The GeForce 8800 Ultra is 10-15 per cent faster than the 8800 GTX.

Nvidia launches new top-end GPU

Nvidia has unveiled "the world’s fastest GPU" in the form of the GeForce 8800 Ultra, claiming it takes the performance crown from its own 8800 GTX.

The 8800 Ultra is the latest in Nvidia’s family of DirectX 10 GPUs and comes just in advance of the long awaited launch of ATI’s DirectX 10 family. Intriguingly, Nvidia makes a major point in its launch release of plugging Intel processors as the best companion for the GPUs.

8800 cards will come with 768MB of video memory and cost somewhere in the region of £500. Nvidia’s full range of board partners, including BFG, Asus and XFX, will be producing cards, which are expected to be available from May 15th.

Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at Nvidia, said: “The definitive gaming platform is built around the fastest components available and today there is no disputing those components include the GeForce 8800 Ultra GPU and an Nvidia nForce 680i SLI-ready motherboard. The graphics industry evolves extremely quickly and it is quite an achievement when you can leapfrog your own performance milestones in succession like we have done with these GeForce 8 Series GPUs.”

Glen Robson, general manager of Dell gaming products, echoed his sentiments. “Dell is deeply committed to designing PCs that cater to gamers’ needs and desires and offering the latest and greatest GPUs is a key technology differentiator," he said. Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra GPUs deliver stunning performance gains today and support the key features that will facilitate an awesome visual experience on DirectX 10 titles.”

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