Eh, you couldn't run UT2k4 at "Ultra" quality, D3 at "Highest" (or whatever the hidden level was), or BF2 at highest w/o a 512M card (well... you can... you just have massive texture thrashing and crappy fps). For UT2k4 and D3, however, the differences between the hidden texture quality levels and the highest normal level were insanely minimal.
I never owned Ut2k4, but Doom 3 plays fine on Ultra quality on my current rig.
For that matter, FEAR plays fine too with Highest Texture settings, even though I only have a 256MB card. No harddisk trashing of any kind.
I think the whole "You need 512MB graphics card memory" is just bullshit designed to get those cards to sell faster. When are you ever going to have a scene where you're actually SEEING 500+MB of textures??
PCI-E might also have something to do with it, but not sure.
Like I said, FEAR plays decent enough even with Textures set to highest, but I'll try it with medium textures tonight and see if it improves any.
I'll agree that the visual difference between High and Ultra on Doom 3 wasn't even really noticeable, although it WAS pretty noticeable in Half Life 2, for example.
Not sure what the level of difference is in FEAR.The Constitution only covers the election of the President, not of any other office at any level.
Ah, that's what I thought it was.