This is a rendering of Doug Jones, the actor who has played Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Pan in Pan’s Labyrinth.

Here’s some info on the video card. It may be a tad pricey now, but in a few years when it’s in the discount bin, with PC graphics getting this good, will there still be a reason to buy standalone consoles?

‘World’s fastest PC graphics card’ planned

Manufacturer NVIDIA has released details of a new graphics card it describes as ‘the world’s fastest’.

The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra is far from cheap, costing a bank-breaking £476, but should help gamers with a ‘money is no object’ attitude enjoy state-of-the-art PC games at their best.

A spokesman for NVIDIA said, “The card performs an average of between 10 and 15% faster than the GeForce 8800 GTX GPU, previously considered the fastest GPU on the planet, across a wide range of top games and applications.”

NVIDIA’s new card will support video playback for Blu-ray and HD DVD content and the firm claims it will enable PC gamers to own the ‘definitive gaming platform’.
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The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra will be released May 15.



  1. Doctor Memory says:

    A better question: will there still be a PC gaming market in 4 years, given that the PC manufacturers and game makers seem to think that it’s reasonable to requre $800 GPUs (in turn generally a component of a $1200-to-$4000 system) in order to render ever-more detailed versions of the same underwhelming gameplay mechanics?

    Meanwhile, a $300 bargain PC from Dell can run Microsoft Office just as fast as a $4k “gaming” rig, and a $300 Wii or a $400 Xbox has more and better games. There aren’t enough “hardcore” enthusiasts in the world to keep this shell game afloat.

  2. sdf says:

    Demos have always been years ahead of anything you’ll see in-game. And console and pc gaming have each had decades to kill the other – they’re different and neither is going away.

  3. Jägermeister says:

    #20

    No problem.

    #21

    The biggest problem with the PC market isn’t the constant upgrade of video cards, but the OS requirements. Why do we need to pay MS tax in form of XP or Vista in order to play something that could run on Windows 2000? I guess the answer is that MS have now locked in games developers with their DirectX technology. :P

  4. davydany says:

    idk what she said but WOW

  5. Gwendle says:

    I have the nVidia 8800 GTS and am blown away by it. The problem is if this video card doesn’t last me longer than 2-3 years, then I guess I will keep any gaming to the console.

  6. Jordan says:

    #19 Why would that bother anyone?

  7. OmarThe Alien says:

    The gaming aside, I wonder if a card like that would cut render times for animation? I’m just getting into 3d modeling and render times were a bit of a shock. My little home built screamer is just getting by on a large render job. I can see a 64 bit, twenty GB’s of RAM project coming on strong.

  8. Little Jon says:

    #18: PCs may be multi-purpose machines, but you don’t need an $800 graphics card (or even a $200 one) for any of the non-gaming applications (with the one possible exception of scientific computing on a GPU).

    If you want to play games it’s cheaper to stick with a PC with a modest graphics card and buy an Xbox 360. Sure, it doesn’t compare to a serious gaming rig, but there are still enough enjoyable games on it to destroy your social life!

  9. BubbaRay says:

    #21, Dr. Memory — “Systat – Gypsy, Doctor” [ Just to see if it's the real Dr. Memory ]

  10. Angel H. Wong says:

    #21

    One acronym will answer that: MMORPG.

  11. Froggmann says:

    I was just waiting to be creeped out when that V Head opened it’s eyes…