Yet another new graphics card officially pops up onto NVIDIA's production line as of today. The 6800 GS is a more affordable solution for buyers who dont want to shell out the bux for a 7 series card, yet still like the idea of future SLI expandibility and half decent performance in line with todays gaming requirements.
The core and mem run at 425MHz and 1GHz (GDDR3) respectively, and with 12 pixel pipelines and 5 vertex engines active this slots the card somewhere in between that of a standard 6800 and 6800 GT.
NVIDIA's annoucement on the new 6 series sibling can be read here :-
SANTA CLARA, CA-November 7, 2005-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the immediate availability of the new NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS graphics processing unit (GPU), the latest addition to the Company's award-winning line-up of GPUs. Just in time to power the holiday's hottest gaming titles, the new GeForce 6800 GS has astonishing horsepower and dramatically shifts performance expectations for graphics cards at midrange price points.
"If you look at the roster of the games anticipated to be hot for the holiday season-including Age of Empires 3, Call of Duty 2, Quake4, or Serious Sam 2-the common thread is that they all support the latest 3D features and require a lot of graphics performance to deliver an enjoyable gaming experience," stated Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at NVIDIA. "Graphics cards based on GeForce 6800 GS GPUs deliver the 3D eye-candy with the necessary performance for total gaming immersion, but do so at a new, lower price point."
With the NDA having been lifted, the usual array of reviews are also now floating across the web as per the below linkies :-
And finally, the NV guns are looking after their solid reputation in regard to availability of newly released products, with a post on Anandtech today pointing out that NewEgg's shelves are already being stacked with 6800 GS cards.
In keeping with their recent tradition of having video cards featuring their latest GPUs in stock on the day of announcement, Newegg reports that video cards featuring NVIDIA's 6800 GS GPU are available as we speak. It truly is refreshing to see NVIDIA keeping on the ball with their new product announcements. It wasn't too long ago that we were all complaining about paper launches from both ATI and NVIDIA. At least one of those companies can now hang their heads high instead of taking egg on the face.