Nvidia Launches DirectX 10 Graphics Card for $299

Partners of Nvidia Corp., the world's largest supplier of standalone graphics processors, have unveiled a 320MB flavour of the GeForce 8800 GTS (the other flavour has 640MB memory onboard). The graphics card sports the fully-fledged GeForce 8800 GTS chip with 500MHz clock-speed, 96 stream processors at 1200MHz , 24 texture mapping units and 20 raster operation units as well as 320-bit memory bus. You'll be able to get this DirectX 10-compatible graphics boards starting from $299, about $100 less than the price of the cheapest GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB.

"Our goal is to drive PC gaming to new heights by leading the DirectX 10 revolution, making this exciting next-generation technology and the GeForce 8 Series performance available to an even wider gaming audience. Delivering the 8800 GTS to lower price points is a big first step in that direction," said Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at Nvidia.

"The more gamers that have DirectX 10 capable hardware in their systems, the more incentive game developers have to add the most advanced visual effects to their games. When gamers get immersed in Crysis and see the kind of experience DirectX 10 delivers, they will be thankful that NVIDIA led the charge to the next generation of PC games," said Cevat Yerli, President of Crytek.

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Ouch, DAAMiT can't even get its highend card out and NVIDIA already has its upper-mainstream coming. Come on ATi

The card is useless if the drivers are garbage.

ATi/AMD has really nothing to worry about. If ATi/AMD play their cards right by releasing good stable drivers with preformance as good if not better than XPs, then they can gain from Nvidia's fumble.

hhhmmm, think I'll get the 8200 if/when available (or AMD equivalent). These beasts use far too much power, which then means unbearable amount of heat/noise.

So where's the promissing low-cost 8300GT? By the number of shaders, and the promissed clocks, it may be better then a 6800..... cant wait to test!

If you are ready to hop onto the GTS newegg.com has the Foxconn 8800GTS 640Mb ver for the same 299 price as all the new 320s!

And if you had been paying attention at all the entire day yesterday, you would have realized that Newegg FUBARED the listing: the card was actually a 320MB card and not the 640MB card they listed.

exactly...

like i said many times before... Vista wont be mainstream ready til atleast SP1.... by then all the serious bugs will be worked out.... and it will have MUCH better support.

Oh my god, here we go again :rolleyes:
Vista is rock solid, it's the drivers that are crap (and some of them more than crap). Not Microsoft's fault, or is it? Anyway, hardware companies will have to move fast, because not having decent drivers for their hardware only has one consecuence... people won't buy their products anymore.

Islander said,
Oh my god, here we go again :rolleyes:
Vista is rock solid, it's the drivers that are crap (and some of them more than crap). Not Microsoft's fault, or is it? Anyway, hardware companies will have to move fast, because not having decent drivers for their hardware only has one consecuence... people won't buy their products anymore.

How about a fresh install without any additional apps or drivers installed and out of every 10 acticons there's 4 BSODs? All electronic components were tested with testing equipment and work fine.

Drivers at this point aren't a concern for me. It was the constant BSODs and the slapped together feel of the OS that made me go back to XP. There's lots of people out there that have nothing but major ass problems with this hunk-o-junk OS.

MrCobra said,

How about a fresh install without any additional apps or drivers installed and out of every 10 acticons there's 4 BSODs? All electronic components were tested with testing equipment and work fine.

Drivers at this point aren't a concern for me. It was the constant BSODs and the slapped together feel of the OS that made me go back to XP. There's lots of people out there that have nothing but major ass problems with this hunk-o-junk OS.

You whiners must be running some real unstable crappy hardware to be getting BSODs all the time. I ran Vista for month with NO BSODs (waiting for BeyondTV before replacing XP). In fact, I haven't had to reload my XP box for over a year and a half.

ahhell said,

You whiners must be running some real unstable crappy hardware to be getting BSODs all the time. I ran Vista for month with NO BSODs (waiting for BeyondTV before replacing XP). In fact, I haven't had to reload my XP box for over a year and a half.

