Mid-range GeForce 8000-series Launch Dates, Prices

"The GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS will launch on April 17, with the GeForce 8300 GS and GeForce 8400 GS following soon after."

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News <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 08/04/07
Author: PV5150
Source: DailyTech

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Looking at getting your hands on one of Nvidia's new mid-range 8xxxx series graphics cards? Well, according to our source the GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS will launch on April 17, with the GeForce 8300 GS and GeForce 8400 GS following soon after.

  • GeForce 8600 GTS -- 256 MB GDDR3, 675 MHz core clock, 1000 MHz memory clock
  • GeForce 8600 GT -- 256 MB GDDR3, 540 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
  • GeForce 8500 GT -- 128 to 256 MB DDR2 or GDDR3, 450 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
NVIDIA claims these three cards will be available at launch. The 8600 GTS will fill the $199 to $229 price point, followed by the 8600 GT ($149 to $159) and the GeForce 8500 GT ($89 to $129).

The GeForce 8400 GS and 8300 GS will bring up the rear with 450 MHz core clocks and 400 MHz memory clocks. However, these two GPUs will only show up in OEM systems and will not likely make an appearance in your local hardware store.

They certainly seem cheap enough!

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07-04-2007, 00:17:30

Nagaru
Looking at the specs it looks like even for DVD-ROM reads at 18x it is under 33MB/s so a 40 pin cable would be fine. Those cables should work, they seem like a good deal to. Also just to put it into perspective remember that very few if any hard disks go over 100MB/s so it is doubtful that DVDs will ever aproach this.

07-04-2007, 00:30:26

mVp24

Looking at the specs it looks like even for DVD-ROM reads at 18x it is under 33MB/s so a 40 pin cable would be fine. Those cables should work, they seem like a good deal to. Also just to put it into perspective remember that very few if any hard disks go over 100MB/s so it is doubtful that DVDs will ever aproach this.



Yea, but reading the reviews, it seems you should use the 133 cables. Maybe I should just go SATA dvd drive. Prolly be cheaper..

07-04-2007, 00:32:25

Nagaru

Yea, but reading the reviews, it seems you should use the 133 cables. Maybe I should just go SATA dvd drive. Prolly be cheaper..



Maybe, and less cable clutter and more "futureproof".

07-04-2007, 00:49:52

mVp24

Maybe, and less cable clutter and more "futureproof".



Yea, I'm about to kill something right now :(

I can't find ANY spare SATA cables!


wtf.

07-04-2007, 05:21:30

Jim
Easy way to find out mate is to count the ribbons on the cable. If you get to 40 and you're only half way thru, then you know its an 80-pin one ;)

Agreed on the SATA tho, I <3 my SATA writer.

07-04-2007, 07:24:34

ionicle
yeah, go SATA, saves lots of problems :)

07-04-2007, 08:25:26

Rastalovich
There`s quite a few ways to look at this.

SATA writers are observed equally as cheap as their ATA counterparts, so there`s no issue there.

In the next year or 2, the IDE connections on new mobos may disappear altogether - but then a new good standard writer costs less than £20.. so it isn`t that much of an issue. Similarly IDE->SATA thingies have been seen from £7.99 to £17.99.. meh.

U`r dilema of is the cable 80 or 40 core ribbon`ed - well if u have a HardDrive IDE cable that`s less than a handfull of years old, it`ll be an 80, u can use the same one. The size of individual strands of the ribbon (not an exact science): the 40 pol looks similar thickness to a molex, and the 80 pol strands will look like thinner fan wires - as a comparison. Both use a 40 pin connector - so don`t be confused when the top of the connector says 40 ;) The 80 just uses 2 wires per pin connection.

Most importantly for u prehaps would be if u`r mobo is capable of recognizing a SATA optical unit from boot. What u don`t want is a situation where u have a windows problem and need to boot to cd or something, but u`r mobo won`t let u. The guyz could advise u better if u`r mobo make will allow this.

Is there a speed/performance difference ? Well it`s hard to say exactly. To be able to do this u would need 3 identical units; one with SATA, and the other 2 using a 80 pol and a 40 pol. It`s commented that, apart from bursts, that opticals don`t operate over something like ATA66 no matter what way they`re connected coz of the present limitations of how they`re constructed.

It`s also fair to comment that if u rely on internal audio output to a soundcard, not all SATA have them. In fact all the ones I`ve seen so far haven`t, but that`s not saying a whole lot.

Do-not connect an optical unit on the same IDE ribbon as a harddrive - an IDE channel syncs to the lowest speed unit. So effectively u`r harddrive will drop from ATA133 to ATA100/66 or lower.

So really u need to look at what u`r using in u`r pc at the moment. If u`ve already got both IDE channels covered with alteast 1 harddrive, including an optical in the mix will upset the speed. Have u got a free SATA port - or are u looking to add another SATA harddrive to u`r system in the future (prehaps) and only have 1 slot left ?

To be fair, u use u`r harddrives infinitely more than u`r writer, so bare the effects of u`r writer on them. U kinda use a writer and.. well most of the time it sits there.

07-04-2007, 13:49:49

mVp24
Great post Rast! Reps.

I have my CD drive as the only thing using IDE atm. I have 3 SATA slots left, is there any way I can tell if my motherboard supports SATA optical drives? Thanks.

07-04-2007, 14:01:42

FragTek

Great post Rast! Reps.

I have my CD drive as the only thing using IDE atm. I have 3 SATA slots left, is there any way I can tell if my motherboard supports SATA optical drives? Thanks.



Ur board supports em, all SATA mobo's should with current drivers installed. That shouldn't be a worry.

You're only worry right now should be finding a good SATA burner at a good price :p

07-04-2007, 14:56:53

Rastalovich

Ur board supports em, all SATA mobo's should with current drivers installed. That shouldn't be a worry.

You're only worry right now should be finding a good SATA burner at a good price :p



How about from boot Frag ? That`d be my only concern.
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