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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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Do we only care about power?
By leidegre on 10/16/2006 4:42:54 AM , Rating: 2
It's like hooking up the loudest possible vacum-cleaner to your computer.

Jokes aside, the fact that the tremendous power graphic card manufacture's are pushing through this kind of development, is kinda odd. It's been said before, but while all other development world wide, is going to more environmental firendly, and more power saving, and less heat, the graphics manufactures are still going for power trough watt.

ATI, beeing the leader of mobile graphics, might actually turn up with some intresting parts in the next year, the aquisition by AMD, will hopefully create a new market, and hopefully ATI/AMD will be able to establish a more environmentel friendly and less power consuming graphics solution. And might even be able to compete with Intel's integrated graphics. Not perfomance wise, but value and enironmental wise.

I want power, but I also want to avoid speding money on expensive cooling/sound proofing solutions.

It's an intressting thoguht, anyway...

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