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Nvidia GeForce 8800 to launch in mid November.

The DirectX 10 GeForce 8800 will be out in the middle of next month (Right before my 24th birthday. Hint hint.) according to the folks over at DigiTimes. Go and read the story, because remember....Reading is FUNdamental! (Jumps and freezes in mid-air.)

More G80 Details at DailyTech

DailyTech has a bunch more tidbits about nVidia's upcoming next generation video card G80. G80 is just right around the corner now, so expect more details to be leaking out every couple of days.

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4441

PCI Express 2.0 is nearing completetion.

So PCI Express 2.0 is nearly complete and the folks at Cnet have the scoop. It is going to be faster and apparently it will be able to supply more power through the slot itself.

DailyTech has RV570 Details!

DailyTech has an article up about a pre-release version of a Radeon X1950 Pro aka RV570. The performance looks pretty good, but the most interesting part has to be the new internal CrossFire connector. Have a look: 

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4472

ATI announces the X1950 Pro.

ATI has gone and done the expected today and announced the X1950 Pro via this press release. Here is "the meatiest" part of the release for those of you who do not like hunting for "the meat":

"The Radeon X1950 Pro is the first graphics card to make use of new native CrossFire™ technology, simplifying the multi-GPU experience by eliminating the need for a branded CrossFire Edition card. Using CrossFire bridge interconnect cables that attach directly to the cards, installation is easy and gamers get a clean, elegant look. Native CrossFire technology also delivers the same high-performance multi-GPU gaming experience CrossFire is known for, enabling high resolutions and refresh rates. The new CrossFire technology works on the same broad range of Intel and AMD platforms that cable CrossFire technology supports, including AMD socket 939 and AM2 motherboards, and Intel® 975X and P965 motherboards."

The card is supposed to be available today so we will be gathering all the card details and reviews for the database.

Check out our list of specs, retail cards, and reviews here

Tidbits: Radeon X1950 XT, Vista Drivers, and overclocked 7950 GTs

As I ran around frantically today trying to get all the information on the new Radeon X1950 Pro sorted, I noticed a couple of interesting things. Sapphire, as expected, put up a page about the X1950 Pro on their website, but they also put up a page about an as-yet-unseen X1950 XT. The card has 256 MB of memory, and apparently only 36 shader processors. From the card pics, it appears to be based on R580 and sport the same cooling solution as the X1900 XT and XTX. Not sure what's going on here, but I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for more retail incarnations of this card. For more info head over to the Radeon X1950 XT page.

The second thing I noticed was brand spanking new WHQL certified Vista drivers from nVidia. I just installed them and all seems well. Unfortunately, nView and the nVidia control panel are still absent from the drivers. If you're running Vista you can pick up these drivers here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_96.85.html

Last but not least, I noticed the addition of several overclocked versions of the 7950GT to XFX's and evga's websites. Though nobody seems to be making a big fuss over them, I find it hard to believe that their appearance on the same day as the X1950 Pro is a coincidence. You can check out those cards on the GeForce 7950 GT page.

UPDATE: Connect3D put up an x1950xt as well, and Sapphire corrected their page to say 48 pixel shader pipelines. So all seems to be well.

GeForce 8800's Showing Up All Over

The launch of nVidia's new 8800 series GeForce's isn't until November 8th but images of the cards are starting to show up all over the place. In the pics we see a new dual-SLi connector (much like the CrossFire connector on the X1950 Pro) and the final painted up version of that big cooler. The dual power connections are still present on the GTX model, and there appears to be at least one version of the board (presumably the GTS) that only has one connector, and a somewhat smaller PCB. There's also a shot of the board without the cooler attached revealing an absolutely massive chip with a heatspreader, and a smaller chip whose function isn't yet known (or at least I personally don't know). Here are all the links I've noticed thus far:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=78819

http://www.tomshw.it/articles/20061024/8800%20GTS_7_PhbEyYpicNQ3_c.jpg

And oh yeah, did I mention GDDR4?

UPDATE:

Gigabyte has pages up for their 8800s, thought not to many details are currently present:

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2399

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2400

UPDATE The 2nd Coming! By Steve:

Here are some nice shots of the Asus 8800 GTX: 

http://xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20061023142704.html

ATi Launches The X1650 XT

With this handicapped X1950 Pro, ATi finally has a decent offering at the $150 price point. Though it's kinda sad it took them 8 months to produce a card that can only just match the performance of a 7600 GT. Nevertheless it's a great bang for the buck. Catch all the specs and reviews here:

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