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Nvidia Corp., the world’s largest designer of discrete graphics processing units (GPUs), reportedly plans to update its lineup of expensive graphics cards with at least two new offerings later in the quarter. The most powerful of the novelties will carry two graphics chips, whereas another will feature single-chip designs.

The new top-of-the-range graphics card by Nvidia is called GeForce 9800 GX2 which is based on two yet unknown 65nm graphics chips with 128 unified shader processors inside. The board, according to [H]ard|OCP web-site, will be 30% faster compared to Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra and will enable 4-way multi-GPU configurations. The novelty will have 256 stream processors in total, but will rely on driver support to demonstrate its potential, just like any multi-GPU solutions.

The least expensive solution – Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX – is projected to be released in late February or early March and is claimed to be based on one GPU. The new model 9800 GTX will replace existing GeForce 8800 GTX, thus, should offer performance on par with GeForce 8800 Ultra and support 3-way SLI configuration. In addition, there will be a the least expensive version of GeForce 9-series called GeForce 9800 GT and due in March or April.

Based on information reported earlier, Nvidia GeForce 9800-series graphics processors will support DirectX 10.1 feature-set along with powerful video encoding engine and post-processor.

Even though the new GeForce 9800 GX2 is projected to offer performance only 30% higher compared to Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra, whereas the new GeForce 9800 GTX should outperform the 8800 GTX by a similar margin, the new lineup represents a great threat to ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2.

At present Nvidia sells GeForce 8800 Ultra for $849 in retail, whereas the GeForce 8800 GTX costs about $549 - $649. Provided that the new solution by graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices offers performance of the GeForce 8800 Ultra, AMD’s new dual-chip graphics card will have to cost the same amount of money as the new GeForce 9800 GTX. Unfortunately, dual-chip configurations offer performance advantages over a single-chip ATI Radeon HD 3870 only in cases when its driver can take advantage of multi-GPU ATI CrossFireX technology. Therefore, in all other cases the GeForce 9800 GTX will be faster compared to ATI’s dual-chip solution, making it very hard for ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 to finds its place on the market.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.

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I'd buy a nvidia 9800 only for its name ...
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So, which is the least expensive??? :)
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This sounds bad! Then again ATI could pull out the drivers and make the 9800 look bad!
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Was I right or what?
Based on the same architecture and in soso performance increase were the words I howled upon thou deaf ears but no one heed my words of wisdom.
At least AMD has a good chance of remaining competitive this time around.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/04/08 12:52:45 PM]
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Mr. BonBon, I haven't forgotten lol... I never said you were wrong, nor do I recall many others saying you were blatantly wrong, rather I said it was very unlikely NV would want to let ATI catch up like this, thus they would more likely to release a monster card then a kitty cat.

NV had an entire year to develop a tech that was far beyond the G80 in power.
NV had incredible sales ensuring they had no limits in research funds.
NV was rumored all year to be working on the next big thing (9800gtx)

Instead we get what you said... New cards that are barely better then what is already available, and the worst cards possible when it comes to the most bang for the buck. I was hoping you were dead wrong, but now that you were correct in your previous assumptions, it leaves all of us who were looking to build or upgrade in a tough spot... We will have to settle with playing Crysis at 30fps in med-high settings until the R700 or 10k NV series in a year or so=\
Or then again...... This article may be way off, and the 9800GTX might still turn out to be 2x the power of a 8800GTX w00t! =D (unlikely I know lol)

This ain't over till the fat lady sings (all the way to the bank apparently), but nobody should get their hopes up at this point...
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Disappointing IMO that the new cards are barely any better then what is already available =\ but yeah no surprise considering the situation.

1 big danger here for NV, is that the R680 runs on crossfire which scales MUCH better then SLI currently does... This means, don't be surprised if the R680 is just about as powerful as the 9800 GX2 in most games. In my opinion, NV is giving ATI too much slack here. If the R680 is much cheaper, yet performs nearly the same, this could really backfire on NV (which would be a good thing, as we need ATI\AMD to survive lol). Here is how multi GPU's work today---

8800GT beats 3870HD-- by a good bit
2x 8800GT looses to 2x 3870-- but it's close!
Again, due to how SLI and X-Fire scale, don't rule out the R680 yet people!

Sigh...... I guess I'll just have to pickup a 3870 or 8800GT until some real new tech comes along... The super high prices on these cards is not for me especially since they are only marginally better.

Also---The 9800GT? Do they mean perhaps the 9600GT which isn't looking too terribly hot, based on what is currently known, it sounds like it'll perform about the same as a 8800GT or less.
Why bother with a 9800GT?.... based on how the 9800GTX performs like a 8800Ultra, wouldn't that mean the 8800GT, which should be less powerful, would be well.... Darn near identical performance to the 8800GT? Fleecing the people, it has begun =-0


Then again..... All this information could be way off, and the 9800GTX might actually have 30% more power then a 8800ULTRA, and the GX2 might actually have 60% more power! However that is unlikely now.
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The graphics cards from ATI have far better architectur then thus from nVIDIA but developers dosent take advantage from ATI's GPUs superiority.For exemple a 3850 can run crysis faster then an 8800GT if you change some things in the game files.
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Um, ATi Radeon 9800 anyone? Did nVIDIA do a brain fart and forget about previous naming conventions? GeForce 9800?

What's next? An ATi Radeon 5800? This version with a new and improved turbo blower fan?

These companies need to get a clue.
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hohohohoho cant fuking wait 20k in 3DMark06 in a single card solution is drawing near
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