FUD Zilla claims NVIDIA will get rid off the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB/640MB, GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 Ultra cards in January to make room for the GeForce 9 series.
The only thing that is a bit puzzling is what will happen to Tri SLI as the 8800 GT and the new G92 based 8800 GTS 512MB don't support this technology.
Some vendors already stopped orders of these cards but the new G92 based 8800GTS 512MB won’t have two SLI connectors and won’t fit in new Tri SLI concept. This is rather inconvenient for Nvidia and the delay of 780i motherboards made this product rather obsolete even before it launches.
It won’t do much good if you buy Tri SLI and weeks after Nvidia reintroduce D8E based dual cards with dual chip Quad SLI, the concept that might be even faster, potentially even cheaper.
One thing is certain, G80 based cards are receiving the "End of life" tag and in January Nvidia plans out to execute End of Life for 8800 Ultra, GTX, GTS640 and 320 cards. You served us well, you may rest in peace now.
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Re: NVIDIA G80 EOL in January by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 11 2007 @ 03:45:25 CET
Frankly, given the driver issues getting SLI to work in Vista or on older games, I wouldn't pay any top dollar to rely on SLI for graphics top performance. Look at how fast they threw the 7950 into the "not supported" bin. Dual gpu cards are ALWAYS a stopgap until they can come out with a better single chip. They are designed to hold benchmark crowns not be long term products you'd be happy to own for a year or two.
Worse, if you look at the battle with Intel over SLI, I'd imagine Intel wants to kill that Nvidia beast dead. And if you think that's impossible, have a look at AMD right now and ask yourself "if Intel wanted my tech dead, where do I think said tech is going to be in a year?"
By 2009 SLI will be a faint memory or a dried up and dead product.