Few weeks ago Nvidia, one of the top two graphics card makers, announced its GeForce 6800 Ultra video card. It currently stands as the undefeated champion in the video card market with beating its previous predecessor GeForce FX5950 and ATi Radeon 9800XT cards.
Nvidia plans to release two GeForce 6800 cards in Q2 of this year. One being the 6800 Ultra, the high-end card of the two, and the second one will be the GeForce 6800 non-ultra, the lower-end card. HartHardware, a German hardware site, has revealed the specifications of the 6800 non-ultra card today.
The lower-end 6800 non-ultra card will feature 12 rendering pipelines as opposed to 16 rendering pipelines in the 6800 Ultra card. The 6800 Ultra card features 400Mhz clock speeds, +/- 220 million transistors to form 16 pipelines, 6 vertex processors, a programmable video processor, and other important circuitry. The 6800 non-ultra card will run at 375Mhz clock speeds with either 128MB or 256MB DDR on-board memory. The 6800 Ultra cards carry GDDR3 on-board memory from Samsung and will likely to carry as much as 512MB on-board memory in future versions. The current 6800 Ultra cards carry 256MB memory that operates at 1100Mhz.
Both the 6800 Ultra and the 6800 non-ultra cards feature Pixel and Vertex Shaders 3.0 for optimal graphics performance.
The non-ultra card will mostly likely cost around $299.99 while the ultra version will sell for $499.99.