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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 Russell on 4/8/2007 3:22:58 PM , Rating: 0
Too bad their drivers still don't work properly with SLI (under Vista). I can only imagine the horrors that await this card. Perhaps the drivers will be done by the rumored May 1 release would hope so.

RE: Drivers
By medavid16 on 4/9/2007 2:45:10 AM , Rating: 5
lol. It works fine for me.

RE: Drivers
By ToeCutter on 4/9/2007 9:44:17 AM , Rating: 4
Too bad their drivers still don't work properly with SLI (under Vista).

Meh, there are issues with ALL 8800 drivers, whether SLI or not, Vista or XP.

Until nVidia finishes their 8800 drivers, these "Ultra" cards are the gaming equivalent to running premium gas in a Hyundai.

(That would be: Pointless)

RE: Drivers
By VooDooAddict on 4/10/2007 10:35:03 AM , Rating: 2
+1 funny

RE: Drivers
By Topweasel on 4/15/2007 2:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
Actually using premium gas in anything that doesn't call for it. The higher the Octane rating the quicker it burns. Day to day cars are designed with its timings to utilize regular which would burn slower and therefore easier to collect the power. The higher your car revs the more likely you are to need premium, which automatically means lower mpg but less likely chance of spark knock because the fuel doesn't burn fast enough.

The one value to Premium in car that doesn't require it is Premium would burn hotter and has the potential to break up carbon left overs in the engine. But that would be a hypothetical benefit and would only have a temporary effect on your car, all the while wasting gas.

RE: Drivers
By Deekity on 4/26/2007 11:43:38 AM , Rating: 2
atually you have it backwards - the higher the octane the SLOWER it prevent knock (pre-detonation)...
Octane requirements have more to do with compression ratio and charge temperature than with revs.

Just a heads up...

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