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Details have just recently surfaced behind the near future release of several graphics cards from NVIDIA, designed to fill the void beneath their current flagship 8800 series G80 offerings.
It's been said that these will apparently get launched around the same time as ATI's R600 card (early to mid March).
GeForce 8600 and GeForce 8300 are the two series of graphics cards which will fill the void beneath NVIDIA's already launched 8800 series. Based on the G84 core 8600 Ultra and GT will have 64 and 48 shader processors respectively with cores running at 500MHz and 350MHz. With a 256-bit memory bus and memory speeds at 1400MHz and 1200MHz the cards will replace the 7600 series of today. The launch date for these cards is about the same as for when ATI will launch R600, that is, around CeBIT at the start of March. Except from the 8600 series Bear Eyes has also published specifications for 8300 GT and 8300 GS (via VR-Zone).
For lovers of ATI based graphics cards, you'll be glad to know that The Inquirer have recently spoken to Rick Bergman of AMD/ATI, in which they've ascertained that AMD plan to continue making desktop graphics cards for a good while longer yet, with R700, R800 and even R900 based future chips in perspective.
WE HAD a chat with one of ATI's executive veeps, who is now an AMD chap. Rick Bergman confirmed that AMD wants to stay in a desktop graphics business.
People close to Nvidia started a rumour that AMD doesn't have enough engineers, power or money to do R700 and the chips after that but Bergman says that's cobblers.
One of the chaps that drive the graphic business at AMD confirmed that DAAMIT has plans for its desktop offerings, including the high end, for at least three more years.
GIGABYTE have just topped their motherboard lineup with a new offering based around NVIDIA's flagship nForce 680i chipset for Core2Duo, this being a Quad SLI-Ready board with native 1333 FSB support for the latest quad-core processors.
For full details on it, grab GIGABYTE's official PR folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, January 15, 2007 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today launched the highly anticipated GIGABYTE GA-N680SLI-DQ6 high end gaming platform, featuring the advanced NVIDIA nForce® 680i SLI MCP chipset, support for the record-setting Intel® Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processors and delivering the uniquely innovative GIGABYTE 6-Quad technologies.
In addition to native 1333 FSB support for the latest Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core processors, the GA-N680SLI-DQ6 features the nForce® 680i chipset with support for SLI technology, including two PCI Express x16 connections and support for an additional PCI Express x8 connection, allowing users to add a standalone physics graphics processor for an even greater boost of graphics performance. The GA-N680SLI-DQ6 also supports NVIDIA LinkBoost technology, which automatically increases bandwidth up to 25% when select GeForce graphics cards are detected, delivering enhanced system performance and maximum overclocking ability.
Many of you on a tight budget will be glad to know that NVIDIA plan to release some cheaper GeForce 8800 series cards in mid to late feb, meaning DX10 goodness without the big $$$ laid out.
VR-Zone have learned that the lower-end 8800 variant will still be dubbed an 8800 GTS with the same clock speeds etc. - The only difference lies in the amount of memory onboard, halved from 640MB to 320MB (still more than enough for kickarse smooth gaming).
The best bit? Undoubtedly the US$299 price tag :D
VR-Zone has learned that NVIDIA will release cheaper GeForce 8800 cards next month to increase pressure on current ATi X1950 lineup targeting at X1950XT 256MB mainly. The new cards will based on the same 8800GTS GPU (96 unified, 24 texture processors and 20 ROPs). It has the same core and memory clock speeds but half the memory size of the current 8800GTS cards. The card will still be known as GeForce 8800GTS but comes with 320MB GDDR3 memories in 10 x 8M*32 array so the memory bus width remains unchanged at 320bit. The card length is the same as the current 8800GTS card at 9 inches and it is still a dual slot. The performance is close to the current 8800GTS 640M but it is US$100 cheaper. Does a price tag of US$299 sounds good to you?
Seems Sapphire wont be alone in releasing a dual-GPU X1950 Pro graphics card, as ASUS have just made it known that they've got one on the way as well.
XBit Labs have the full scoop on it.
Asustek Computer, the world's largest producer of mainboards and graphics cards, is working on a dual-chip Radeon X1950 Pro board that would offer roughly the same performance as the recently announced Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual. Details of the product are vague, but if the graphics board is set to emerge on the market, it would be better to do it shortly.
Asustek will use dual print-circuit board design to construct its dual-chip graphics card, pictures of the EAX1950 Pro Dual board published by OC.com.tw web-site reveal. The product itself is pretty long and resembles Nvidia's GeForce 7950 GX2, the former flagship offering from Nvidia Corp. Asustek's dual-chip EAX1950 Pro, however, does not feature additional CrossFire connectors, which means that it will be impossible to make two of such graphics cards efficiently in order to get a quad graphics processor system.
