Albatron 8800GTX/GTS VGA card leads charge in DirectX 10
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
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:
|| 8800 GTS
|Core Clock (MHz)
|Shader Clock (MHz)
|Memory Clock (MHz)
|Memory Amount (MB)
|Texture Fill Rate
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.