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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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RE: That is cheap
By Pirks on 4/1/2008 11:09:26 PM , Rating: -1
Nah, that POS card is only 320 megs of vram and only 96 stream processors. I wouldn't go for that, because... you add $115 more on top if that and... voila - you got THE FASTEST SINGLE GPU 3D accelerator on the market. OK, one of the fastest 'cause OC'ed Ultra bends it easily in super high resolutions in Crysis, but what the heck...

So instead of inferior middle end card for $115 extra you gonna get really top of the line single GPU card. Sounds like a steal to me.

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.

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