Sapphire are proud of their display at CES this year, with particular pleasure in showing off their new dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro graphics card. Being a unique offering not found by any other add-in partner, this card has been built from the ground up by Sapphire with 1GB of memory to boot.
TWO X1950 PRO graphics processors on a single card - the latest exciting introduction from industry leader Sapphire Technology, dubbed the SAPPHIRE X1950 PRO DUAL and being shown for the first time at CES in Las Vegas from January 8, 2007.
The SAPPHIRE X1950 PRO DUAL brings stunningly fast gaming performance, comparable with ATI CrossFireTM dual GPU systems, together with industry leading image quality and crystal clear High Definition digital video at a breakthrough price point. The same thickness as a standard two slot graphics card, the SAPPHIRE X1950 PRO DUAL connects via a single PCI-Express x16 slot, bringing DUAL GPU performance to mainboards with only one PCI-Express connector, and opening up the future possibility of the world's first Quad AMD GPU operation in an ATI CrossFireTM mainboard.
It was recently reported that OCZ plan to re-enter the high-end graphics card market, initially with the release of some NVIDIA 8800 series cards. Well today brings the official launch of their first card, based on the 8800 GTX.
On paper it carries typical stock specifications, however it's been made clear that OCZ have decided to switch the memory for premium quality GDDR3 stuff, allowing for far greater overclocking headroom; Not only this, but each and every card goes through a screening process in which only the best of the bunch get to make it onto retail shelves.
Sunnyvale, CA-December 28, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards. Leveraging a strong expertise in high performance overclocking memory and the unique needs of PC enthusiasts, OCZ is prepared to deliver a differentiated GPU solution to gamers and enthusiasts with the launch of the OCZ NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 GTX 768MB PCI Express®.
Separating OCZ's GPU from the rest is the stringent requirement for the highest level of performance and stability. Each and every 8800 GTX card offers more overclocking headroom by means of premium GDDR3 memory and an advanced screening process in which only the best complete cards make it into the systems of worldwide gamers.
Word's quickly flooding the web regarding a dual-GPU X1950 Pro board in the works from Sapphire. This would allow for two cards to be used in tandem (CrossFire mode) for AMD/ATI Quad-GPU goodness. Sapphire plan to call it "The Godfather".
For the full scoop on this beast, head over to the DailyTech.
If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative. Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather. The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.
Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single card is comparable to two Radeon X1950s in Crossfire mode. The card runs on a single x16 PCIe connector. Both dual-link DVI connectors can be utilized at the same time.
NVIDIA have issued out their final "Club SLI" newsletter for 2006 which provides details on how to sign up for the MASSIVE "NVIDIA SLI-Ready Component-A-Day Contest"; Every day for an entire year, NVIDIA and partners will give away an SLI-Ready component to someone with an SLI-Ready or SLI-enabled PC, this totalling in $100,000 worth of prizes!
There's also some info on a survey running at the moment which may well score you one of twelve Tagan 600W PSUs, as well as a briefing on NVIDIA's "SLI Marketplace" webpage.
You can view the newsletter here folks.
Today I got the chance to finally play around with a mighty GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card, or so I thought. I am running a copy of Vista RTM and despite plenty of driver related efforts, there was no way to get nVidia's newest G80 series operating under the new OS.
We tested using an XFX GeForce 8800 GTX and despite spending plenty of time searching Google for drivers, they just don't exist and the ones that do cause an endless amount of blue screens at Windows boot. Folks in several forums around the world have tried modifying .inf files and all sorts of other tricks, but nothing works properly. In a last ditched attempt to get G80 up and running under Vista, I thought of one idea. After looking at the XFX retail box and noticing it mentioned support for Vista, I thought I would actually try the driver on the included CD for a change.
It turns out if you run the XFX autorun setup program in "XP SP2 compatibility mode", it allows you to install the XP driver in Vista - ForceWare 96.85, to be exact. We couldn't be sure if XFX engineers modded the file in anyway but that could be the case. Unfortunately though, while the driver works, it really only lets you run at full screen resolution and nothing much else. When you attempt to do anything 3D related (from watching a DVD to launching 3DMark), the system hard reboots instantly. Excitement was soon turned to disappointment.
We hit up nVidia here in Taiwan with an email about the still outstanding issue and they mentioned they have a driver but are not allowed to hand it out to even their closest partners or press;
In regards to your inquiry about Vista drivers for the GeForce 8800, I've been instructed not to provide these drivers externally. Our Vista drivers that support all of our other products are the first that have been WHQL certified, so please be assured that we do not neglect our driver development. Also, for our Reality Tours and Press Tours, we've demonstrated that the GPU and drivers work under Vista while demoing DX10.
We are waiting on an answer for an exact date of release for the DX10 Vista driver but it's looking like it will be around the middle of January according to our sources. Bad luck if you've just spent a huge amount of money on a G80 and want to use Vista - you'll just have to wait till nVidia release their driver, whenever that might be.