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Gentlemen, start your DirectX10 engines

DailyTech received its first looks at a GeForce 8800 production sample today, and by the looks of it, the card is a monster: at least with regard to size and power requirements.

The GeForce 8800 comes in two flavors, which we will get into more detail about over the course of the next few days.  The first card, the GeForce 8800GTX, is the full blown G80 experience, measuring a little less than 11 inches in length.  The GeForce 8800GTS is a cut down version of the first, and only 9 inches in length.

The marketing material included with the card claims NVIDIA requires at least a 450W power supply for a single GeForce 8800GTX, and 400W for the 8800GTS.  Top tier vendors in Taiwan have already confirmed with DailyTech that GeForce 8800 cards in SLI mode will likely carry a power supply "recommendation" of 800W.  NVIDIA's GeForce 7950GX2, currently the company's top performing video card, carries a recommendation of 400W to run the card in single-card mode. 

NVIDIA is slated to launch both versions of the GeForce 8800 in November of this year.  More details on the GeForce 8800 will be available later today on DailyTech.

Update 10/05/2006: We originally reported the GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS are 9" in length.  The reference design for the 8800GTX is actually a little less than 11 inches.  The GTX has two 6-pin power adaptors, the GTS has only one.


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RE: exciting stuff comming
By danz32 on 10/5/2006 12:57:51 AM , Rating: 2
I cant wait :) I am building my new computer next summer...I originally planned for this winter, but prices are going to be too high on launch for the dx10 video card I would want. I also want to see how quad core pans out, and hopefully the Asus Republic of Gamers motherboard will come out for Core 2 Duo.

And Vista is coming out...It is a sweet time in the technology world :)


RE: exciting stuff comming
By Wwhat on 10/5/2006 7:24:52 AM , Rating: 1
Sweet apart from the vista part you mean.


RE: exciting stuff comming
By kilkennycat on 10/5/2006 10:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
You timing of next Summer (or maybe even Fall) is perfect. Both AMD and Intel will be battling on quad-core processors, Vista will be slightly stable and the core and drivers might even have got to 80% of XPs efficiency in gaming and second generation DX10 cards will be available.
And all the "early adopters" will have paid their dues. Meanwhile, I'll happily soldier on with my o/c'd X2 4400+.


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