NVIDIA GeForce 8800M Preview

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NVIDIA's benchmarks answer a lot of questions about the 8800M series' performance, although they also leave many unanswered questions as well. Although we didn't have all the data regarding the system configurations and exact benchmark setup, we think that NVIDIA's new mobile flagships are going to perform very well. While it is questionable if the new 8800Ms are actually twice as fast as last generation's top dog, the GeForce Go 7950 GTX, it is clear that one on one, either of the 8800Ms should be able to unseat the 7950 GTX. This is great news for the gaming DTR market.

Another piece of good news is that notebooks equipped with GeForce 8800M series graphics cards will be shipping very soon. In fact, several manufacturers begin shipping 8800M equipped notebooks today in both single-card and SLI configurations. The GeForce 8800M GTX and GTS certainly cleaned house in NVIDIA's benchmarks, but just imagine what a pair of these could do when configured in SLI.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX MXMIII Module (front & back)

This is all great news if your in the market for a new gaming notebook but what if you already own a nice, folding, quasi-portable, gaming monster? Well, both the GeForce 8800M GTX and the 8800M GTS will be made available in MXMIII format. This means if your notebook has a MXMIII slot, and provided you can actually find a 8800M MXMIII module for sale, then you can potentially upgrade your graphics card to the new king of the hill. Although it won't come cheap, but then again, neither would a new notebook.

For nearly two years, the GeForce Go 7950 GTX was the undisputed king of the mobile-graphics hill. With no real external threats from ATI or internal threats from NVIDIA's other mobile products, the 7950 GTX has ruled for quite a while.  With a new highly anticipated DirectX 10 game being released seemingly with each passing day this season, the last generation, DirectX 9 GeForce Go 7950 GTX just isn't going to cut it for much longer. Unfortunately the fastest mobile graphics card with DirectX 10 support, the 8700M GT, just isn't quite fast enough to justify trading in the trusty 7950 GTX. With the release of the GeForce 8800M GTX, the GeForce Go 7950 GTX finally gets a worthy successor and NVIDIA finally has a mobile part worth calling their new flagship. Lastly, the DTR gaming market gets a much needed DirectX 10 laden booster shot, in the form of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800M series, which should keep it safe from struggling frame rates well into the new year.

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