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Albatron 8800GTX/GTS VGA card leads charge in DirectX 10
Date: Wednesday November 08, 2006
Category: Video Cards
Manufacturer Link: Albatron
Albatron Technology announces the 8800GTX and 8800GTS, featuring support for the much anticipated DirectX 10 standard that promises a faster, more exciting gaming experience for the market.


Albatron 8800GTX/GTS VGA card leads charge in DirectX 10 Revolution!

Albatron Technology recently announced its latest performance cards, the 8800GTX and 8800GTS, featuring support for the much anticipated DirectX 10 standard that promises a faster, more exciting gaming experience for the market. With Windows® Vista just around the corner, distributors and retailers are already lining up with big orders anticipating a rush for these performance gaming cards which feature NVIDIA®'s new DirectX 10 GPUs.

DirectX 10 is the latest version of the DirectX standard developed by Microsoft® Corporation and is used to give multimedia (graphics, communications, sound etc.) developers, namely the gaming industry, a more convenient and efficient interface (API) in developing application programs. In effect, developers get a very powerful environment to develop programs leading to more exciting games for consumers.
The new DirectX 10 standard is used by and geared for the upcoming Windows® Vista operating system which makes this release very timely as Microsoft readies its huge consumer Windows Vista release in early '07. To take advantage of the latest games using DirectX 10 you will need to run on a system with Windows Vista and a DirectX 10 graphics subsystem.

This new version supplants the Direct9.0c version and features a very robust feature set with significant improvements, especially in rendering complex 3D effects in real time. With DirectX 10 comes the new Shader Model 4.0 which also includes significant changes to the graphics processing, reducing idle time and increasing task sharing between shader models and generally making it much more efficient and faster.

8800 GTX versus 8800 GTS

The basic difference between the two cards is the GPUs. The Albatron 8800GTX has the NVIDIA GeForce™ 8800GTX GPU and the 8800GTS has the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS GPU. In short, the 8800GTX GPU has more horsepower than the 8800GTS as shown in the table below:

GPU 8800 GTX 8800 GTS
Stream Processors 128 96
Core Clock (MHz) 575 500
Shader Clock (MHz) 1350 1200
Memory Clock (MHz) 900 800
Memory Amount (MB) 768 (DDRIII) 640 (DDRIII)
Memory Interface 384-bit 320-bit
Memory Bandwidth 86.4 64
Texture Fill Rate 36.8 24

The 8800GTX will also bear a longer footprint than the 8800GTS at 280mm vs. 241.9mm. And, of course, the 8800GTX is expected to run several hundred dollars (USD) more than the 8800GTS.

Both of these cards are PCI-Express and are SLI™ compliant, include NVIDIA's PureVideo™ technology, and support HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting). These cards also support High Definition H2.64, MPEG-2, WMV hardware acceleration and High-Quality Scaling (clear, crisp, clean images at any window size). Finally, these cards will support dual-link DVI ports supporting two displays with resolutions up to 2560x1600.

Aside from the driver CD and install guide, both of these cards will also come with an HDTV cable (S-video and composite out), S-Video 4-pin Cable, AV cable and DVI adapter.

The DirectX 10 revolution is on and not a moment too soon. With the imminent arrival of the Windows Vista operating system just around the corner, consumers are expecting a new genre of faster and more exciting games taking advantage of the new Vista/DirectX 10 technologies. The 8800GTX and 8800GTS are Albatron's two high powered VGA cards that are lined up and ready for the DirectX 10 charge.

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