All Mac Pro 8800 GT Owner will get free upgrade

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  1. Amethyst macrumors 6502

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    you will get a free upgrade your NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT to NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150 !!

    From this news :
    That is 3rd time NVIDIA rebranding 8800 GT

    8800 GT = 9800 GT = GTS 150

    WTF? NVIDIA
     
  2. vandozza macrumors 6502a

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  3. Chilz0r macrumors regular

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  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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  5. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    He is ironic. Since Nvidia is renaming the card to look like a new generation.
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Since the heck when are the 8800 GT and the 9800 GT the same card?
     
  7. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    8800GT -> 65nm, 9800GT -> 55nm.

    Otherwise they're IDENTICAL.
     
  8. belunos macrumors member

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    It's true, the 9800 is the most underwhelming thing to come out of nvidia. And it will be disappointing if nvidia tries to play this name change off as any kind of update
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    for all intents and purposes, they are

    i reccomend not justgoing by card names for your assumptions lol
     
  10. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    It's more to clarify their overpopulated lineup. Have they succeeded? Not by a longshot.

    Personally I feel that dropping the letters (GTX, GTS, GT, GS, GSO) and using a straight numbering scheme with three digits would be the most easily decipherable. Example:

    High End (GTX 280, 4870X2) -> 290 $450-$600
    High Mid (GTX 260, 4870) -> 270 $300-$400
    High Affordable (9800GT, 4850) -> 250 $200-$300
    Mid High (9600GT, 4670) -> 240 $140-$180
    Mid Low (9500GT, 4650) - 230 $80-$110
    Low (9300GS, 4200) -> 210 $30-$60

    Later versions, like the 7900GTX in comparison with the 7800GTX could add a 5 to the end (295).

    In addition, while the equivilent existing cards are from different time periods within their respective brand, they still more or less illustrate the performance point.

    Having one number for each generation is definitely a good idea, have 2 numbers (GT 100 series and GTX 200 series) is dumb.

    Is the above scheme perfect as is? Decidedly not. Nvidia and ATI have decided to have more cards and more price brackets with little difference in between, making their model numbers much harder to figure out than the one above. Will my "vision" ever happen? No.
     
  11. ntux macrumors member

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    It's a free name upgrade ! :D
     
  12. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

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    The new name contains smaller numbers. That means less weight, making the card faster. :D
     
  13. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    In your quote, which oddly doesn't appear in my quote,
    the 178.15 drivers are mentioned. When I go to the NV
    driver download site the latest is 178.13. Where do you
    get the 178.15 drivers from?

    This is where I looked:

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

    Thanks.
     
  14. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    The 173.15 may not be WHQL certified yet, which is why they may not be on the main download page. I know that EVGA usually posts the most up to date driver, WHQL or not. I'd check there, but their site is down. Wonder if it's got anything to do with no longer being NV exclusive? Probably not.

    On a side note, ATI cards with EVGA factory OC sound pretty good.
     
  15. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    So, with this, I take it the 8600 GT has become the 9600 GT aka GTS 150
    thus, does the same renaming strategy apply to the 8600M GT?
    Hence the doomed "8600M GT" is now the 9600M GT - which exist in the current (new) range of MacBookPro's...

    Oh wait, Apple hasn't really given up a upgrade, just thrown us the whole nVIDIA package and a shiny new case!! Minus some ports.

    WOW!! That's cunning! :eek:
     
  16. viking396 macrumors member

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    Sha, right! I clicked so fast my finger hurts! :eek:
     

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