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Moving Servers

I'll be moving the site to a new server this evening. In a few minutes I'll begin to disable the forums, user comments, and card rankings. These features will be re-enabled once the switch is complete. Please bear with us!

Server Move Complete!

If you're reading this, then you're seeing the new site. It might take up to 48 hours for the DNS change to propagate across the internets, but you are seeing the new site already. The server switch went pretty smoothly, but there may be lingering issues that I haven't found yet. So if you see anything out of the ordinary, drop me a line from the contact page.

New 320MB 8800 GTSs will be available next month.

In order to compete with ATi's X1950 Pro line, Nvidia will be releasing a new 8800 GTS with half the memory of the original. The memory bus type will still be the same (320 bit) and Vr-Zone reports that the clock speeds will remain the same, but personally I think this would be a good opportunity for manufacturers lke BFG and XFX to release some nice overclocked 8800 GTSs.

GPUReview.com milestone achieved.

So I was using our awesome video card parser to add some more video cards to the database when I noticed that as of right now we have more than 4,000 video cards in our system ready for your persusal. We are sitting pretty with 4,004 cards in the system and by tonight the parser should be just about empty which will gives us over 4,050 cards.

We of course give thanks to Mike, our beloved founder for getting this all together and for making so many freakin awesome improvements that we have both lost count. Even on top of all his hard work improving the site and keeping things working he has added probably half of the video cards to the system.

And I also have to give mad props to our second most dedicated invidual...me. I really enjoy working on this site and adding thousands of video cards so that we can have the most complete video card resource on the Internet. I am also really handsome.

I encourage Mike to add some of his own comments to this post. Maybe he can drop some hints about things that may soon be added to this wonderful site in the near future.

Edited By Mike:

I've been watching that number creep towards 4,000 for quite a while now, and I glad to finally see it come and go. I'm back in school now, so major updates to the site are going to be rare for the next few months. When I get the chance I'll be adding more articles and transforming the current search page into something really powerful. Lot's of little tweaks are always in the works around here, and I encourage everyone to continue to give me feedback on how I can further improve the site.

Thanks again go to Steve for the enormous amount of time he's put into the database, I couldn't have done it without him.

R600 To Arrive March 9th

VR-Zone is reporting that R600 is set to be launched on March 9th in two different varieties, the X2800XTX and the X2800XT. The XTX will come with either 512MB or a full 1GB of GDDR4 memory clocked at 2.2GHz with a core clock of 750MHz. The XT will have 512MB of GDDR3 clocked at 1.8GHz with a core clock of just 600MHz.

The XTX is sure to be a monster and I am personally foaming at the mouth in anticipation of its much-delayed arrival. I can't wait to see what they're going to do with all that memory bandwidth. I am, however, slightly concerned with the dramatic gap in core clock between the XT and XTX versions. The X1900XTX and X1900XT were much closer together in terms of core clocks. This suggests some issues getting good yields at 750MHz and I certainly hope the XTX doesn't turn into another phantom edition. On the other hand, it's quite encouraging to see no mention of disabled pipelines on the XT version, which might make for some interesting overclocking opportunities.

Check out the VR-Zone article here:

http://www.vr-zone.com/?i=4510

Possible 8600 Ultra, 8600 GT, 8300 GT and 8300 GS specs.

This news comes straight from China via the Google translator. Luckily the specs themselves require no translation. 8600 Ultra and 8600 GT specifications. 8300 GT and 8300 GS specifications. Apparently the 8600 Ultra has a MSRP of $179 and will launch in Q3 of 2007. The 8600 GT has a MSRP of $149 and will launch this May along with the 8300 GT which will have a MSRP of between $89 and $99. The 8300 GS is reported to have a MSRP of $69 to $79 and has no launch date specified.

Last but not least, enjoy this XFX 8600 (could be GT or Ultra) pic.

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Some Nvidia SLi 2.0 rumors to get your juices flowin'.

Vrzone is reporting that there will be some SLi 2.0 hotness on display at CeBIT in March. Apparently 2.0 will bring some "mixed cards" functionality to the table.

 

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Ruby in doll form, but can ATI fans buy one?

Apparently the fine bloggers at Kotaku got their hands on some ATI swag. ATI digital mascot Ruby in doll form! The question now becomes, where can ATI faithful fanboys buy one? Probably on Ebay if the Kotaku guys decide they don't wanna keep it.

 

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Sapphire Releases The X1950 GT

Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT

Today Sapphire announced a slower version of the very popular X1950 Pro: the X1950 GT. Everything is the same between the Pro and GT with the exception of clock speeds.

The X1950 Pro runs at 575 MHz on the core and 690 MHz on the memory (1380 MHz effective). The GT takes things down a notch to 500 MHz on the core and just 600 MHz on the memory (1200 MHz effective). Given that these two cards use exactly the same core, adnt that the core is 80nm, I'm betting that the GT will be a very nice overclocker.

As always, for more information you can check out the card page for the X1950 GT.

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