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NVIDIA has one more hurrah on the "G80" processor

Shortly after the mid-range GeForce 8000-series launch, NVIDIA has another trick up its sleeve: the GeForce 8800 Ultra.

Roadmaps provided by NVIDIA reveal the 8800 Ultra will launch on May 1 with a price point of $999.  The company would not reveal further specifications about the card, other than it is based on the same G80 core found in the GeForce 8800 GTX.

The $999 price point suggests the 8800 Ultra may actually be two 8800-series cards in one package.  NVIDIA launched the multi-PCB initiative GeForce 7950 GX2 last year as the last high-end push on the GeForce 7000-series GPU. 

The GeForce 7950 GX2 was actually two GeForce 7900 GT processors on two PCBs in an SLI configuration.  Running two of these cards in a PC was essentially the same as running Quad-SLI. 

NVIDIA likely added the card to its roadmaps to combat the upcoming Radeon X2900-family GPUs.  The ATI R600 GPU was scheduled to launch in late March, but soon after the company canceled its launch events and moved the official date into Q2 2007.


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By Bladen on 4/7/2007 6:54:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but doesn't quad sli show very little returns (and AFAIK more often then not it shows negative returns) for its investment?

I'd like to see how they cool it if it is 2 gpu's...


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By Kougar on 4/7/2007 7:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, QuadSLI is pretty silly. This is likely to just be a 8800GX2 with the "Ultra" moniker... $300-400 above GTX MRSP is just to high for an overclocked G80 with GDDR4.


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By The Sword 88 on 4/7/2007 11:05:59 PM , Rating: 2
It might be the GX2 and have GDDR4 and higher clock speeds, and liquid cooling, and ...uh...thats all I've got


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By nerdye on 4/8/2007 3:46:13 AM , Rating: 2
I would not suspect that a dual pcb gpu configuration of a gforce 8800 video card would be faster clock for clock than a single card, if the history of the 7950gx2 has shown us, it is we should expect two underclocked 8800gtx gpu's binded together to form an 8800 ultra or whatever its called gpu.

DDR4 is yet to be announced, currently only the ATI 1950 high end is the only gpu to be running ddr4 (why, maybe cost, most likely cost). I'm happy with my 7950gt at the moment.


By cheetah2k on 4/9/2007 4:39:16 AM , Rating: 2
Well well..

The problem - more to the point - is that with the arrival of the 8800 series, we've now entered into a phase where we are CPU limited as opposed to GPU limited. I, myself have an AMD FX-60 system, overclocked to 3Ghz and a pair of XFX 8800GTX cards - and to be honest, the 3dmark06 score of 12,960 only increases as i push the CPU higher. I also think that the extra 2,000 marks was a waste of $ (1 x 8800GTX got me 10,800 marks).

So, where does that leave us with 8800 Ultra's? Anyone wanting Quad SLi, you better have a damn good system setup, and headroom for overclocking to get the most out of these cards. Until either AMD Barcelona or Intel's new 45nm Quads come out, stick with 1 x 8800GTX. It's really enough right now - especially if you have an AMD system


RE: Troll comments in 3... 2... 1...
By cheetah2k on 4/9/2007 4:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
Well well..

The problem - more to the point - is that with the arrival of the 8800 series, we've now entered into a phase where we are CPU limited as opposed to GPU limited. I, myself have an AMD FX-60 system, overclocked to 3Ghz and a pair of XFX 8800GTX cards - and to be honest, the 3dmark06 score of 12,960 only increases as i push the CPU higher. I also think that the extra 2,000 marks was a waste of $ (1 x 8800GTX got me 10,800 marks).

So, where does that leave us with 8800 Ultra's? Anyone wanting Quad SLi, you better have a damn good system setup, and headroom for overclocking to get the most out of these cards. Until either AMD Barcelona or Intel's new 45nm Quads come out, stick with 1 x 8800GTX. It's really enough right now - especially if you have an AMD system


By cheetah2k on 4/9/2007 4:41:59 AM , Rating: 2
Man i love Dailytech's ability to double post.

Can someone, for god sakes, fix it!


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