Mid-range GeForce 8000-series Launch Dates, Prices

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"Earlier this week review publications received their test kits for the GeForce 8300 through 8600. The bulk of these cards, the GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS will launch on April 17, with the GeForce 8300 GS and GeForce 8400 GS following soon after..."

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Torch4263d ago

By the looks of it, it's gonna be the 8600 GTS for me.

Now how 'bout some DX10-based content to justify that arguably expensive and redundant new Vista operatings system, eh?

Mmmmm....Aero glass...

Rooted_Dust4263d ago

I think I'm going to hold out for the ATI R600, to at least see how they stack up. I've not been very impressed with Nvidia lately. They still don't have the Vista drivers worked out properly. I still can't use both GPU's on my 7950.

mc4263d ago

the midrange r600 cards look more promissing. performance of the 8600 gts appears to be pretty average.

Torch4263d ago

...and I'll definitely take both your advice to heart and wait for all the alternatives to become available.

Nonetheless, the two-hundred-dollar area appears to be my sweet spot...unless I decide to get back into 3D modelling/animation (been really, really getting the itch, lately.) Then I'll definitely move my price point up a notch (or two.)

highps34263d ago

8600 is so average they just got the CORE to 1ghz with air overclocking...

Average huh?

SuperSaiyan44263d ago

That those weaker ones because they only have max 256mb of ram, the 360 GPU offers nearly all the features of the FULL 8 series only it doesnt have 768mb of ram and isnt FULL DX10 other than that you got a next gen GPU right there in the 360.

Torch4263d ago (Edited 4263d ago )

are ultimately two different animals...although they share much of the same guts.

And if DX10 delivers as publicised, you're gonna be seeing graphics at a whole new level (it's a big "IF", mind you.) For the life of me, I'm unable to find the issue number, but about five or six months ago, Maximum PC magazine published an issue bearing an attractive female model on the cover...only by reading the fine print did I learn that she was CGI. I never seen anything like it, to be honest: perfect skin tones, excellent bump mapping and ultra-detailed texture maps...It was still hard to believe she wasn't real. Anyway, the kicker is that not only was the ultra-realistic image CGI, but the magazine claims that the model was renderable and animatable AT 60 FPS, specifically because of DirectX 10, they claim.

I've personally been a fan and subscriber of Maximum PC for a few years now, and they appear to come across as quite reputable. I can't help but remain skeptical until I see that model and DX10 in action with my own eyes. But if there's any truth to its claimed potential...the PC's gonna be absolutely mind-blowing.

mc4263d ago

but the 360 has to share its ram with the cpu. pc does not.

zonetrooper54263d ago

I still can't be asked with Vista and DirectX10, can't wait for my Geforce 7950GT OC 512mb PCI-E card which is coming this Thursday its gonna be great.

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