Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nvidia intros GTX 280

This is exactly what I needed (better yet, three of those) to be able to play on my 24" LCD.

Nvidia has once again turned all graphic cards obsolete, by presenting their new high-end GTX 280 and 260 models.

GTX 280 has 240 processing cores and 1GB RAM, while the smaller GTX 260 has "only" 192 cores and 896MB RAM.

And to show that all this power is more than enough to handle tasks beyond 3D games:

Not even PS3's Cell processor can get close.

As for the games, check these benchmarks. This a card that allows you to play most games at 50-60fps in ultra-high 2560x1600 resolution.

Even Crysis moves along nicely at a more manageable1920x1200.

The drawback is its price, $640 and $400 USD are not exactly cheap. Particularly considering you can get similar performance in most cases with a 9800 GX2 which costs a lot less. So... who will actually spend a small fortune on that? Not that many people... (Then again, how many of you have a 30" LCD to justfify these beasts - or even a 24" LCD?)

It will also be curious to see who will end up winning the "arms race" in 3D gaming: if Nvidia with its monolithic super powered single chips, or AMD/ATI with its smaller but scalable chip architecture.

With Intel alreday demoing real-time ray tracing in 3D games using 16 cores CPUs... it won't take long till we have enough CPU power to have photorealistic graphics in our computers. And then... will there really be a need for discrete graphic cards? (Just like what happened with math coprocessors chips back in the day.)

via [Engadget, Gizmodo, Techreport]

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