Nvidia has introduced the mother-of-all graphics chip, the Geforce 8800. The new GPU offers superb power, DirectX 10 support and a capable physics engine. The chip performs brilliantly while playing high definition games. Compared to the GeForce 7900 with 278 million transistors, the new 8800 models are also manufactured in a 90 nm manufacturing process, but carry a whopping 681 million transistors. It provides hyper memory of 768 MB. According to the company, DX 10 allows programmers to create more lifelike character animations and 3D image rendering with geometry creation and efficient batch processing, which means that much more realistic and immersive 3D characters and environments are possible.
With the improved technology, in-game characters can be expressed with literally hundreds of strands of individual hairs independent of each other. Or, in a game like Crysis, individual markings on a tree, or the number of different, individual leaves, can contain more information that is contained in an entire level of a previous generation PC game. According to Nvidia, the 8800 has much more physics capability, especially in SLI configurations, and is able to realistically display smoke, fire and explosions through the firm’s proprietary “Quantum Effects” technology.
The cost of the GTX version is $600 and that of GTS version is $450.