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GeForce 8800 Ultra to challenge AMD, but disappoint?

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Fri April 27, 2007

GeForce 8800 Ultra Leak

NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 8800 Ultra has had final details leaked that show close competition with the Radeon HD 2900 XTX, say sources. Set to make a 'soft' launch on May 2nd, as with the AMD-made card, the Ultra is now known to be largely a minor update meant to claim the performance crown from the rival chipmaker. Clock speeds will dictate the changes, according to claims. Memory will see the largest gain, jumping from 1.8GHz effective speed to a less restrictive 2.16GHz; the core, however, will only increase slightly from 575 to 612MHz. This may ultimately limit the gains to higher resolutions for users uncomfortable with overclocked GTX models.

Pricing is currently unavailable but may rise above the average $550 price of the present-day GTX. Availability of the cards from typical video card makers such as ASUS or eVGA is anticipated to follow shortly after the official release and may outpace the Radeon HD equivalents, which are expected to reach stores closer to May 14th. [via The Inquirer]




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