Even though Nvidia's GeForce 8800-series graphics cards speed past the competition in most benchmarks out there, word is that the cards suffer from compatibility problems. The Inquirer says it has received reports of GeForce 8800-series cards simply refusing to work with some motherboards, and X-bit Labs has complained of similar problems with Abit and Intel motherboards in its GeForce 8800 GTX review. The Inq reckons the cards don't work because they aren't fully PCI Express compliant, as evidenced by their absence from the PCI Special Interest Group's compliant components list. The list was last updated on December 15. While it seems to include ATI's and Nvidia's entire PCIe graphics card lineups, it lacks any mention of G80 or GeForce 8800 products.
Update: Nvidia says its GeForce 8800 cards have in fact passed PCI SIG certification.
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