Buub wrote:Krogoth255 wrote:You cannot directly buy a 6800 Ultra Extreme, they are exclusively available only for high-end systems for Voodoo PC, Northwest Falcon and Alienware.
I don't believe that is true. There are three manufacturers who have the opportunity to make them. Only Gainward is going to be able to deliver in the short term because they put together that cool water-cooled system. The other two are air-cooled, and apparantly can't get enough chips that will run at that speed with air cooling.
This is from either El'Reg or The Inq, don't remember which.
TR X800 Review wrote:The "Extreme" cards will be sold in systems made by select high-end PC builders like VoodooPC and Falcon Northwest, and through card makers like Gainward and XFX. I don't have an official list of those partners just yet, but NVIDIA says to expect announcements at E3. Perhaps then we'll learn more about what these puppies will cost, as well. These cards should be available in June in whatever quantities NVIDIA and its partners can muster.
Brap wrote:Another thing is that the act of despiration,isn't it strange that they don't say: HEY WE GOT THIS GREAT DIAMOND,but they say LOOK, OUR COMPETITION HAS A ROCK!
Splinter wrote:Brap wrote:Another thing is that the act of despiration,isn't it strange that they don't say: HEY WE GOT THIS GREAT DIAMOND,but they say LOOK, OUR COMPETITION HAS A ROCK!
lol, for some reason that reminded me of Coke and pepsi.
Coke: Hey guys! Coke is great! Drink coke!
Pepsi: Hey, Coke sucks, Britney Spears doesn't drink Coke.
Forge wrote:Pfeh at more guess release dates.
Last one I heard that I trusted said 'end of May', and that one's rapidly passing.
I stick by my statement. If I have my paycheck in hand, and I can't order a GF6800U, then I'll take the X800 Pro. I need to get my frag on.
Tribune wrote:I for 1 would like to challange the hardware boys to chill a 6800 so that it runs at 525 core to negate the pain of all that shader3 hardware and run say `farcry` against a X800 so they are both on an equal footing and see who wins this round with current software. my money would be on the 6800 as the best piece of harware.
Forge wrote:I saw the 313398 (PNY 6800U) come into the system yesterday, I have someone keeping an eye on it. I get paid tomorrow, and I'll probably plunk down my cash and try to get it ordered then... But if I get an email telling me my order has been delayed, I'm not sure what I'd do at that point.
Buub wrote:Re: highest-end cards costing too much
You can't completely blame them. They wouldn't make these expensive high-end cards if people didn't continually demand more performance at any cost. If those cards didn't sell, ATI and nVidia wouldn't be making them.
And I hate to break it to some people (not picking on you FroBozz, just a general sentiment), but the $400-$500 cards cost that much because they cost a lot to make. The biggest cost is the very high-speed RAM. All by itself, slower RAM will bring down those video card prices. Also, in some cases, the highest-end card requires a more sophisticated (more layers) circuit board to handle the super-high speeds, which is also more expensive. Plus let's not forget that they have to cherry-pick their very best cores, and need to recoup design and fab costs with them.
I'm not saying they're not making a good profit on these, because obviously they would be stupid not to. But, the cost isn't entirely artificial. Those highest-end cards cost a lot more to make.