Nvidia has launched its double-decker GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card which is heavily priced at US$650. This has two graphics processing units on the same silicon base. The 9800 GTX is the official series and is costing about half the price.
The major features of the new 9800 GTX are similar to the GeForce 9800 GX2. It’s loaded with DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support, 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range lighting, physics processing, HDCP capable.
Beyond generating top-flight graphics, the 9800 GX2 also delivers 2560-by-1600-pixel video with support for High-Definition Content Protection (HDCP) over both the card’s DVI and HDMI outputs.
The card bears the brunt of video decoding for H.264, VC-1, WMV, and MPEG-2 high-definition (and standard-definition) movies also it can handle the all-important 3:2 and 2:2 pull-down corrections for videophiles that crave accurate video reproduction generally referred to as motion judder, the pull-down is a ratio correction for frame rates when you transfer film to video. It introduces a slight image lag.
Who should be buying this?
As it is expensive, and only if you can afford it, besides being a top notch gamer or technocrat. The game has just begun, other competitors will come out with advanced versions soon, Nvidia will also come up with an upgrade just in few months time..so decide accordingly!
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