Introduction


Today has been a long time in coming, especially for NVIDIA. It has been almost 2 years since they were on top of the industry, and they definitely want their position back. With the troubles the NV3x line of cards had, NVIDIA has really been pushing to get every bit of performance out of their CineFX architecture as possible.



In pushing for performance they have produced a massive GPU that can push quite a lot of pixels. In addition, we are seeing the introduction of a handful of DX 9.0c (shader model 3.0) features. Of course, as with everything, there are pros and cons. Do the ups out weight the downs?

First lets look at what new features we can expect to see from this generation of graphics cards, then we'll take a look at the cost.
What’s new in DX 9.0c
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  • quikah - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    Can you post some screen shots of Far Cry? The demo at the launch event was pretty striking so I am wondering if PS 3 were actually enabled since you didn't see any difference. Reply
  • Novaoblivion - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    Wow nice looking card I just hope the new ATI doesnt kick its ass lol Reply
  • Rudee - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    When you factor in the upgrade price of a power supply and a top of the line CPU, this is going to be one heck of an expensive gaming experience. People will be wise to wait for ATI's newest flagship before they make any purchase decisions. Reply
  • Pete - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    Nice review, Derek. Some impressive performance, but now I'm expecting more from ATi in both performance (due to higher clockspeed) and IQ (I'm curious if ATi improved their AF while nV dropped to around ATi's current level). I also have a sneaking suspicion nV may clock the 6800U higher at launch, but maybe they're just giving themselves room for 6850U and beyond (to scale with faster memory). But a $300 12-pipe 128MB 6800 should prove interesting competition to a ~$300 256MB 9800XT.

    The editor in me can't refrain from offering two corrections: I'm pretty sure you meant to say Jen Hsun (not "Jensen") and well nigh (not "neigh").
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  • Mithan - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    Looks like a fantastic card, however I will wait for the ATI numbers first :)


    PS:
    Thanks for including the 9700 Pro. I own that and it was nice to see the difference.
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  • dawurz - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    Derek, could you post the monitor you used (halo at 2048 rez), and any comments on the look of things at that monstrous a resolution?

    Thanks.
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  • rainypickles - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    does the size and the power requirement basically rule out using this beast of a card in a SFF machine? Reply
  • Damarr - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    It was nice to see the 9700 Pro included in the benchmarks. Hopefully we'll see the same with the X800 Pro and XT so there can be a side-by-side comparison (should make picking a new card easier for 9700 Pro owners like myself :) ). Reply
  • DerekWilson - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    We are planning on testing the actual power draw, but until then, NVIDIA is the one that said we needed to go with a 480W PS ... even making that suggestion limits their target demographic.

    Though, it could simply be a limitation of the engineering sample we were all given... We'll just have to wait an see.
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  • Regs - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    Wow, very impressive. Yet very costly. I'm very displeased with the power requirments however. I'm also hoping newer drivers will boost performance even more in games like Far cry. I was hoping to see at least 60 FPS @ 1280x1024 w/ 4x/8x. Even though it's not really needed for such a game and might be over kill, however It would of knocked me off my feet enough where I could over look the PSU requirement. But ripping my system apart yet again for just a video card seems unreasonable for the asking price of 400-500 dollars. Reply

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