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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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It'll be the norm...
By techfuzz on 4/9/2007 9:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
I can very easily imagine that in five years, multi-core GPU's and dual-GPU cards could very well be the consumer standard and not on the bleeding edge available only to the hardware enthusiast. Sooner, rather than later, graphics card makers are going to run into a very hard wall where their cards need too much juice and produce too much heat just like CPU makers have in the last few years.




RE: It'll be the norm...
By Martimus on 4/24/2007 3:51:14 PM , Rating: 2
I have a dual GPU card sitting in a box at home. It is called a VooDoo 5500. I replaced it with a X800 XL about 2 years ago, but it actually kept up well with games until that point.


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