The inquirer has very in depth information on G80 this morning. This goes quite a ways beyond just clock speeds and memory configurations. Worth a look if you're chomping at the bit for new info (like I always am).
DailyTech has some performance numbers on the 8800 GTX for us. They even compared it to the X1950 XTX. How does a 92% increase in frame rate over the X1950 XTX sound to you?
So this normal Joe went to a store on Friday November 3rd and saw an Evga 8800 GTX on the shelf along with 5 8800 GTSs. He of course bought the GTX and he has posted some pictures for us here, and I have rehosted and posted some of them below. The poor guy got his photobucket account shut down as well.
With just about 24 hours left before the NDA lifts, some retail cards have started showing up on manufacturer websites. The first to jump the gun was Foxconn, I'll be monitoring the rest of the day to see if anything new shows up. Doesn't look like there's anything here we don't know already, but if you're looking for your pre-launch G80 fix, this should hold you till all the big reviews hit tomorrow morning:
nVidia's latest brings everything we wanted to the table and then some. Nearly double the performance of an X1950 XTX with Anti-Aliasing modes and 16X Anisotropic filtering that is *by default* noticeably better than ATi's high quality AF setting. This is hard launch and cards should be available starting today, though there's no telling how long they will remain in stock.
The specifications of these new cards are very different from any card we've ever seen before, so I encourage everyone not to read too deeply into the specifications we currently have listed for them, and instead read the full-length reviews and look at real-world benchmarks as they become available.
We'll be keeping track of reviews and retail cards as they appear and we'll be posting them to their respective card pages. Check back often, there will be new information coming in all day.
|GeForce 8800 GTX ||GeForce 8800 GTS |
I don't know how we missed this but the MAD scientists over at Galaxy have put two 7900 GT cores onto one wonderful graphics card! Introducing the Galaxy Masterpiece GeForce 7900GT Dual Core. It features a huge 1,024MB frame buffer, HDCP readiness, and an included HDMI cable. If you have a beefy power supply plug two of these (or 3) into your SLI capable motherboard and rock the world till it dies! Then tell us about it in our comments section.
According to this article, 2 of these cards can not be used together (quad SLi) and the cards must be used on a nForce 4 motherboard in order for both cores on the card to function.
Supposedly these drivers enable CrossFire support without the use of an external dongle on x1900 and x1950 cards. Though I would imagine you'll get a performance hit with all that compositing data flying back and forth across your pci-e bus.
Get 'em while they're hot: Catalyst Download Page
Now that G80's launch has come and gone, it's time to start speculating about ATi's next architecture: R600. The Inquirer has some interesting rumors posted on their front page today. Personally, I'll be surprised if R600 launches with a 512bit memory interface.
Hardspell has an article up about some recent pictures of R600 that surfaced in the last 48 hours or so. The chip is huge, but actually doesn't look quite as big as G80, that's the 80nm process coming into play. Check out the translated version at the link below, and thanks to Track for pointing this out.