Today NVIDIA has launched their new line of series 8 GPUs, Direct X 10 compatible video cards that up until now have only been represented by the 8800 series of drool worthy but expensive ($300-$500) graphic cards. With the introduction of the 8600 GTS now and the 8600 GT and 8500 GT in early May, NVIDIA now offers Vista solutions at all price ranges, from the under $100 8500 on up.
Just in time for me to purchase an ATI X1950! Feel free to tell me in comments if I made a good purchase there, as my knowledge of video cards is second only to my knowledge of basket weaving. All I know if there is colored fog in C&C 3 where once there was none, and I am happy.
Meanwhile, the new NVIDIA cards should be showing up in stores everywhere by the beginning of next month, so you can pick one and feel bad you didn't spring for the 8800 instead. Press release in full 3D, after the jump.
NVIDIA BRINGS CUTTING-EDGE DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS AND HD VIDEO TO ALL PC USERS
Features and Performance of GeForce® 8 Series Now Available at Lower Price Points
SANTA CLARA, CA--APRIL 17, 2007--NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the extension of the award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series line-up to include three new graphics processing units (GPUs), bringing high-resolution gaming, stunning Microsoft® Windows VistaTM graphics, and stellar HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback to virtually everyone regardless of budget. The new GPUs that complete the world's first top-to-bottom family of DirectX® 10 GPUs include:
• NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
• NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
• NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
These three GPUs join the previously announced NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS, rounding out the product family.
'With Windows Vista being the first operating system to require a GPU to fully realise its graphics potential and with the growing list of popular software applications that take advantage of a dedicated graphics processor, GPUs are no longer a luxury required only by hardcore gamers,' said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GPU business unit at NVIDIA. 'These new GPUs extend the reach of our award-winning GeForce 8 Series and offer cutting-edge, next-generation features to everyone from the hardcore gamer to the casual PC user.'
'DirectX® 10 means higher performance and better looking PC graphics,' said Chris Donahue, group manager, games for Windows at Microsoft. 'We are thrilled to see that NVIDIA has taken the first step to help application developers and end users adopt the newest 3D graphics API, by making DirectX® 10-compliant GPUs available from top-to-bottom for every type of desktop PC user.'
All three new cards feature PureVideo™ HD technology which leverages the revolutionary second-generation video-processing engine in the GeForce 8500 and GeForce 8600 GPUs to deliver the highest-quality playback of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies on everyday PCs. The new programmable video processing engine takes on all of the high definition H.264 HD video decoding, freeing the CPU to perform other tasks and significantly reducing power consumption, heat, and noise.
'Sony Pictures is enthusiastic about the ability to play Blu-ray movies on the PC,' said Don Eklund, executive vice president, advanced technologies at Sony Pictures. 'The new state-of-the-art NVIDIA GeForce 8500 and GeForce 8600 cards will enable consumers to enjoy Blu-ray movies on mainstream PCs.'
With GeForce 8600 GTS and GeForce 8600 GT-based graphic cards, NVIDIA is enabling exceptional performance at price points PC gamers love. The GeForce 8600 GPUs are ideal graphics solutions for the latest NVIDIA nForce® 650i SLI™-based motherboards, which are designed to deliver maximum performance to gamers. The combination of the nForce 650i motherboard and the GeForce 8600 GPU forms a hardware foundation that allows consumers to build their own killer, PC-gaming platforms, enabling high-resolution and high-performance gaming, plus stellar high-definition visuals, at prices that don't break the bank.
Built for Windows Vista, GeForce 8500 GT cards are designed for both casual gamers and for non-gamers, delivering the ultimate in HD video playback along with unprecedented levels of graphics realism, gaming performance and value.
GeForce 8 Series GPUs are the only DirectX 10 GPUs currently available and are the reference GPUs for DirectX 10 API development and certification. GeForce 8 Series GPUs include all required hardware functionality defined in the Microsoft Direct3D® 10 specification, with full support for the DirectX 10 unified shader instruction set and Shader Model 4 capabilities. In addition, every GeForce 8 Series GPU features the NVIDIA PureVideo HD video processor, the NVIDIA Lumenex™ engine for superior image quality, and the NVIDIA Quantum Effects™ technology for simulation and rendering of stunning visual effects in games.
Graphics cards based on GeForce 8600 GTS GPUs are available now from leading retail outlets, system builders, and OEMs. Graphics cards based on GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8500 GT will be available on or before May 1, 2007.