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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: They're going in reverse...
By Dactyl on 10/5/2006 1:52:28 AM , Rating: 1
Gamers who only run 1 computer/1 graphics card don't care about performance per watt.

If I had to run 100 computers, I would care about performance per watt.

Therefore: gamers won't care about performance per watt until NVidia releases an SLI system with 100 GPUs.


RE: They're going in reverse...
By Jkm3141 on 10/9/2006 8:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
and 80% of people in car accidents ate carrots in the week preceeding the accident so therefor carrots must cause car accidents? No. Gamers will never care so much about Performance per watt. The places that it accually matters are in businesses where there are hundreds of computers (hence a hundred times the power consumption of one computer) or servers where they have to be online 24/7 and stable and cannot overheat. Believe it or not power does cost money, granted 1 computer doesnt cost much but it adds up when u have a lot of computers. To the avarage gamer though, performane per watt is a waste of peoples time. People go on a rant about the Performance per watt of their CPU or GPU, but then proceed to put 2 or 4 GPU's in their computers. Way to go.


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