The EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX



The XFX GeForce 8800GTX
DirectX 10 on a PCI Express card

NVIDIA is set to announce its G80 GeForce 8800 series graphics processors today. The new G80 GeForce 8800 series graphics processors introduce new features such as unified shaders, NVIDIA’s GigaThread technology, Quantum Effects physics processing, 128-bit floating point HDR lighting, 16x anti-aliasing and full support for Microsoft’s upcoming DirectX 10 with shader model 4.0 support.

This time around two models will initially be available—the GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS. The GeForce 8800 GTX is NVIDIA’s flagship 8800-series graphics processor for this generation. It will have 128 unified shaders that NVIDIA refers to as stream processors. The 128 stream processors will be clocked at 1350 MHz while the rest of the GPU has a 575 MHz GPU clock. Backing the 128 stream processors is 768MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 900 MHz for an effective 1.8 GHz on a 384-bit memory bus. All GeForce 8800 GTX-based graphics cards will be equipped with a dual-slot cooler. GeForce 8800 GTX cards will be quite long too, with a 10.5” PCB length.

Slotted below the GeForce 8800 GTX is the GeForce 8800 GTS. The GeForce 8800 GTS is slightly cut down and only features 96 stream processors clocked at 1200 MHz. Video memory is also decreased to 640MB as well. Nevertheless, the memory is clocked at 800 MHz for an effective 1.6 GHz on a 320-bit interface. GeForce 8800 GTS based graphics cards will also have a lower 500 MHz core clock as well. While GeForce 8800 GTS based cards will feature a similar dual-slot cooler as the GeForce 8800 GTX, the PCB length is shortened to 9 inches.

EVGA today will release its GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS based graphics cards as well. As with most NVIDIA graphics card releases, the EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX and e-GeForce 8800 GTS match NVIDIA’s reference specifications. Nevertheless, the EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX and e-GeForce 8800 GTS feature dual dual-link DVI outputs and TV output capabilities. The TV output capabilities include component, S-Video and composite video outputs.

XFX announced its GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS based products this morning as well. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS are based on NVIDIA reference designs and have the same memory and clock configurations as other GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS based cards. Nevertheless, XFX touts a double lifetime warranty which allows the lifetime warranty to be transferred to a second owner.

ASUS announced one GeForce 8800 GTX and another GeForce 8800 GTS card earlier this morning.  Both cards will be bundled with Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter.  ASUS is also one of the few manufacturers that openly claims HDCP support, even though the compliance is present on all 8800-series cards launching today.

MSI will also be releasing GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS based products. The MSI NX8800GTX and NX8800GTS follow NVIDIA specifications like EVGA. Nevertheless, the cards support dual dual-link DVI and HDTV outputs. MSI NX8800GTX and NX8800GTS graphics cards feature Dual CoreCell technology and include MSI specific utilities. These utilities include MSI StarOSD for tweaking and MSI Advanced Live Update Online for automated BIOS updating.

The GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS will be hard launched with immediate availability, despite minor setbacks with defective graphics cards. NVIDIA suggested pricing for the GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS is $599 and $499 respectively.

DailyTech previously explored performance of the GeForce 8800 GTX.

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