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NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Card Revealed

NVIDIA may have not officially announced their next top-of-the-line graphics card, but Hard|OCP has dug up some info and pictures of it in the flesh. According to Hard|OCP, the next NVIDIA video card will be named the GeForce 9800 GX2 and basically include two 65nm 8800 GPUs on two circuit boards in a SLI configuration in one package that fits into one PCI Express slot. The card will also have a 1GB frame buffer and 256 stream processors total.

The GeForce 9800 GX2 will launch in late February, but no price has been mentioned just yet. I am guessing you will need to take out a second mortgage on your house to afford it. NVIDIA’s GeForce 9800 GX2 will replace the current king of the hill video card, the GeForce 8800 Ultra, so expect it to be priced around what that card costs or maybe more.

Expect the 9800 GX2 to also be 30% faster than the 8800 Ultra and it should support Quad SLI configuration if you have the money to afford four of them. That would hypothetically mean you would have two GPUs on each card and four of them in your system for grand total of eight GPUs! I am beginning to think this is getting a little out of hand.

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  • Erickarim - January 4th, 2008 at 3:50 pm
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    no out of hand.
    stuff will finally be able to run crysis !!!

    in a couple of years, we would need have these bad boys in our system to play current games.

    awesome ! ! !

  • yeshuu - January 5th, 2008 at 10:15 am
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    how much is this gonna cost though, weve barely had the 8 series cards, and were already mocing on..

  • cnc137 - January 5th, 2008 at 1:25 pm
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    True. I was thinking about this and you would think that if it is really just two 8800GT cards in an SLI formation that fits into one slot, then it would only cost the same as buying two 8800GT video cards. The new 8800GT cards cost between $250 and $300, so hypothetically this should cost around $500 to $600 if my theory is correct.

    $500+ is still way too much for me to pay for a video card that will be out of date in a year. My wife, her parents, and sister’s family bought me a 8800GT video card for Christmas. I am happy with that and it is good to know that I could, if I wanted to in the future, buy another one and run it in SLI mode on my nVidia motherboard and hypothetically have the same performance as the 9800 GX2.

    The only major thing I can see that the 9800 GX2 brings to the table is that it will allow people that don’t have nVidia SLI motherboards the opportunity to run their video cards in SLI mode using only one slot.

    I was a little disappointed in this announcement and was surprised they didn’t come out with a totally new GPU for the 9000 series. I guess maybe we will have to wait until the 10000 series for that???

  • yeshuu - January 6th, 2008 at 5:47 pm
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    why do they need too when they can easily package 2 8800s into one card and have very good performance, the only thing that this will require is a huge power supply i guess, 2 of those nvidea things must be very thirsty

  • cnc137 - January 6th, 2008 at 6:25 pm
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    Yes, I know the 8800GT needs an extra power supply cord connected, so you would think this will need two of them. I am not sure, but I think I heard the 8800 Ultra also needs 2 power supply connections currently. It will be interesting to see what is the minimum power supply wattage you will need to use this 9800 GX2 and how many power supply connections it needs.

    I wonder how big of a power supply you will need to use this in Quad SLI configuration?

  • yeshuu - January 7th, 2008 at 9:14 am
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    wow, you’ll need your own nuclear power plant to power that :) i cant wait till we figure out how to run processors in SLI or something like hat then THEN we will see the HHUUGGEE power supplies lol:) this is outragous!!!

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Date: January 3, 2008
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