Since the ATI part seems to be a dud (sub 8800GTS performance, super 8800GTS price), and I may be looking at building a new machine soon, when are the next batch due out of the pipeline? Right now the GTS/GTX seem like the best gaming choice, but AFAIK they don’t include tech like HDCP which I’d really like to have.
Also, any of the more techy-oriented folks out there heard anything about cards with 64 bit FP precision in the shaders natively? I’d kind of like to build for GPGPU capability on my next upgrade and had heard toward the beginning of the year that NVidia had a 64 bit precision part coming, but haven’t kept up for whether that’s still “later” or they’ve talked about it more.
Damn that kinda sucks. I have a 7900gt and I am looking to build a new system sometime this summer. I guess I am better holding off till the end of the year before I upgrade the card because going from a 7900 to an 8800 does not seem like a big enough jump to justify the price.
There should be a word in English for the quiet but intense pleasure brought on by upgrading video hardware. Is this how it feels to watch your children learn? 7900GT to 8800 GTS - it is a reasonable jump…
All 8xxx series chipsets support HDCP. Whether the manufacturer of the actual video card actually enables the HDCP support or not is up to them. I myself had luck in buying a cheapo $80 8500 with HDCP support, so it can be done.