above say 3000+/3GHz in performance will show maybe 0.5-1% difference between high and low end models. people consistently confuse cpu bottlenecks (which do exist fairly regularly) with cpu to gpu bottlenecks which are rare. the average cpu bottleneck occurs in situations where the cpu is relied upon to make many calculations such as in the presence of many AI characters. HOWEVER
that SHOULD NOT
be confused with the processor bottlenecking the graphics card.
with that i bid you all good evening, step into my flame suit and recline with a glass of scotch. as i sit in waiting for the inevitable response debating my point. i sit comfy in the knowledge i have tried to impart my wisdom and through no fault of my own someone has failed to take heed......