by Anton Shilov
12/28/2006 | 04:11 PM
OCZ Technology, a leading supplier of memory modules and power supply units designer for performance demanding enthusiasts, on Thursday revealed its first graphics card in over five years. The new product is expected to offer end-users advanced overclockability.
“The graphics sector is currently the technology sector with the most direct impact on the gaming experience. It has become a logical step for OCZ Technology to get back in the game, and naturally, we are doing it with the highest end solution currently available,” said Dr. Michael Schuette, vice president of technology development at OCZ Technology.
As previously reported, OCZ Technology’s first graphics boards in years are based on Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX graphics chip and work at standard clock-speeds. Still, OCZ promises that it pre-tests these “limited edition” graphics boards at higher clock-speeds and leaves it up to end-user to decide whether he or she demands overclocking or not. The company does not disclose the frequencies it verifies to be safe for the graphics adapters.
Nvidia Corp. does not allow its partners to produce its high-end graphics cards using their own capacities and product designs. Instead, a contract manufacturer makes the boards under the supervision of Nvidia and then the graphics chip designers sells the boards directly to suppliers, including Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, OCZ Technology and so on. Nvidia also has not allowed pre-overclocking of its latest GeForce 8800-series graphics cards to be sold, still, several suppliers have already announced such products.
Currently Nvidia’s add-in-card partners sell GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB (575MHz clock-speed, 128 stream processors at 1350MHz , 32 texture mapping units, 24 raster operation units, 384-bit memory bus) and GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB (500MHz clock-speed, 96 stream processors at 1200MHz , 24 texture mapping units, 20 raster operation units, 320-bit memory bus) graphics cards for $599 and $449 recommended price-points.
OCZ Technology pulled out of the graphics cards market back in 2001 with the pre-overclocked GeForce 3-series graphics cards that have never become popular. OCZ has been building up its reputation as a supplier of high-performance memory modules and power supply units for years now and performance-demanding customers are more than likely to bite the “performance-enhanced” boards from OCZ. Moreover, right now the company may provide a set of components for computer enthusiasts: graphics cards, memory modules and power supply units.