XFX ups the G-force

New, multi-GPU SLI supporting graphics cards launched based on the 9800 GTX

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  April 1, 2008

XFX has launched a new series of graphics cards based on nVidia’s new 9800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU) - the fastest consumer-aimed GPU in nVidia’s lineup.

The 9800 GTX line-up targets gamers and PC enthusiasts alike, and provides compelete support DirectX 10.

The new range also offers three-way multi-GPU SLI support, and boasts nVidia’s new power-saving HybridPower technology. When a motherboard and a graphics card that support this technology are paired, the graphics card can be shutdown entirely – when system demand for graphics is low. According to the firm, this allows the motherboard’s less powerful integrated graphics chipset to take over. XFX claims this reduces a PC’s noise output and power consumption.

The card features dual-link DVI outputs and a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) support. The latter makes it possible for users to connect the card to HDTVs and output graphics at 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels).

Gamers interested in the 9800 GTX have a choice of three cards from XFX; Standard, Extreme and XXX edition. Standard cards are the least expensive and run their GPU and memory at 675MHz and 2200MHz, while the slightly more pricey Extreme cards boast a higher GPU frequency of 720MHz. At the top end, the most expensive XXX edition cards feature a core and memory speed of 740MHz and 2280MHz. Pricing for all three cards is yet to be announced.

All three card variants are expected to appear in retail shops around the region by the beginning of next week.

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