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NVidia Readies Duel Chip, Single Chip 9800GX2, 9800GTX and 9800GT


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#1 Systemlord

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:23 PM

Well it seems NVidia has shown its hand,

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.

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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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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:29 PM

Hope my step up program still works when these come out :o

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:37 PM

I'm rather looking forward to the 9600GT. That'll provide at the very least as good performance for me, if not better, in a very cost-effective package. Though depending on how much the 9800GT is, I may do that.

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 09:18 PM

well, I read each different article but the thing is each one said some different things. I guess we'll see when it happens.

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:13 PM

9800 line looks to be not much more than G92 GPUs with a few revisions. 8900 would have been a more apt name.

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 11:27 PM

8900 would have been a more apt name.


I totally agree, the 9800 line should at least be 2x times more powerful than the older line of graphics card.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 02:01 AM

sweet, those thing look COOL

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 02:39 AM

Those are some big MoFos :o Looks almost like the OEM 2900XT :lol:

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 02:48 AM

i like the video encoding part, i hope Adobe jumps right on this and it just might make me buy an 9800


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Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:15 AM

i like the video encoding part, i hope Adobe jumps right on this and it just might make me buy an 9800
"support DirectX 10.1 feature-set along with powerful video encoding engine and post-processor"



Does the Post-Processor have anything to do with Post-Processing graphic setting in Crysis or other games?

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:39 AM

i think that refers to physics that the ageia cards do

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:45 AM

now i will be able to get my second 8800GTX cheaper... :thumbs-up:

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