After more than a year of service, Nvidia's G80-based graphics cards will retire next month, according to a report by Fudzilla. The rumor site says all G80 cards—that means the GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB, and GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB—will hit end of life status in January, yielding their place to newer, G92-based derivatives. G92 replacements already include the GeForce 8800 GT and GeForce 8800 GT 256MB, and if recent rumors are accurate, they'll be joined by a GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB tomorrow.
The 8800 GTS 512MB is expected to be priced at just $299-349—a far cry from the $600+ GeForce 8800 Ultra—so Nvidia may be left without premium top-of-the-line cards upon the G80 series' discontinuation. Of course, Nvidia has more products up its sleeve. The rumor mill has already produced information about an upcoming dual-GPU, G92-based product as well as a next-gen GeForce 9 graphics card, which are both said to be scheduled for the first quarter of next year.
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