The G84 (8600) chip by Nvidia will be going AGP in April. This is big news for all you old school AGP users out there who would like to either get a little bit more horse power in their current set up or would like to upgrade to Vista with a little bit more ease.
The cards will be selling for around $125. This will replace the current AGP top end on Nvidias side the Geforce 7600GS. The chip is very AGP compatible so it does not need any converting chips to bring it down to AGP, similar to the 7600 and 6600 chips.
Nvidia has released drivers for all you 8800 users out there who have Vista, no more beta drivers for you, unless you like to be on the cutting edge. This is the official WHQL driver for Vista, supporting all 8800, Geforce 7 series, and 6 series GPUs. But, what about SLI support, well thats a different question entirely. I’ll quote Nvidia:
“DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver”
There is however DirectX9 support and OpenGL support in the driver for 8800 SLI but its not supported under Vista. Looks like they still don’t have love for SLI under Vista.
They did add this little paragraph at the bottom of the downloads page howerver:
“These NVIDA Windows Vista drivers are under development. This version is not fully optimized for full 3D performance and may not include all available features available on different operating systems. NVIDIA, along with the industry, is continuing to update its Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add support for features. These drivers are provided “AS IS.” NVIDIA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WHATSOVER AS TO MERCHANTABILITY, COMPATABILITY, PERFORMANCE, APPLICATION OR FUNCTION, AND DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW.”
The now cheapest DirectX10 graphics card available. At 500MHz core and 1600MHz memory the card is quite fast for the price. The card was released today and is available at many of the online computer stores.
DirectX10 is now available for most now because of the price. This is going to put a bunch of pressure on ATI in the DX10 space. ATI needs to act fast or Nvidia may be too ahead of ATI.
This week I there was only one thing I actually wanted. It all started when I installed Vista, then I wanted a little more graphics horsepower. Not that I didn’t have enough, I am running a Geforce 7800GT but I wanted to upgrade to DX10 for the upcoming games and the extra horsepower for Aero Glass wouldn’t hurt.
EVGA Geforce 8800GTS 640MB
(image courtesy of newegg.com)
at 500MHz core and 1600MHz memory this thing is fast and doesn’t carry quite as high a price tag as its big brother the 8800GTX. It even has HDCP built in so when we all end up with Blu-ray or HD-DVD drives in our computers I’ll be able to watch the videos with no problem.