updated 02:45 pm EST, Tue February 12, 2008
GeForce 9800 GX2 in March
NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2 has had its launch pushed back by weeks, according to a message allegedly sent by the company to partners producing video cards. While originally poised to launch later this month, the new dual-GPU card is now set to launch on March 11th and is believed to be caught in a late pre-production stage, with both final clock speeds as well as functioning models still out of partners' hands. Initial plans have pointed to a 650MHz clock speed for each core and an effective 1.8GHz for memory.
A warning label (pictured below) is also being provided to card makers to ensure that customers properly feed the GX2's exceptionally high power requirements; two separate PCI Express power connectors will be required for the new GeForce to work in a single slot, NVIDIA says in the leak. The need largely stems from the performance demanded by each individual chip, which includes the same 128 stream (unified visual shader) processors as today's high-end GeForce 8800 GTX but also the higher clock speeds and improved feature set.
NVIDIA has not officially revealed the GX2 or expected lower-end cards, such as the GeForce 9600 GT.