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.
quote: And yes once you have DX10 games you need a DX10 gfx card to play them, ie it becomes a requirement in a sense, and DX10 will only be available on vista.