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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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Performance Leap
By Alpha4 on 4/7/2007 6:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
It seems to me that generational leaps in graphics-cards yield less performance increase than seasonal refreshes of current-gen cards.

If I recall correctly the 7900gtx brought anywhere from 25% (HL2, Prey) to 60% (3Dmark06) performance improvement over its predecessor, the 7800gtx, which stopped short at around 20-30% faster than the 6800 Ultra.

I think the optimal time to upgrade for 7600gt users would be during this refresh with the likely release of an 8900gs. Similarly 7900gtx users would enjoy more bang for their buck by waiting for the 8900gtx assuming Nvidia adheres to this trend.

RE: Performance Leap
By RussianSensation on 4/8/2007 12:55:04 AM , Rating: 3
You need to review your benchmarks. Look at Tom's VGA Charts.

7800GTX 430/1200 256mb is:

58% faster than 6800Ultra in HL2:E1 @ 1600x1200 AA/AF
58% faster in Hard Truck @ 1600x1200 AA/AF
64% faster in Oblivion @ 1600x1200 no AA/AF
50% faster in Prey @ 1280x1024 AA/AF
50% faster in Rise of Nations @ 1024x768 AA/AF
147% faster in Titan Quest @ 1024x768 noAA/noAF

However, 7900GTX (650/1600) - refresh of 7800GTX 512mb (550/1700) is roughly 20% faster.

Refreshes, in fact, are almost never as fast as a full generation upgrade (9700Pro -> 9800xt (+30%) < X800XT (2x!) -> X850XT PE (+20%) < X1800XT 512 (2x!) -> X1950XT (+20-30%)

RE: Performance Leap
By crystal clear on 4/8/2007 2:37:06 AM , Rating: 1

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RE: Performance Leap
By KristopherKubicki on 4/8/2007 2:38:56 AM , Rating: 2
No surprise there. They sold TG Daily earlier this year already.

RE: Performance Leap
By crystal clear on 4/8/07, Rating: 0
RE: Performance Leap
By TechLuster on 4/8/2007 7:52:20 AM , Rating: 2
AnandTech already explored ReadyBoost performance in depth on pages 5-7 of their Windows Vista Performance Guide:

RE: Performance Leap
By crystal clear on 4/8/2007 8:11:19 AM , Rating: 1
Thanks will look into this-seems interesting !

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