According to a report by ExtremeTech.com, Nvidia plans to launch a cheap version of its GeForce 8-series graphics card in an effort to further gain market share in the discrete desktop graphics market, which it currently controls. The GeForce 8400 would reportedly come in two versions, one with 256MB of frame buffer memory, and the other with 128MB, priced at $79.99 and $49.99 for the cheapest Direct X 10 compatibility possible.
Features of the card were not available, although sources said their information indicated that the cards would be clocked at 450 MHz with a 400-MHz memory clock. HDCP support should be included, although the cards will probably lack HDMI as a cost-saving feature, they said. It was not known whether the cards will be SLI-enabled.
Nvidia already has a sub-$100 DirectX 10 card out in the market, the GeForce 8500XT with 256MB of frame buffer RAM is priced at $99; however, with Nvidia pushing down its budget card prices, more than one will be tempted to grab one for some DX10 gaming goodness, even if they don’t run as smoothly as high-end cards in all the latest games.