Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT Reviewed

Ah the wild, wild world of hardware manufacturing! Intel has decided to bump forward its NDA on Penryn’s performance to before its launch. Hey! Why not? NVIDIA has already managed the same maneuver to be sure to precede the new Radeon HD 3000 release! Hence comes the second major review published today, after months of wandering in the wilderness, waiting for those new products to deem it time to show up, with (of course) the availability of last minute of test samples and drivers. It’s not like we were closing on a specific date or even a particular season, one traditionally good for manufacturer’s sales or anything like that…

The behavior of the two graphic cards giants is all the more unusual (and reprehensible) after the launch of their new Direct X 10 architectures. Generally, high end cards quickly give way to mid-range cards with more interesting performance-to-price ratios. This time it hasn’t worked, in part because of the cost of transistors the new architectures brings (due to new API support and unified architecture), making the arrival of new (cheap-to-produce) GPUs harder, but efficient using a process that has been mastered couple of months ago. NVIDIA was first with its disappointing GeForce 8600 GTS and GT, and yet hardly measured up to by the Radeon HD 2600 that arrived later on. Never since, perhaps, the first GeForce 3 had the gap between high end and mid-range, been so important. This gap pleased manufacturers (especially NVIDIA), since gamers logically abandoned those cards in favor of the less out of reach high end models, with the GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB in the spotlight. The card was introduced at the beginning of the year for no less than $300.

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Finally, manufacturers decided it was time to offer genuine mid-range items, reasonably close to the high end ones in terms of performance. They’ve also gotten great help, from the availability of new processes in foundries (TSMC leading the way).

Is the GeForce 8800 GT the ultimate card for broke gamers?

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  • spuddyt
    ah well, the 2900 pro (OC'd to xt) was still a good deal *tries to comfort himself*
  • leexgx

    8800 GT puts the GTS in an bad price market now and not so smart buy now
  • Koog
    8800GT looks like a real good midrange performer FOR THE MOMENT. I would not invest any money in a videocard upgrade, there are NO proven Dx10 cards out there. I would wait until Vista is sorted out and there are more than a `handful' of Dx10 games out there, otherwise you are just buying very poor attempts to deliver Dx10 performance on your PC.
    If I really, really had to get a new card right now, it would be the 8800GT!
  • r202156
    From my point of view as a more budget gamer, I hope that these new upper midrange releases push down the price of cards like the 8600GT and 8600GTS. I'm also very noise concious with my computers and it's good to see that the already relatively quiet 8800 series has contined in the same way.
  • steveobhave
    I think it looks like a great opportunity for the owners of DX9 cards to comfortably come into the DX10 world. Still it is not that magic that will make me consider dealing in my 8800GTS 640MB - saving my pennies for the big fish early next year.
  • Sewje
    Seriously what did ppl expect? that gfx cards will stand still in time and not advance forward, with vista released i don't think microsoft will let hardware like the 8800gtx/ultra to sit at the top at a premium.

    Since vista i trying for the masses they need hardware which can decently run it for the masses and priced for the masses.

    Its good news for tech ppl etc who know the value from this, but how many ppl just want a computer that can play games decently and not cost a fortune? thats right everyone.

    The tech has to advance like for win98 to winxp, everything takes time and the time has come for this.
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