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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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Am I missing something?
By Neoprimal on 4/9/2007 2:02:36 AM , Rating: 2
Noone has mentioned the fact that these are DX10 cards. I think it's sort of premature and even a moot argument to compare it to kickass DX9 cards. A crappy DX9 card still kicks the snot out of a DX8/7 card right? I could be wrong, I guess. The market for these cards, low/mid end or not are Vista users ie: people who are on Vista right now who are 100% ready to play THE FIRST DX10 games on the market and experience Vista in all it's um, glory?, otherwise it'd probably be worth it to stick with a mid-high end DX9 card like the X1950pro. As I said, I could be wrong about all of this but it's my 2c. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Personally speaking, I wouldn't even consider buying a $250+ DX9 card right now, much more 2 of them for SLI/Crossfire. As shakey as Vista is right now, the future (near or maybe even a little far) is that OS and DX10 and as great as the DX9 cards are, they CANNOT play DX10 games; while as slow as these low/mid end DX10 cards are, it's sure they'll play DX10 and all Direct X generations under it fine....if but a little slow (compared to the pros and ultras) :p.


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