G80 GPUs failing to attract much demand

By Justin Mann on November 20, 2006, 10:52 AM
Despite the fantastic performance offerings of the G80 based Nvidia cards, the units are selling poorly. The 8800 cards are industry leaders in terms of features and performance, which includes DirectX 10 support, crucial for the upcoming Windows Vista. Unfortunately, whether due to the higher price point or the low penetration of titles requiring that much performance, or perhaps even the lack of Vista's availability, the cards are simply not in demand yet and it seems that Nvidia will already have their successor lined up before they do become popular. The G84 and G86 revisions are due for release in the first quarter of 2007, which is the same time ATI's DirectX 10 compatible R600 series GPUs will be made available.

Likely, with the release of Vista around that time, interest in DirectX 10 cards will be much greater.

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---agissi--- said:
Maybe nVidia should try a new strategy.. NOT releasing a new $600 videocard every month and expecting hardcore enthuasiasts to jump all over it. We dont have that money laying around to spend on a videocard THIS often.
nimo333 said:
Yep, I agree with agissi.
jesse_hz said:
Well, I'm not surprised.
buttus said:
I think many are in the same boat as I am. I have an Athlon 64 3400+ Core and will be looking at a new puter soon. Part of my personal issue is that I have a BFG 6800 GT OC AGP card and for me to move on for the latest greatest I'll need PCI-e, DDR2 RAM, either an Intel or AMD Dual core and basically a whole new puter.For long term viability though, what is really holding me back is waiting for DirectX 10 games. Although the 8800 is a beast and is the first DX10 compliant card, because no DX10 games are out there and Vista not really expected to hit til Q1 of 2007...there is simply no need to rush and grab this card at all.It looks as if ATI-AMD has the right strategy. They are taking their time to co-incide the release of their next gen with Vista and DX10 in Q1. At least that way the marketing and materials will all be fresh and they have that much more time to come up with something to top the 8800 as they will have had time to react and engineer.Julio...how about a contest for us forum members? Got any 8800's to give away???:)I'll just be sitting here happily dreaming away.
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