Albatron 8800GTS/GTX Cards

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Albatron 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.
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.

Albatron 8800 Albatron 8800GTS/GTX Cards

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 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:

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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.

Other Features
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 2560×1600.
Packaging
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.
DirectX 10 Revolution
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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