3Digest, August 2006:
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS PCI-E 256MB DDR3 (425/1000 MHz)
This GPU is presented by the reference NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS PCI-E 256MB DDR3 (425/1000 MHz), PCI-E.
- NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS GPU, 425 MHz clock rate;
- Pixel pipelines: 12
- Vertex pipelines: 5
- Texture processors: 12
- ROPs: 12
- 256MB DDR3 SGRAM in 8 Samsung BGA chips. 500 (1000) MHz max. clock rate.
- 256-bit bus;
- Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode without optimizations is 5100 megapixels/sec and 5100 megatexels/sec.
By the end of the month the product costs $220, supports DirectX 9.0c.
This $200-230 and below product supports all the innovations, including Shader Model 3.0. Has PCI-Express x16 interface.
2.0ns fetch indicates the actual 500 (1000) MHz. The product was released in November as a rival to ATI X1600 XT. However, it has no card to compete with after the latter became cheaper.
You can read more on GeForce 6 Series in our reviews: Theoretical and analytical graphics card reviews containing functional analysis of NVIDIA GPUs
On August 15, 2006 the latest drivers from NVIDIA were 91.33, 91.45 beta release for Windows XP.