3Digest: October/November 2006:
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT PCI-E 256MB DDR3 (425/1000 MHz)
This GPU is presented by Galaxy GeForce 6800 XT PCI-E 256MB DDR3 (425/1000 MHz), PCI-E.
- NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT GPU, 425 MHz clock rate;
- Pixel pipelines: 8
- Vertex pipelines: 4
- Texture processors: 8
- ROPs: 8
- 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 3400 megapixels/sec and 3400 megatexels/sec.
By the end of the month the product costs $160-170, supports DirectX 9.0c. It's leaving the market.
This $190 and below produt supports all the innovations, including Shader Model 3.0. Has PCI-Express x16 interface.
2.0ns fetch time indicates the actual 500 (1000) MHz. This card was first intended only for OEMs, but is now available as a standalong rival of ATI X1600 XT.
You can read more on GeForce 6 Series in our reviews: Theoretical and analytical graphics card reviews containing functional analysis of NVIDIA GPUs
On November 15, 2006 the latest drivers from NVIDIA were 96.89 beta (for 8800 series), 96.94 beta (for 8800 series), 97.02 beta (for 8800 series), 93.71 WHQL for Windows XP.