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.