And then after a month the BSODs kicked in?

MrCobra said,

How about a fresh install without any additional apps or drivers installed and out of every 10 acticons there's 4 BSODs? All electronic components were tested with testing equipment and work fine.

Drivers at this point aren't a concern for me. It was the constant BSODs and the slapped together feel of the OS that made me go back to XP. There's lots of people out there that have nothing but major ass problems with this hunk-o-junk OS.

The only time I've had Vista Blue-Screen on me was when I was trying to force XP sound drivers to run on it. This OS is so far as solid as XP.

...NVidias drivers on the other hand....

I agree with what the others have said, Vista is solid as a rock. I have not had a single BSOD that was not driver related in over a year (I was an official tester). Anyone who does have issues is the exception, rather than the rule.

Oh and MrCobra:

How about a fresh install without any additional apps or drivers installed and out of every 10 acticons there's 4 BSODs? All electronic components were tested with testing equipment and work fine.

And what do you think is running your hardware after Windows is installed? Yes, that's right. Drivers. Hardware companies supply Microsoft with drivers for inclusion in the Vista initial install. They are just as instable (maybe more so, = older) as any you download from their site.

320MB!?! what a waste! let me know when and IF Vista ever becomes a viable gaming OS.

WinXP looks better and better all the time. :redface:

cannedmeat said,
320MB!?! what a waste! let me know when and IF Vista ever becomes a viable gaming OS.

WinXP looks better and better all the time. :redface:

What??

Kirkburn said,
What??

Especially where it concerns NVIDIA's drivers, Vista is an effin' dog. My framerates dropped tremendously and I'd get serious glitches in the display of 3D objects in some games. I went back to XP. Hell, I had to resort to a hack to get my SATA RAID recognized. NVIDIA's drivers are not ready for primetime on Vista.

Gaming speed on Vista is down to the drivers. nvidia seem incapable of releasing quality drivers for Vista despite having months of time on a "feature complete" build of Vista to get things ready.

And to the OP: I echo Kirkburn's comment.... What?? What are you talking about? How has the amount of RAM on the graphics card got anything to do with Vista being a waste?

Nexx295 said,
How about waiting? Vista is new, DX10 is new, the graphic cards are new. The drivers should get better soon.

How about Nvidia stop slapping Vista Ready stickers on GPU boxes when they clearly aren't :P

How about Nvidia had about a year to have drivers ready? How about DX10 was pretty much set for that time too? How about Nvidia gets off their butts and starts supporting the community that has made them the company they are today?

I'm holding off on upgrading to Vista because I do game and Nvidia is taking their good old time releasing drivers suitable for gaming. It's awful. How long has it been since RC1 came out? RTM was finalized in October and you're telling me by February they don't have proper drivers? Sub par Nvidia, sub par.

Nexx295 said,
How about waiting? Vista is new, DX10 is new, the graphic cards are new. The drivers should get better soon.

How about people are tired of hearing people like you make excuses for a company that has had nearly a year to get it done.

Nexx295 said,
How about waiting? Vista is new, DX10 is new, the graphic cards are new. The drivers should get better soon.

How about not trolling. Vista is not "new". It didn't just suddenly appear on Jan 30th with no warning or prior notice. Vista has been completed since October 2006 and was in a "feature complete" locked state for months before that. It was also fully available to hardware manufacturers and software developers during this time. There is ZERO excuse for not having quality drivers ready by now. The line "we waited for Vista's release to start work" is a cop out and is unacceptable.

I like ATi and nVidia. nVidia's hardware is holding the lead for now, but until they can get a decent driver out for Vista, it's going to do nothing but hurt them.

Guru3D already benched 320mb BFG and XFX cards. overall, they say its good for anything 1920*1200 and below...above that it will choke due to less memory for textures. but, graw takes a pretty bad hit because the card is only 320mb...it might be for good if people stick to 512mb+ cards from now on...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/416/