Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on June 13, 2007 - 3:00 PM
According to the company's partners, Nvidia plans to launch a cheap version of its GeForce 8-series graphics card, the GeForce 8400, on June 19. The card will be available in two versions, one with 256-Mbytes of frame buffer memory, and the other with 128-Mbytes. The memory interface will also be cut down as well, to just a 64-bit memory channel.
The hook, however, will be the price: less than $100, which will bring a cheap form of DirectX 10 compatibility to the masses, the partners said.
While the exact price was not available, the two models will probably be priced at $79.99 on the high end. Reports have indicated that the cheaper card will be sold for about $50; however, Nvidia's partners did not confirm that information. Nvidia's GeForce 8500XT with 256 Mbytes of frame buffer RAM is priced at $99, although one company, XFX, is offering a $10 rebate on Amazon, which has pushed the price down to $89.
Features of the card were not available, although sources said their information indicated that the cards would be clocked at 450 MHz with a 400-MHz memory clock.