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NVIDIA's next-generation mid-range offerings are just 10 days away

Earlier this week review publications received their test kits for the GeForce 8300 through 8600. The bulk of these cards, the GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS will launch on April 17, with the GeForce 8300 GS and GeForce 8400 GS following soon after.

DailyTech published technical details of these cards last month. In a nutshell:
  • GeForce 8600 GTS -- 256 MB GDDR3, 675 MHz core clock, 1000 MHz memory clock
  • GeForce 8600 GT -- 256 MB GDDR3, 540 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
  • GeForce 8500 GT -- 128 to 256 MB DDR2 or GDDR3, 450 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
NVIDIA claims these three cards will be available at launch.  The 8600 GTS will fill the $199 to $229 price point, followed by the 8600 GT ($149 to $159) and the GeForce 8500 GT ($89 to $129).

The GeForce 8400 GS and 8300 GS will bring up the rear with 450 MHz core clocks and 400 MHz memory clocks. However, these two GPUs will only show up in OEM systems and will not likely make an appearance in your local hardware store.

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RE: What about performance?
By therealnickdanger on 4/7/2007 3:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
...then Nvidia looks like it has a problem.

Yeah, there aren't any perfected drivers for it yet... Be patient. The card isn't even out yet.

RE: What about performance?
By Chillin1248 on 4/7/2007 5:33:51 PM , Rating: 2
According to a (in my opinion) more reliable site, the 8600 GTS performs slightly better than a 7900 GT:

However they did manage to get a rediculous overclock on it:


RE: What about performance?
By tuteja1986 on 4/8/2007 4:18:21 AM , Rating: 2
Some people in Australia already have bought the 7600GT since one shop broke the early date sale terms.

RE: What about performance?
By PrinceGaz on 4/9/2007 9:22:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, I would imagine lots of people in Australia (and elsewhere) have already bought the 7 600GT, as it has now been available for over a year ;p

RE: What about performance?
By Ajax9000 on 4/10/2007 3:19:27 AM , Rating: 2
RE: What about performance?
By Alpha4 on 4/7/2007 5:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
Are there any cases you can recall where mid-life drivers significantly improved performance? I don't mean with specific games like Black & White 2 or Doom III, just overall.

RE: What about performance?
By Lakku on 4/7/2007 10:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, nVidia did it to ATi back when the original Radeon released. I believe it was for the Geforce 2 GTS or Geforce 3, but on ATi's launch day, nVidia released new drivers that made their cards quite a bit better. It seemed like it was planned that way all along. Perhaps nVidia will do it again to R600 (or just release a refreshed card), but that may just be wishful thinking. Anyway, I believe the 8 series/R600 and beyond will benefit from drivers more then cards in the past, due to the increased need for software to work with hardware to dictate, on the fly, how much processing should go to pixel, vertex, and/or geometry shading. Make drivers, over time, to do this job more efficiently, and I think you will see some noticeable performance gains.

RE: What about performance?
By SquidianLoveGod on 4/8/2007 12:50:32 AM , Rating: 2
Nvidia bought out the company that did Wicked 3D, Which actually released drivers for they're products which would give a 25% boost in performance.
These New mid ranged cards are still new, the drivers are still young, Performance will increase, I remember awhile ago during the days of the FX series, Nvidia released drivers which increased performance on my TNT2 M64 card, I was astonished at the feat.

I personally would go for a 7900GS price/performance.

RE: What about performance?
By Marlowe on 4/8/2007 8:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
Ooh! I've also had a TNT2 M64! :D

I exchanged my S3 Savage4 with one :) Great card! Remember playing good old Unreal(1) on it :D

RE: What about performance?
By AstroCreep on 4/8/2007 3:03:30 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously! Hell, we haven't even seen the ATI/AMD offerings yet, which would surely prompt nVidia to force a quick price drop when they are released.
Take a deep breathe a wait for a little while. You really think that 7800gt is gonna go by the way side in another two months? :/

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