Mid-range GeForce 8000-series Launch Dates, Prices
April 7, 2007 2:03 PM
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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.
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: Nvidia is sitting on a Huge pile of New GPUs !
4/8/2007 5:03:24 PM
Yet considering the best of those - the 8600GTS can barely keep up with the cards of last year, the only ones that really matter to gamers are the 8800 and 8900 series cards, and generally with those price is the key determinant. Most people would find it unreasonable to spend more than ~$300 for a GPU (some say $250 max). Right now that's the 8800GTS. It will be interesting to see what ATi releases in that price&performance range and if it offers more performance for a similar price or similar performance for a lower price (though the latter seems unlikely since the 8800GTS performs rather well for a pretty sweet price point).
It will also be interesting to see benchmarks of the mobile Go versions and if they perform more closely with the 8600 or the 8800 desktop GPUs.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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