Sunday, November 18, 2007

Nvidia 8800 GT

Looks like my ATI Radeon X1950 256mb graphics card is outdated already. I'm looking at another model now, the Nvidia 8800 GT. Its a pretty awesome product.

Toms hardware comments on the product:

This card isn't yet available at the time of writing this article, but it's coming soon, and if you have the $250 to spend on a video card, wait for it. Seriously.

The 8800 GT performs within a stone's throw of the 8800 GTX in the benchmarks we've seen, which is pretty incredible for a card in this price range.

There are only two reasons not to buy an 8800 GT: either you can't find one for sale, or you want to wait and see what the upcoming Radeon 3800 series can do before dropping your cash on a card.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting with 16x full-screen
anti-aliasing brings cool cinematic effects to game scenes
without compromising image quality

Volumetric smoke and fog create ultra realistic battle
explosions and true 3D smoke

Depth of Field (DOF) enables in-game "focus" effects,
such as sharper focus to objects viewed through the scope on a rifle

Motion blur adds cinematic realism to game scenes by
blurring rapidly moving objects

Stream-out generated rain creates rain particles that are
more impressive than traditional 2D texture animations

Soft particles smoothly blend on contact with terrain
and other objects dramatically improving realism

Lowyat sells it for RM 950 only (AUD 315). It hasn't properly made its way to Melbourne yet. The only one which I can find (at a computer shop very near my place) retails for AUD 429. Bummer!

Looks like its another trip to Lowyat again at the end of this year. Yippee!



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