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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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By hans007 on 10/5/2006 4:20:56 AM , Rating: 2
honestly i don tthink the power requirements even matter. performance per watt was a big server / rack space thing. most enthusiasts probably dont care.

people still buy x1900xts even though they use over twice the power of a 7900gt.

if this card performs people will buy , that simple. besides the ATI one is supposed to use even more power. and the demographic this is being sold to "gamers" genreally could care less about power / noise. generally anyway

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By Wwhat on 10/5/2006 7:38:16 AM , Rating: 2
Over twice? talk about being silly in exaggeration, ha.
And don't forget that graphic cards rev up for #D gameplay and use much less during normal operation.
but with vista it gets tricky, ATI I know won't rev up unless 3D is in fullscreen so I hope the vista aero interface won't put it 24/7 in high gear and keep it still in check.

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By Pirks on 10/6/2006 5:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
don't worry Wwhat, just read this and stay happy ;)

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By Wwhat on 10/7/2006 2:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
Cool, thanks for the link.

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