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If the GPU world were a wildlife special on the National Geographic channel, the G80 processor that powers GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards would be a stunningly successful apex predator. In the nearly two years that have passed since its introduction, no other single-chip graphics solution has surpassed it. Newer GPUs have come close, shrinking similar capabilities into smaller, cooler chips, but that's about it. The G80 is still the biggest, baddest beast of its kind—a chip, as we said at the time, with "the approximate surface area of Rosie O'Donnell." After it dispatched its would-be rival, the Radeon HD 2900 XT, in an epic mismatch, AMD gave up on building high-end GPUs altogether, preferring instead to go the multi-GPU route. Meanwhile, the G80 has sired a whole range of successful offspring, from teeny little mobile chips to dual-chip monstrosities like the GeForce 9800 GX2.

Of course, even the strongest predator has a limited time as king of the pride, and the G80's reign is coming to a close. Today, its true heir arrives on the scene in the form of the GT200 graphics processor powering the GeForce GTX 200-series graphics cards. Despite being built on a smaller chip fabrication process, the GT200 is even larger than the G80, and it packs nearly twice the processing power of its progenitor.

This new contender isn't content with just ruling the same territory, either. Nvidia has ambitious plans to expand the GPU's processing domain beyond real-time graphics and gaming, and as the GPU computing picture becomes clearer, those plans seem increasingly viable. Join us as we dive in for a look at this formidable new processor.
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Edited by Marin - 6/16/08 at 8:20am
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I was hoping this would beat the GX2, and it does get pretty close. I'll bet in SLI these things would own a couple GX2's because of drivers. Not to mention that these benchmarks were probably run with older gtx 280 drivers, not the new 177.34's that will be released with it, which throw out maybe 10fps more on crysis. So yeah, we'll just have to wait and see what drivers do for it. Might actually beat the GX2 after all.
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...lame

Might aswell save for 1 GX2 since it will be about the same price or cheaper
    
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Alot of good reviews today to shed some light on this expensive video card.
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I am getting really tired of these GTX 280 threads. =|
    
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I am getting really tired of these GTX 280 threads. =|
Then don't post
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I was hoping this would beat the GX2, and it does get pretty close. I'll bet in SLI these things would own a couple GX2's because of drivers. Not to mention that these benchmarks were probably run with older gtx 280 drivers, not the new 177.34's that will be released with it, which throw out maybe 10fps more on crysis. So yeah, we'll just have to wait and see what drivers do for it. Might actually beat the GX2 after all.
They get no-where near.
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Then don't post
I wonder....how would not posting prevent more GTX 280 threads? Thats what I thought. It wouldn't.
    
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...lame

Might aswell save for 1 GX2 since it will be about the same price or cheaper
gx2's are running as low as $429......thats way cheaper than $650.
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this leaves the door wide open for ati...
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