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nVidia Details 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+


nVidia Details 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+

New graphics cards, such as the GeForce GTX 200-series and the AMD ATI HD Radeon 4800-series, are all well and good, but not all of us can afford the latest and greatest equipment - okay, we realise the 4850 is actually set to be pretty good value but that's beside the point. nVidia knows this and is set to launch the 9800 GTX+ post haste, a 55nm die-shrunk version of the 9800 GTX.

The main 'feature; of the card is its move to a new, smaller manufacturing process. A 55nm die means that the GPU will be cooler, less power hungry and cheaper to make. The latter assumption definitely holds sway as the MSRP on the 9800 GTX+ is down to $229 (~£115) which means that actual UK pricing will probably sit around £130-150 - exactly the same as the 4850 (although a price drop there is possible).

A fringe benefit of this is that all the cards in nVidia's range below the 9800 GTX+ should also see price reductions and, hopefully, a shift to the 55nm process (incidentally the same one used by AMD since the 3000-series launched). The downside is that anyone who's bought a 9800 GTX in the last few weeks is going to be decidedly annoyed that a, basically, better but cheaper card has been released with no warning.

Hans Gruber

June 20, 2008, 11:44 pm

I wonder if the 'old' 9800 GTXs are compatible with the new 55nm ones in a SLI setup? If not, there certainly will be more than a few extremely miffed Nvidia customers that's for sure.


June 21, 2008, 7:52 am

From the sole review I've seen, it looks like this card uses more power then the old 9800GTX, simply because of its increased clock speeds. Of course, it also looks like this translates to much better performance then the old 9800 GTX. But , I still prefer the one slot solution of the ATI 4850.


June 30, 2008, 5:53 am

The Question? Is, Will this be Faster than GTX 200 Series? or It's Just Going to be Cheaper & Energy Efficient? Damn! Don't Like that! I Need Performance & Power!

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