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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 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


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