Today marks the launch of the newest video card form NVIDIA, the 8800 GT. The 8800 GT is notable for its performance to price ratio and in the fact that it is a single slot video card. The NVIDIA 8800 GT will sit in the 8800 series lineup right below the 8800 GTS 320MB and right above the 8600 GTS.
This is likely the video card that many have been waiting for before jumping on the DirectX 10 bandwagon. While we don’t have cards to test right now (they are coming) some sources say that a pair of the 8800 GT cards are as powerful as a single 8800 Ultra. The 8800 GT is also designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus standard, but is backwards compatible with current PCI Express slots. The 8800 GT has 112 stream processors, each individually clocked at 1.5GHz and a 256-bit memory interface running at 900MHz.
The price point for the 8800 GT series cards will fall in the $199 to $259 range according to NVIDIA. However, you can expect overclocked versions from some of the NVIDIA card partners to run more than that suggested price range. For instance BFG announced its 8800GT OC 512MB card this morning at a retail price of $299.
The BFG 8800 GT OC has a core clock of 625MHz (600MHz is standard), a shader clock of 1566MHz (1500MHz is standard) and a memory data rate of 1800MHz. “GeForce 8800 GT is the perfect card for gamers that want to play Crysis,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek. “By bringing such high performance to the sub-$250 price segment, NVIDIA is allowing even more gamers to experience the full range of Crysis’s stunning visual effects at maxed-out resolutions.”