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MikeC
11-14-07, 10:54 AM
Update on the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB from NVIDIA.



Q: When will we see the GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB?

A: GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB boards from major add-in card partners are arriving in the next two weeks and should be priced in the $179-$199 range. To find out exact ship dates and pricing, we encourage you to contact each add-in card partner.



Q: What does the performance of the GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB look like?

A: The GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB has amazing performance for its price.

Q: Who will be offering GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB boards?

A: Partners that will be offering GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB board include Asus, BFG, EVGA, Leadtek, PNY, XFX and others.


Specs for the 8800GT 256MB:

Stream Processors 112

Core Clock 600MHz

Shader Clock 1500MHz

Memory Clock 700-900MHZ

Memory 256MB GDDR3

Power Connector 6 pin

Length 9 inches

Board Power 105W

Thermal Single slot Fansink

Outputs 2xDL-DVI
HDTV-out


DirectX 10 and DirectX 10.1

Q: What is DirectX 10.1?

A: DirectX 10.1 is a minor extension of DirectX 10 that makes a few optional features in DirectX 10 mandatory. Most DirectX 10.1 features are already supported by the GeForce 8800 GT.



Q: What are developers saying about DirectX 10.1?

A: We do not expect most developers to move to DirectX 10.1. Here is a statement from Crytek on the subject:



“We pride ourselves on being the first to adopt any important new technology that can improve our games so you would expect us to get with DX10.1 right away but we’ve looked at it and there’s just nothing in it important enough to make it needed. So we have no plans to use it at all, not even in the future.”

- Cevat Yerli, Crytek CEO

Kevin Unangst, Sr. Global Director for Microsoft Games for Windows: “DX10.1 is an incremental update that won’t affect any games or gamers in the near future.”

Labyrinth
11-14-07, 11:22 AM
“We pride ourselves on being the first to adopt any important new technology that can improve our games so you would expect us to get with DX10.1 right away but we’ve looked at it and there’s just nothing in it important enough to make it needed. So we have no plans to use it at all, not even in the future.”

- Cevat Yerli, Crytek CEO
Yeah, whatever Cevat! You also said that Crysis could be run at very high settings with an E6600, 2GB RAM, and an 8800!

I'm sure they'll include it eventually.

CaptNKILL
11-14-07, 07:23 PM
The lack of memory will hurt it, but at a price like that, people would be dumb to get anything else over $100 unless the rest of their system was significantly outdated.

$n][pErMan
11-14-07, 08:23 PM
Not bad for a budget card.

stncttr908
11-14-07, 08:37 PM
Memory usage is only going to increase. You'll get great performance at lower resolutions from this card, but for me getting this card will be shooing yourself in the foot.

sharvin
11-14-07, 09:08 PM
Memory usage is only going to increase. You'll get great performance at lower resolutions from this card, but for me getting this card will be shooing yourself in the foot.

maybe because it's a mainstream card?

CaptNKILL
11-14-07, 09:33 PM
Memory usage is only going to increase. You'll get great performance at lower resolutions from this card, but for me getting this card will be shooing yourself in the foot.
If you can afford the 512, obviously its a much better card because of the extra memory, but if you can't, this is by far the best card you can buy.

I don't think any other 512Mb cards (7950gt, 7900GTX, x1900xt) are fast enough to beat this most of the time.

blueworm
11-15-07, 11:14 AM
Will 8800GT 256MB work in SLI with a 8800GT 512MB ?

Curiosity!

john19055
11-15-07, 03:24 PM
It will be a great card as long as you use low resolutions even the 512mb version shows that at high resolution it is hurting at 1920x1200 and above.

stncttr908
11-15-07, 03:51 PM
If you can afford the 512, obviously its a much better card because of the extra memory, but if you can't, this is by far the best card you can buy.

I don't think any other 512Mb cards (7950gt, 7900GTX, x1900xt) are fast enough to beat this most of the time.
Of course, but if you're going to spend $200 you might as well spend $50 more to avoid spending around $200 more six months from now. :D

nemecb
11-16-07, 03:39 PM
Q: What does the performance of the GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB look like?

A: The GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB has amazing performance for its price.
:rofl

Sorry, just couldn't help laughing at that complete non-answer.;)

j0j081
11-21-07, 09:30 AM
would this card be about right for 1280x1024 with no AA?

CaptNKILL
11-21-07, 09:46 AM
Of course, but if you're going to spend $200 you might as well spend $50 more to avoid spending around $200 more six months from now. :D
I can't argue with that.

But I guess it works the other way too. If you're going to spend $150 on a 7950GT or a mediocre 8600GTS, $50 more will get you a significantly faster video card in the 8800GT. $100 more might be a bit out of most people's range though.

If I was pushing someone to upgrade I'd tell them to shoot for the 512 though. Its easily the best price\performance card that has come out in years. The Radeon 9500 Pro was pretty close... but I think this tops it.

Revs
11-21-07, 09:55 AM
:rofl

Sorry, just couldn't help laughing at that complete non-answer.;)

+1, lol

Gonna be interesting to see an in-game performance comparison with the GT512 version and the GTS320.

I'm sure good ol' Mike will sort some nice charts out when it's possible.

john19055
11-21-07, 09:57 PM
Not meaning to hijack this thread but the new AMD 3870 512mb GDDR4 is not bad looking at almost $100 cheaper then the 8800GT 512mb card.It surprised me at how well it does perform.
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1222/1/page_1_introduction/index.html

LycosV
11-22-07, 02:02 AM
I think the real advantage of the ATI (I just can't call them AMD) cards seems to be that they have a better lock on DX10. The 3870 comes close to the 8800gt in DX10 while it lags behind in DX9.

Back on topic though, I won't say anything bad about a 256mb 8800gt until I see the benchmarks. It could kill everything because of a lack of RAM, or it could not, we'll have to see.