May 4, 2007 One of the prime motive forces in computer technology is the gaming industry. And by releasing the world’s fastest graphics processing unit, NVIDIA has ensured that it is in the driving seat. Available on May 15, the GeForce 8800 Ultra is priced at US$829. Given that the graphics industry evolves extremely quickly, it is quite an achievement for a company to leapfrog its own performance milestones as NVIDIA has done with the GeForce 8 Series GPUs.
The card was tested on an Intel Conroe computer with 2.93 gigahertz and 2048 megabytes of RAM. Applications tested include 3DMark 2006, Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 2, Doom3, FarCry v1.4 BETA, Prey, Quake 4, Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Half-Life 2 Episode One, and Half-Life 2 Lost Coast. The maximum increase was 27.4%; minimum increase was 0.4%; and the average increase was 12.7%. The card is the development platform of choice for next generation Open GL titles such as Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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