GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8600 coming together?

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Nvidia’s latest drivers contained references to a handful of unreleased GeForce 8-series graphics cards, including a GeForce 8600 GT, GeForce 8600 GTS, and a GeForce 8800 Ultra. We’ve already heard plenty of rumored specs for the GeForce 8600 models, and some sources claim the cards will come out together on April 17.

Now, NGOHQ says it has heard from “several of Nvidia’s partners” that the company intends to introduce the GeForce 8800 Ultra simultaneously with those lower-end, mainstream models. The site claims Nvidia’s lineup next month will include GeForce 8300 GS, 8400 GS, 8500 GT, 8600 GT, 8600 GTS, and 8800 Ultra models, although it says none of its sources could pinpoint a release date—the aforementioned April 17 date is still reportedly “unofficial”. The GeForce 8800 Ultra is expected to be Nvidia’s answer to AMD’s upcoming Radeon X2900 XTX. According to NGOHQ, the card will simply be an overclocked version of the existing GeForce 8800 GTX. Thanks to Reg Hardware for the tip.

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