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NVIDIA debuts GeForce 8800 GT

updated 09:25 am EDT, Mon October 29, 2007

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

NVIDIA today is releasing the GeForce 8800 GT, a new mainstream version of the company's fastest video card series. The chipset takes advantage of an improvement in the manufacturing process to allow much of the speed of top-performing cards with the single slot and cost of older cards. The new core is built on a 65-nanometer process (versus 90 nanometers) and runs far more efficiently: typical power use is 105 watts versus roughly 185 watts for a top-spec 8800 GTX, NVIDIA says. The GT can also potentially outperform the GTS by including more shader units to process pixels and vertices (112 versus 96) and faster clock speeds, boosting the core from 500 to 600MHz and reaching an effective 1.8GHz memory speed compared to the 1.6GHz of the GTS.

The new GeForce is also NVIDIA's first video card to support the PCI Express 2.0 standard, which theoretically offers much higher bandwidth for particularly data-intensive graphics. PureVideo processing has also been fixed compared to the GTS and GTX cards and allows for near-total independence from the CPU when decoding HD video from movie discs or downloads, even at 1080p. Dual dual-link DVI ports should be standard on reference cards with HDCP encryption support for some protected videos.

Shipping today from several well-known video card makers such as Biostar and Gigabyte, the 8800 GT should be available at prices ranging between $199 for a 256MB card or $259 for more advanced 512MB cards. The chipset offers theoretical support for common operating systems but has not yet been announced outside of the Windows platform.



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  1. David Esrati

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    Apple? Hello?

    One of the most disappointing parts of owning a mac- video card selection is minimal. Now with 8% market share- you'd think some drivers would show up? Apple's current video card offering for the Mac Pros has been unchanged for 2 years. That's the digital stone age. Need new cards- drivers NOW.

  1. technocoy

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    Joined: Oct 2002

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    this so doesn't make...

    sense...

    Apple should have a team of guys dedicated to drivers and some of these flagship cards should have mac support on launch... especially since we're on the Intel platform now.

    Some of the amazing things apple does and they can't keep us up to date on graphics drivers?

  1. karmatose

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    Joined: Sep 2007

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    MMMmmm...

    I'll still take my 8800GTX, but that is tempting seeing as how it takes up only one slot... Its making me reconsider. Im sure it would be a lot cooler too.

    Ill have to make a trek to the computer store this weeeknd with the Hacintosh and see if I can get it to work under Natit...

    PS, I feel sorry for you Apple hardware people. You will never know how great your OS can run under your crippled hardware.

  1. Kees

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    Joined: Sep 2001

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    nice

    just saw some benchmarks, it beats the the much more expensive GTS 640Mb in about every test they throw at it. Apple does really need to get with the program on this. The only reasonable choice for a Mac Pro is the ATI Radeon X1900 XT. I'm surprised they can even still order those form AMD/ATi. As for the PC guy being sorry, I'm pretty sure my core2 iMac runs more reliably and is better supported than any vacuum cleaner style hackintosh.

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