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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