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DirectX 10 compliant GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS headed your way

DailyTech's hands-on with the GeForce 8800 series continues with more information about the GPU and the retail boards. The new NVIDIA graphics architecture will be fully compatible with Microsoft’s upcoming DirectX 10 API with support for shader model 4.0, and represents the company's 8th generation GPU in the GeForce family.

NVIDIA has code-named G80 based products as the GeForce 8800 series. While the 7900 and 7800 series launched with GT and GTX suffixes, G80 will do away with the GT suffix. Instead, NVIDIA has revived the GTS suffix for its second fastest graphics product—a suffix that hasn’t been used since the GeForce 2 days.

NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800GTX will be the flagship product. The core clock will be factory clocked at 575 MHz. All GeForce 8800GTX cards will be equipped with 768MB of GDDR3 memory, to be clocked at 900 MHz. The GeForce 8800GTX  will also have a 384-bit memory interface and deliver 86GB/second of memory bandwidth. GeForce 8800GTX graphics cards are equipped with 128 unified shaders clocked at 1350 MHz. The theoretical texture fill-rate is around 38.4 billion pixels per second.

Slotted right below the GeForce 8800GTX is the slightly cut-down GeForce 8800GTS. These graphics cards will have a G80 GPU clocked at a slower 500 MHz. The memory configuration for GeForce 8800GTS cards slightly differ from the GeForce 8800GTX. GeForce 8800GTS cards will be equipped with 640MB of GDDR3 graphics memory clocked at 900 MHz. The memory interface is reduced to 320-bit and overall memory bandwidth is 64GB/second. There will be fewer unified shaders with GeForce 8800GTS graphics cards. 96 unified shaders clocked at 1200 MHz are available on GeForce 8800GTS graphics cards.

Additionally GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS products are HDCP compliant with support for dual dual-link DVI, VIVO and HDTV outputs. All cards will have dual-slot coolers too.  Expect GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS products to launch the second week of November 2006. This will be a hard launch as most manufacturers should have boards ready now.

Power requirements for the G80 were detailed in an earlier DailyTech article.

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Tough times for ATI
By yusuf on 10/5/2006 2:00:40 AM , Rating: 2
if indeed ATI are going to be 3 months late till they launch the R600, then they will be slaughtered by nvidia for another quarter.
maybe nvidia will turn out to be the sole high-end graphics provider in the industry after this AMD-ATI merger(ala 3dfx).

RE: Tough times for ATI
By Mortal on 10/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Tough times for ATI
By Sharky974 on 10/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Tough times for ATI
By Sharky974 on 10/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Tough times for ATI
By Sharky974 on 10/5/2006 4:48:29 AM , Rating: 2
This makes sense of "stream processor" terminology as well.

RE: Tough times for ATI
By S3anister on 10/5/2006 2:48:44 PM , Rating: 3
3 -1s in a row lol.

i don't think i've seen that until now on DT.

and I don't really think it will be hard times for ATi, they'll most likely just work a little harder, a litle longer to get something to beat nVidia. but then again nVidia will have market share for DX10 cards.... for a little while.

RE: Tough times for ATI
By Mortal on 10/5/2006 5:45:47 PM , Rating: 2
Don't really see why mine is at -1 yet the original comment isn't, considering it's a completely ludicrous idea. Oh well.

Anyone following the graphics industry can see that discrete video cards could go the way of the dodo if Intel and AMD push with their new motherboard transport-link architectures.

RE: Tough times for ATI
By Sharky974 on 10/5/06, Rating: -1
RE: Tough times for ATI
By skroh on 10/5/2006 8:58:53 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not sure why "nVidia fanbots" would downrate your post, given that the last two lines of the quote, if read carefully, imply that the G80 design is superior and will scale better going forward. Or didn't you notice that?

RE: Tough times for ATI
By akugami on 10/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Tough times for ATI
By Chillin1248 on 10/6/2006 1:47:57 AM , Rating: 3
8800 GTS will be $449-$499 MSRP.
8800 GTX will be $649 MSRP


RE: Tough times for ATI
By Tyler 86 on 10/6/2006 2:46:52 AM , Rating: 3
Great googly moogly!

RE: Tough times for ATI
By Sharky974 on 10/12/2006 7:33:34 AM , Rating: 1
How many? Probably as many times as I get modded down.

Here is what he said (in the know)

speaking for DX10 ASIC such as G80 per se . with numerous arrays of MIMD 1D ALU which could

be seen as

128X1(MIMD 1D)X2(Double-Clock)=256


(4+1D) 5X64=320

besides R600 has better raw performance whilst G80 have better arrays of ALU suffice for

better utilization hence optimal future.

I will repost this everytime I am modded down by nvidia fanbots.

I hate the modding systems on boards. It's rule of the ignorant masses.

RE: Tough times for ATI
By KristopherKubicki on 10/13/2006 4:13:58 PM , Rating: 2

Although I do not think you deserve to be modded down, you're clearly violating the intended use of the comment system. If you keep it up you're going to take a vacation.


RE: Tough times for ATI
By Sharky974 on 10/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Tough times for ATI
By Chillin1248 on 10/7/2006 8:25:40 AM , Rating: 3
How many times Mr. Sharky are you going to post the same statement which ironically has no significance to the situation at hand?

Not that I know enough about the R600 or even G80 architecture to agree or disagree with your statement, but just cool it down on the last sentence will you?


RE: Tough times for ATI
By Scrogneugneu on 10/8/2006 3:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
I would say that continually reposting the same message that was modded down is a kind of trick to get around the system, therefore it should be considered illegal.

Hence, you should get a warning, and a ban on failure to stop.

RE: Tough times for ATI
By NullSubroutine on 10/20/2006 8:42:06 AM , Rating: 1
down with the system!

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