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DMA
01-11-07, 06:06 AM
VR-Zone has learned that NVIDIA will release cheaper GeForce 8800 cards next month to increase pressure on current ATi X1950 lineup targeting at X1950XT 256MB mainly. The new cards will based on the same 8800GTS GPU (96 unified, 24 texture processors and 20 ROPs). It has the same core and memory clock speeds but half the memory size of the current 8800GTS cards. The card will still be known as GeForce 8800GTS but comes with 320MB GDDR3 memories in 10 x 8M*32 array so the memory bus width remains unchanged at 320bit. The card length is the same as the current 8800GTS card at 9 inches and it is still a dual slot. The performance is close to the current 8800GTS 640M but it is US$100 cheaper. Does a price tag of US$299 sounds good to you?

http://www.vr-zone.com/?i=4472

$299 sounds sweet. :)

AthlonXP1800
01-11-07, 07:12 AM
Wow... that 150. :eek:

I am really very surprised things changed alot for the mainstream since 1 year ago when Geforce 7600GT with 128bit interface launched at 150. Then around September 2006 Geforce 7600GT was replaced with Geforce 7900GS with 256bit interface for 150, then Geforce 8800GTS 320MB cards with bigger 320bit interface will replace popular Geforce 7900GS next month for 150. I think we will see mainstream card with 384bit interface next year. :)

Cyant
01-11-07, 08:12 AM
Newegg already have the 8800GTS at 360$ after the mail in rebate... Much better deal than a 299$ Half-ed memory version.

tornadog
01-11-07, 10:39 AM
Newegg already have the 8800GTS at 360$ after the mail in rebate... Much better deal than a 299$ Half-ed memory version.


299 is just MSRP..you can expect that to be closer to the 250 range once it hits mainstream, and even 200AR..boy that would be real cool!!!

Mr_LoL
01-11-07, 03:22 PM
The stuttering would be unbearable at higher resolutions. Its good to see Nvidia giving people the option though.

trinibwoy
01-11-07, 04:39 PM
The sweet spot for the GTS is 16x10 or 16x12 - fast 256MB cards have no problems at those resolutions so it shouldn't be an issue.

AirJarhead
01-11-07, 05:21 PM
WoW!
I wish I would have waited for this! I can't believe it has the same clock speeds and ROPs!
Half the memory-that will hardly matter at all (my monitor plays at 16x10).

grimreefer
01-11-07, 10:29 PM
i cant help but feel that 320mb is too little nowadays.

RussianHAXOR
01-11-07, 10:46 PM
Yea, uh i dont want a 250 dollar card... i want a 640mb version.

XP_GUN
01-11-07, 11:04 PM
I do agree, but this would be a good chance to try my setup program from Nvidia :D

ViN86
01-11-07, 11:09 PM
this sounds like a card for me :D

ppl say that it will be jittery if you dont have 512MB? pssh, you guys are spoiled. cant wait to see some benchies on it, if theyre close enough to the 640MB GTS ill definitely consider this card.

jAkUp
01-12-07, 12:46 AM
320MB should be fine, not much games use over even 256MB of texture data.

Rakeesh
01-12-07, 03:39 AM
The only games that go that high that I am aware of require you to disable texture compression completely. But this is pretty well pointless as DXT1 saves a crapload of texture memory and has no real noticeable image quality decrease.

This sounds like a good deal for me though. My price range is between $200 and $350. Even if I don't buy this card, it will still cause the regular GTS to drop in price. I am still using a 6600GT so I am a bit eager to upgrade sometime soon.

john19055
01-12-07, 08:35 AM
It should be a good card ,If it over clocks like the regular 8800GTS then it should be a great deal,sure you can't run super high resolutions with FSAA but you still can run at lower resolutions with FSAA and it will look great ,I wish ATI would come out with something ,so they could be a price war,but as of now nvidia is king and going to get better with these cards ,most games don't need all that memory anyway.

Tygerwoody
01-12-07, 08:37 AM
holy hell.... nice price!!!

Stolly
01-12-07, 06:30 PM
nice