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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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It is about damn time
By Staples on 4/7/2007 6:08:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have been waiting for the C2D prices to drop and the midrange 8000 cards to come out. With out AMD offering anything to compete with the Core 2, the processors have not dropped a cent since they came out. This is totally ridiculous and makes me not want to buy an Intel CPU. As far as NVIDIA, at least the prices have been dropping but they have been milking the high end for so long it makes me sick.

Where are you AMD (CPUs and video cards?).




RE: It is about damn time
By Staples on 4/7/2007 6:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, I really hope someone comes out with a 512Mb version of the 8600GTS because if not, I may not be getting a new video card. The only way to get 512mb+ is to get an 8800 high end for $600+? I don't think I am that interested in upgrading if this is how it will be working out.


RE: It is about damn time
By GaryJohnson on 4/7/2007 6:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
A 640MB 8800GTS can be had for ~$370.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...


RE: It is about damn time
By sdsdv10 on 4/8/2007 11:24:36 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, it is ~$335 with mail in rebate (yeah I know, MIR suck but what are you going to do) and has free shipping. Sounds like a pretty nice deal.


RE: It is about damn time
By Rickler on 4/7/2007 7:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
I was waiting too; I bought a 65nm 3600x2 instead. It's not as fast as the e6300, but at half the price it's a better bang for the buck.


RE: It is about damn time
By TechLuster on 4/8/2007 8:01:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
With out AMD offering anything to compete with the Core 2, the processors have not dropped a cent since they came out.

First off, Intel's first round of Core 2 price cuts are expected to happen within a few days, so you won't be waiting much longer.

But do note that AMD's still pretty competitive in the lower-end market. For example, you can currently pick up a 4600+ EE for $124.


"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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