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NVIDIA launches its GeForce 9800 GTX and AMD announces the world's first DisplayPort graphics card

NVIDIA today officially launched its high-end GeForce 9800 GTX. The 9800 GTX was previously expected to launch last week, but an 11th-hour embargo change shifted the launch to this week. The 9800 GTX replaces NVIDIA's 8800 GTX as the new single-GPU high end card.

The 9800 GTX is based on NVIDIA's G92 graphics core. The card features 128 shaders, a 675MHz core, a 1.69GHz shader clock, and a 2.2GHz (effective) memory clock. The card also comes with 512 MB of memory on a 256-bit bus.

One of the main features of the 9800 GTX is its support for 3-way SLI. For this reason, the cards feature two SLI connectors on top. Unfortunately, NVIDIA limits this capability to only NVIDIA chipsets.

The new card requires users to plug in two six-pin PCI Express power connectors. It also comes outfitted with a larger cooler compared to previous NVIDIA cards.

The 9800 GTX features a suggested retail price of $300. Comparatively, this sets the card in direct competition with AMD's 3870X2, which is available at the $400 price point.

In addition to NVIDIA's launches, AMD today announced its FireGL V7700 graphics card, which features a DisplayPort output. According to AMD, the card is the first workstation graphics card that comes equipped with a DisplayPort output.

The FireGL V7700 is based on the AMD RV670 graphics core and comes with 320 stream processors. It also features Shader Model 4.0 support, 512MB of memory, and PCI Express 2.0 complaince. AMD says the card has a maximum theoretical memory bandwidth of 72GB/s. 

AMD Guidance says the card will sport a $1,099 retail tag. The first batch is expected to begin shipping next month.

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That is cheap
By Oroka on 4/1/2008 10:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't the normal price for the top card usually up near $600? This would be a steal for the best nVidia single GPU card.

RE: That is cheap
By TMV192 on 4/1/2008 10:58:28 PM , Rating: 5
I personally don't consider high end cards a steal unless it really is a lot cheaper than expected. What's a real steal is like the 8800GTS for $115 after rebate on NewEgg

RE: That is cheap
By Pirks on 4/1/08, Rating: -1
RE: That is cheap
By Gio6518 on 4/1/2008 11:34:03 PM , Rating: 1
im running 8800gtx in sli, and my kids have 8800gts 320mb in sli all running amd 6400+ processors, as far as game benchmarks go, we come out with the same FPS (in some games the GTS came out ahead), the only time there's a noticable difference is with 3dmark 06 where the GTX will pull off about 500 more points, so i would hardly call the 320mb a crappy card, in fact running the GTS 320mb version in sli will beat out the GTX single for about the same price

RE: That is cheap
By Pirks on 4/1/08, Rating: -1
RE: That is cheap
By Gio6518 on 4/2/2008 2:44:47 AM , Rating: 3
yes i do run high end games like crysis, and it runs incredible, if it didnt i would upgrade ,but damn i wont get your nod (my life is so incomplete especially from someone thats completely lost, and talking out of his butt)

RE: That is cheap
By leexgx on 4/2/2008 9:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
you can still buy old 8800GTS 320/620mb cards ?

stick with 512mb cards only and the 8800 GTS 512 cards (or GT)

RE: That is cheap
By Gio6518 on 4/2/2008 11:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
you can still buy old 8800GTS 320/620mb cards ?

probabally would of if they made them a year ago when i bought them, and its 640mb

and as far as the 320mb goes theyre beating same config with 8800gt oc'd to 650mhz (XFX)

RE: That is cheap
By lagitup on 4/2/2008 2:57:55 AM , Rating: 5
please read anandtechs articles
crysis is cpu bound. The athlon 6400 cant keep up with 2 8800s (my athlon 52 cant keep up with my one )= )
The 9800gtx isnt all that good. To use your logic, why not add another 115 bucks to it? voila! a 3870x2! Not only a superior architecture, also sli on a sti - excuse me - crossfire on a card. Or you could go 100 bucks down for the
same card with a different number and suffix (g92 8800gts),1558,2280697...
Either way, that "fastest single card on the market" doesnt look so good now doesnt it?

RE: That is cheap
By batman4u on 4/2/2008 1:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
I dont Know But everybody saying That 329dlls for the Geforce 9800 is a rip off, its not and you are way off.

videocard manufacturers years back where OK when middle cards where around 200 and high end 400 ....but after Geforce 6800 and X800 prices got stupidly out of control.... worst of all , people would pay for it!!!

i think as Tech in video cards is alot slower than 2 years ago Nvidia is getting to their senses and leveling overpriced Videocards.

And in Reviews Crysis is overrated!!! i Have a 8800GT (G92) and a AMD 5000 with 4 disk Raid 0 and run 1650X1050 at high settings and runs smooth!! so dont base your lives to some review.... test it your selfs if your gonna blabber like that..... i even have used a HD2600 in Half life Episode 2 and ran Perfectly Good Quality when Tomshardware said that i wouldnt be able to run more than 10FPS ....

