Then it’s finally time for a look at nVidia’s new, very discussed new graphics circuit, namely the NV40. Anton Nilsson met nVidia in San José a couple of weeks ago to get a look at how the new GeForce6 based graphics cards works and performs. The graphics card that has been examined in NH’s test lab is the GeForce 6800 Ultra and as said it’s based on the enormous graphics chip which has got a whole 222 million transistors. 16 pipelines, GDDR3 memory running at 1,1 GHz, full support for the new DirectX 9.0c and a row of improvements compared to the GeForce FX series makes this card a winner card.
nVidia got a bit left behind when ATi for about a year and a half ago released the 9700 Pro. Not only did ATi manage to deliver their card long before nVidia, later on, when nVidia finally released their GeForce FX 5800 Ultra it also showed that it did not have much to come with. The successors GeForce FX 5900 and 59059 Ultra had more success but most people’s opinions where that ATi’s products were simply superior when it came to both image quality and performance. In other words, ATi has been on top within 3D graphics in a year and a half, for the first time in the company’s career. Today nVidia stops that trend.
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