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New Nvidia card smokes ATI's fastest, costs way more than a PSTriple


ATI general managers must be hosting group hugging sessions right now, as the world's fastest new SLI video card from Nvidia was revealed today -- smoking their offerings by a sizable gap. Next-gen reports early benchmarks and pricing:

The new GPU outperforms the GeForce 8800 GTX, previously the fastest GPU, by 10-15%, and is ideal for gamers hoping to squeeze the most out of DirectX 10 titles such as the upcoming Bioshock, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (pictured), Crysis and Age of Conan.

“The definitive gaming platform is built around the fastest components available and today there is no disputing those components include the GeForce 8800 Ultra GPU and an Nvidia nForce 680i SLI-ready motherboard,” said Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at Nvidia.

“The graphics industry evolves extremely quickly and it is quite an achievement when you can leapfrog your own performance milestones in succession like we have done with these GeForce 8 Series GPUs,” he added.

Graphics cards equipped with the Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra will retail worldwide from May 15, with prices expected to begin at $829 (€699).

Boners, yet I've always felt that the Nvidia Ultra series was an indicator that (a) we could have overclocked their last card to do the same and (b) something way better is about to hit if we hold our coffers for six months. That is a lot of meseta for a video card, obviously. While I'm sure this will have a niche market for men with bottomless pockets (and their insatiable whiny children) I'm sure that there must be some of you hoarding a small fortune to build the ultimate Crytek appliance.

Any early adopters jumping on this? If so, please also include driving directions to your house.

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