Super-fast nVidia cards take on ATi

GeForce 6800-based graphics cards are beginning to appear on the market following the launch of nVidia’s new high-end chipset.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 18, 2004

Following the recent launch of nVidia’s new high-end graphics chipset, GeForce 6800-based cards are now beginning to appear on the market. nVidia’s new chipset is designed to compete with its main rival ATi’s super-fast Radeon 9800 chips. Targeted at hardcore gamers, demanding multimedia users and home cinema enthusiasts looking to base home theatre set-ups around their PCs, nVidia’s GeForce 6800 and faster 6800 Ultra chips offer what the company claims is the best in graphics performance. The chips utilise nVidia’s CineFX 3.0 engine, which features what nVidia claims is the industry’s only true 128-bit precision processing, as well as new copper cooling technology to stop cards overheating while they power away. Following the launch of nVidia’s new chipsets, MSI has unveiled its MSI NX6800 Ultra range of cards, while Alabatron has released new GeForce 6800 and GeForce 6800UV VGA models. Because its new cards use a 16-pipeline design, Albatron claims the performance of its GeForce 6800 models is twice as impressive as that of nVidia FX5950-based cards. Gigabyte has also been quick off the mark with the release of its GV-N68U256VH and GV-N68128D accelerators, which the company reckons deliver up to eight times the shading power of previous generation products. nVidia’s new chipsets will go head-to-head with main rival ATi’s Radeon 9800 series of chips, the fastest of which is the Radeon 9800XT. This chipset powers Asus' Radeon 9800XT graphics card, tested in the forthcoming June issue of Windows Middle East.

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