RE: That is cheap
By piroroadkill on 4/2/2008 4:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
People bought the 6400+? I like AMD just as much as the next, and want them to really pull out all the stops, but there's no getting away from the fact that buying anything other than Intel Core 2 at the present time is a horrible error

RE: That is cheap
By Alexvrb on 4/2/2008 8:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
Because if you look at total platform costs, you can still build a really decent budget rig using AMD chips. Not just budget, either. The Phenom 9000 series chips can be had pretty cheaply, too.

If you're after maximum performance only, I would agree with you.

RE: That is cheap
By eye smite on 4/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: That is cheap
By Pryde on 4/4/2008 2:26:39 AM , Rating: 2
Intel, inventor of the x86 processor.

AMD makes x86 processor which HT is used in.

OMG AMD is copying Intel.

PS I must be a intel fanboi, you amd boys can keep your TLB bugs.

RE: That is cheap
By eye smite on 4/5/08, Rating: 0
RE: That is cheap
By eye smite on 4/6/2008 7:42:08 PM , Rating: 1
Keep rating me down dummies.

RE: That is cheap
By eye smite on 4/8/2008 11:59:52 AM , Rating: 2
Gotta love the idiots that still keep rating me down out of prejudice and simple idiocy.

RE: That is cheap
By Pirks on 4/1/2008 11:02:13 PM , Rating: 4

Haha, you calling THAT cheap... who're you gonna fool with that, huh? ;-)

Yes, a 9800 GTX for only $230. I am serious. Here's the link, enjoy:

And it comes with a really cool RPG game by the way.

Something tells me newegg will have a large sale of those real cheap MSI 8800 GTS cards, and not many people gonna buy that marketing 9800GTX ploy from nVidia.

Selling same hardware for extra $100? Thanks nVidia, we love ya :-)

RE: That is cheap
By feelingshorter on 4/1/2008 11:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
Thats an overclocked card though, so whos to say the GTX cannot overclock even further? But your talking high end here, it hardly matters to the people who buy these how much it costs but at 300...i'd also say its "cheap." Must wait until SC2 comes out.....must...before buying anything. But not only do these card costs more, the latest anandtech review shows that they do suck up tons of power so a stronger PSU is definitely needed. Wait until the winter and you can use it as a heater.

RE: That is cheap
By Pirks on 4/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: That is cheap
By bill3 on 4/2/2008 3:36:46 AM , Rating: 2
Not even that good. A while back XFX 9600Gt's were at newegg for 129 after rebate. 2 for 260 blow your deal out of the water.

SLI barely speeds up crysis anyway though, it's a bunch of crap.

RE: That is cheap
By Marlowe on 4/2/2008 8:18:46 AM , Rating: 5
Why do you all talk about playing Crysis like it's actually anything else than a poorly optimzed game not worth your time anyways? Talk about something else already please.

RE: That is cheap
By ComfyNumb on 4/2/2008 12:27:33 AM , Rating: 5
I disagree and think that anyone who says they are a deal is LOST... Lost in a land of PR and adverts... You are payin that much for old tech.. Old tech that was shrunk and is cheaper to produce.. For anyone who went out and purchased a top of the line 8800 series and now has purchased this.. you have been ripped off.. You just purchase a renamed shrunk down version of the same card... Only good thing that may have come from this is cooler temps.. and with nvidia.. i doubt it.

RE: That is cheap
By Gio6518 on 4/2/2008 2:49:16 AM , Rating: 2
ahhhhhhhhhhh someone that understands

RE: That is cheap
By 4wardtristan on 4/2/2008 7:46:32 AM , Rating: 3
lol dude *clearly* you dont know how the world of computers works

this card has a 9 on the front, not a 8.

it must be good!


RE: That is cheap
By 325hhee on 4/2/2008 9:35:31 AM , Rating: 3
[quote] lol dude *clearly* you dont know how the world of computers works

this card has a 9 on the front, not a 8.

it must be good!

/sarcasm [/quote]

But my Guitar amp goes up to 11.

RE: That is cheap
By Sulphademus on 4/2/2008 11:21:20 AM , Rating: 2
But for those of us who dont have an 8800GTX and want more power this is GREAT!

RE: That is cheap
By afkrotch on 4/2/2008 3:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
Hell ya. Wanted to replace my old 7900GTX, so this is a deal to me, over the price tag of an 8800GTX. Still contemplating on the GX2 though.

RE: That is cheap
By Silver2k7 on 4/2/2008 3:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
"This would be a steal for the best nVidia single GPU card. "

Considering this is the Third time an 8800 series card is launched.. its no wonder that they are not super expensive any more.. I guess there will be a 4th time as 9900 with a die shrink of the GPU to 55nm, before we see any next gen card.

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