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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 mindless1 on 10/5/2006 2:03:34 AM , Rating: 2
What are they thinking? It's pretty obvious- that those who want lower powered video cards already have several choices, but those wanting utmost performance will be on a neverending buying spree.

It's great that you recognize your needs and don't waste power or mony with an overkill video card, and most OTHER people don't either - remember that Intel integrated video IS the most used video solution in PCs.

So it is a bit ridiculous how much power they're using, but they'll also devalue lesser cards too which is good for consumers.

RE: They're going in reverse...
By Pirks on 10/5/2006 9:45:59 AM , Rating: 2
exactly, this is the most sensible business strategy everyone follows - reap the most money off the first gen cool technology and then improve it and refine it and make mass market polished versions later when all the early adopters paid $$$$$$ for the first gen hardware - this is what we see here. unfortunately, I'd bet the DX10 cards when released will create a new record in price - they will actually market it as "over the ultra" market segment, you know, people that want even more than latest 7900 quad SLI, so this will obviously create a new price level - I predict street/ebay prices to be around $700/$800 at launch, for the very first buyers, maybe even more, but then quickly declining. so you're wrong that they will push the mass market prices down and "devalue" them. no they won't, in THIS generation they won't, but in the next they WILL (when power reqs are back to normal after die shrink), this is just how the market works.

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