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PowerColor breathes new life into the aged AGP platforms, Asus readies "G80"

French tech site PCInpact claims PowerColor will be releasing a Radeon X1950 Pro based product for AGP systems. Images of the proposed Radeon X1950 Pro AGP graphics card are posted on PCInpact as well. The upcoming Radeon X1950 Pro AGP is expected to be clocked higher than its PCI Express counterparts at 600 MHz core and 700 MHz instead of the 575 MHz core and 690 MHz memory on PCI Express parts. In addition to the higher core and memory clocks, PowerColor will equip Radeon X1950 Pro AGP graphics cards with a quiet Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 cooling solution.

In other graphics card related news, XbitLabs has come across images of ASUS’ upcoming G80 GeForce 8800GTX graphics card. The images were originally posted on MyChat but it appears the images were removed. Nevertheless XbitLabs claims the upcoming GeForce 8800GTX graphics card features support for Direct X 10, shader model 4 and NVIDIA’s GigaThread technology, as previously reported by DailyTech. The upcoming card is also expected to support NVIDIA’s Quantum Effects Technology as well.

Two G80 graphics cards will be available including the EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M and EN8800GTS/HTDP/640M. As previously reported, the 8800GTX based card will have 768MB of graphics memory on a 384-bit memory interface while the 8800GTS variant will have 640MB of video memory on a 320-bit interface. Clock speeds of the 8800GTX variant are expected at 575 MHz core and 900 MHz memory.

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By therealnickdanger on 10/25/2006 3:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
Not that I'll buy either of them, but it's still bloody radical to see pics of G80! I'll wait for the refresh before dumping my wheelbarrow of cash.

By AxemanFU on 10/25/2006 3:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
Does it ship with a 1500watt portable gasoline generator? I'm wondering when the day will come that starting a gaming machine is going to sound like a jet fighter warming up for takeoff..we'll be watching the kilowattmeter wheels spin into a blur on our power meters.

Seriously, pretty soon we're going to need 30 and 50 amp service to the "computer room" from the home power drop to run a gaming PC and all it's peripherals...heh.

All that being said, I bet the GFX will be sweet with DX10.

By edge929 on 10/25/2006 4:40:39 PM , Rating: 2
"I'm wondering when the day will come that starting a gaming machine is going to sound like a jet fighter warming up for takeoff"

*LOL* My rig already sounds like that thanks to my 3x 92mm Tornado fans on full! But seriously, power requirements for the latest and greatest video cards shouldn't need their own Hoover Dam. Sure, we upgrade CPU, memory and GPUs every so often but when was the last time you REALLY needed to upgrade your power supply? Those should have at least twice the longevity in a given system.

PS- Where can I get some DAM bait?

By stmok on 10/25/2006 5:16:54 PM , Rating: 2

Actually, I heard Nvidia is shipping a Mr Fusion reactor with every GeForce 8800GTX. You see, news from Nvidia's R&D say the challenge was to find a large enough power source to actually start this GF card! Rumour has it, it requires 1.21 GigaWatts!

Naturally, Mr Fusion took up Nvidia's challenge and developed a micro version of their infamous reactor for the PC desktop market. Like previous designs, the reactor feeds on garbage.

Please note, the reactor supplements the existing PC's PSU. It does NOT replace it!



By xsilver on 10/25/2006 7:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
no mr fusion actually feeds on fanboi rumors....
it would run forever for free. :)

By PrinceGaz on 10/25/2006 7:18:27 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, pretty soon we're going to need 30 and 50 amp service to the "computer room" from the home power drop to run a gaming PC and all it's peripherals...heh.

Move from the US to the EU and your amperage requirements will be halved thanks to our higher mains voltage; here in Britain any normal household electrical socket can deliver 3KW (13 amps), and our standard wiring in use for several decades allows 30 amps in total to be drawn continuously from any mains wiring ring so pretty much any room in the house with a pair of sockets is able to provide about 6 kilowatts of power. Assuming you can afford to pay the electric bill, of course :)

By soydios on 10/25/2006 8:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'll be waiting until R700 or G90, which supposedly will rein in the absurd power/heat of the current and next generation GPUs.

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