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The nVidia GeForce 9 series of graphics cards is here and nVidia is kicking off the show by flaunting its dual-GPU monster – the GeForce 9800 GX2! This release comes in to compete with AMD/ATi’s Radeon 3870 X2 and packs quite a punch.
The last time nVidia made a dual-GPU graphics card was the GeForce 7950 GX2, which was not a big hit in terms of performance compared to single-GPU alternatives that quickly succeeded it. However, the GeForce 9800 GX2 is based on the same double PCB architecture as the GeForce 7950 GX2 and, although is not clocked as fast as a single GeForce 8800 Ultra, it definitely makes up for two GeForce 8800 GTSes.
Imagine running two of these cards in a quad-SLI configuration! Hopefully, with improved drivers, multi-GPU setups should be able take more advantage of this raw GPU processing power. In addition to its great performance, the GeForce 9800 GX2 is also the first nVidia graphics card to support nVidia’s HybridPower technology, which essentially should allow for dynamic power management depending upon 2D or 3D load.
Read reviews of the GeForce 9800 GX2 at the following links:
I realize that this piece of news has been out for a while, but I still wanted to write about it. If you did not already know, ATI will be soon releasing their newest graphics card: the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2, which they hope to be of competition to nVidia’s GeForce 8 series.
This new graphics card, codenamed R680, is simply a combination of two RV670 GPUs (two Radeon HD 3870s) on the same PCB. This makes for a gigantic card that will definitely demand much ATX case length and cooling… not to mention power consumption. Do you remember when nVidia released their GeForce 7950GX2?
Do not let Ruby’s eyes fool you. ATI has packed a lot of punch into this card, even allowing it to out-perform exisiting ATI Crossfire configurations! However, it does seem that the nVidia 8800 Ultra remains the overall performance victor, although many review sites will have varying opinions. This may change when better drivers are released for the 3870 X2.
You can check out the initial reviews from the following sites:
- AnandTech.com – ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2: 2 GPUs 1 Card, A Return to the High End
- [H]ard|OCP – AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
- Hexus.net -ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2: Getting back in the game
- HotHardware.com -R680 Has Landed: ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
- PC Perspective – Asus AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2: AMD R680 Dual GPU Arrives
- Tomshardware.com – ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2: Fastest Yet!