Nvidia has the DirectX 10 graphics technology lead and isn't hesitant about pushing it even though the content is still months away. The company didn't bother to wait for the release of Windows Vista before unleashing its GeForce 8800 DirectX 10 GPUs. The Santa Clara-based green giant launched its 8800 series of GPUs late last year targeting the early adopters with two high-performance, high-price GTX and GTS models. Now Nvidia is releasing the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB model to give fresh Vista owners a more affordable DX10 video card option. The card comes with half the RAM of its $400 GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB sibling, but it also has a lower $300-350 MSRP.
The GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB comes with 96 floating point processors, the same as the original 640MB GTS but still less than the flagship 128-processor GeForce 8800 GTX. Stock GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB cards will come with a 500MHz core clock paired with a 1.2GHz shader clock. The 320MB of GDDR3 memory has an effective speed of 1.6GHz. Nvidia recommends a 400W power supply for the standard GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB card.
Expect to see several GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB variants out there because the video card manufacturers can adjust memory and GPU clock speeds to create more premium models. XFX sells an overclocked XXX model with a 580MHz core and 1.8GHz memory for $335.