Nvidia releases low-cost G80 series cards today

By Justin Mann on April 17, 2007, 5:41 PM
Nvidia promised and Nvidia delivered. Today, Nvidia released three new DX10 parts, all tailored to be a more affordable G80 solution than the existing cards. The GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT and 8500GT were made available today, ranging from $90 to $230, all with the DirectX 10 support enthusiasts so crave (only available in Vista currently!). In a world that is often plagued by paper releases, it's comforting to see a company sticking to their promised releases.

This is another blow towards AMD, who has yet to make any R600 units available, let alone mid-range cards that most people can afford. On top of that, Nvidia is planning yet another iteration of G80 in the coming months that will lower the prices further.

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Canadian said:
Also a bunch of new Vista drivers that fix many problems and increase performance.
Jibberish18 said:
To me these new mid-range 8000 series Nvidia cards don't look like anything special. To me they look weaker than existing DX9 cards, with them having the main advantage of utilizing DX10. And they're not cheap either. This is all on paper though. I'm not sure whether I would just want to have a very powerful DX9 card for a fairly cheap price or a DX10 capable card for a fairly (in my opinion) steep price. In the end I think I'd rather just spend the money on a powerful 8800 GTS since it just a bit more expensive than some of these mid-range cards. Am I wrong here?
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