The wraps have just been pulled on NVIDIA's new mainstream graphics card lineup, these comprising the GeForce 8500 GT, 8600 GT and 8600 GTS, all of which are DirectX 10 compliant.
The Dailytech have a fresh article up here which amongst plenty of other info about these new cards also includes images of GIGABYTE's variants; the GV-NX86S256H, GV-NX86GT256H and GV-NX86T256H, all of them in fact passively cooled!
With the curtain lifted there is plenty of coverage on them including benchmark comparison runs etc. via the following links (which i'll continue to update over the next 24 hrs, so keep checking back for more) :-
- Hot Hardware
- Driver Heaven
- Toms Hardware
- The Inquirer
- Overclockers NZ
- Tech Report
NVIDIA today announced its latest DirectX 10 product offerings to serve the $129-$229 price points. The new GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT and 8500 GT introduces technology previously exclusive to the high-end GeForce 8800-series to more affordable levels. NVIDIA's new mainstream product lineup features Shader Model 4.0 support, GigaThread technology and NVIDIA's Quantum Effects physics processing technology. The addition of NVIDIA's Lumenex engine to the mainstream sector provides value-conscious buyers with 128-bit floating point HDR rendering and anti-aliasing levels of 16x.
The new mainstream flagship is the GeForce 8600 GTS, which takes the spot previously held by the GeForce 7900 GS. NVIDIA slots the GeForce 8600 GTS below the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB, which currently occupies the $299-$329 price points. GeForce 8600 GTS based products fill in the $199-229 price points. GeForce 8600 GTS-based products feature 32-stream processors clocked at 1.45 GHz. NVIDIA has set the reference core and memory clock speeds at 675 MHz and 1.0 GHz, respectively.