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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 11:52:44 PM , Rating: -1
That's because you don't run high end games like Crysis. Without Crysis all these older mid end cards like 8800 GTS 320 look pretty decent, I agree.

But then you're saving on SLI mobo and high-power PSU costs if you replace two GTS 320 with one GTS 512 for the same price. Since some games scale better on single GPU compared to SLI I'd say 8800 GTS 512 gets my nod here.

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 ....

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