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NVIDIA Introduces New DirectX 10 Graphics Cards

NVIDIA Corporation announced the extension of the NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series line-up to include three new graphics processing units. The new GPUs that complete the first top-to-bottom family of DirectX 10 GPUs include:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS $199-229
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT $149-159
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT $89-129

All three new cards feature PureVideo HD technology which leverages the second-generation video-processing engine in the GeForce 8500 and GeForce 8600 GPUs to deliver the improved playback of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies on everyday PCs. The new programmable video processing engine takes on all of the high definition H.264 HD video decoding, freeing the CPU to perform other tasks and reducing power consumption, heat, and noise.

GeForce 8 Series GPUs are the only DirectX 10 GPUs currently available and are the reference GPUs for DirectX 10 API development and certification. GeForce 8 Series GPUs include all required hardware functionality defined in the Microsoft Direct3D 10 specification, with full support for the DirectX 10 unified shader instruction set and Shader Model 4 capabilities. In addition, every GeForce 8 Series GPU features the NVIDIA PureVideo HD video processor, the NVIDIA Lumenex engine for improved image quality, and the NVIDIA Quantum Effects technology for simulation and rendering of visual effects in games.

Graphics cards based on GeForce 8600 GTS GPUs are available now from leading retail outlets, system builders, and OEMs. Graphics cards based on GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8500 GT will be available on or before May 1, 2007.

Source: NVIDIA Corporation

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