NVIDIA's GeForce 6 series has managed to go where the GeForce FX rarely could, landing in the options list for a pair of high-end desktop PCs from PC mega-builder Dell. Of course, learning about this design win requires a trip to the magical, mystical land of OEM video card options, so prepare yourself for the unexplained, unexpected, and unknown. The Dimension 8400 has a mythical trio of graphics options, including the heapy-cheapy ATI Radeon X300 SE, the mid-range-ish Radeon X800 SE, and something called the GeForce 6800 GTO as the high-end part. (Apparently the GTO is the OEM version of the GeForce 6800 GT with a 350MHz graphics core and 450MHz memory.) All are PCI Express X16 cards. A high-end graphics option from ATI is notably absent from the 8400's video card options.
The gaming-oriented Dimension XPS packs a similar set of choices, but the GeForce 6800 GTO is the middle option here, with the Radeon X800 XT occupying the priciest slot.
NVIDIA may have an even bigger winner on its hands with the GeForce 6600 GT, as we recently noted. Of course, ATI is not sitting still, either. 'twill be interesting to see who wins the affections of Dell and other major players with the new mid-range cards.
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