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Thu 18 Jan 2007 04:00 AM

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nVidia cuts memory to boost value

nVidia has announced plans to release a 320Mbyte GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card by mid-February. Presently nVidia’s partners are already selling high-end GeForce 8800 GTS cards with 640Mbytes of GDDR3.

nVidia has announced to its partners plans to release a 320Mbyte GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card by mid-February. Presently nVidia’s partners are already selling high-end GeForce 8800 GTS cards, but these are sold with 640Mbytes of GDDR3.

The 8800 GTS is the second fastest DirectX 10 GPU in nVidia’s arsenal - behind the 8800 GTX - and was designed specifically as a solution for enthusiasts and gamers on a constrained budget. The 320Mbyte 8800 GTS could be sold for between $25 and $50 less than its 640Mbyte equivalent.

Besides the memory difference, no other changes will be made to the 320Mbyte 8800 GTS card. Its core and memory will run at 500MHz and 800MHz respectively and its GPU features 96 onboard processors capable of handling pixel- and vertex-based graphics work. Its high-end silent cooling system will also remain.

nVidia now has plans to launch more DirectX 10 cards ahead of rival AMD’s R600 GPU, which is scheduled for launch at Cebit 2007.

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