Nvidia: 6800 Retail Cards Will Ship In June
Add-on cards based on all of the Nvidia GeForce 6800 family of graphics chips will begin shipping this month from multiple vendors, Nvidia officials said.Add-on cards based on all of the Nvidia GeForce 6800 family of graphics chips will begin shipping this month from multiple vendors, Nvidia officials said. Card vendors will begin taking preorders for cards based on all of the 6800 parts this month, Nvidia spokesman Derek Perez said this week. However, cards containing a Nvidia 6800 chip are currently few and far between. Nvidia officials said they anticipate that there will be enough chips to support a retail launch. "As far as retail goeswere lining up to have retail ready to go here in Junefor all 6800s," Perez wrote in an e-mail to ExtremeTech. "Pre-orders will be starting shortly on all 6800s."
Surprisingly, several of the early Nvidia cards that have shipped in small quantities have been based on the higher-performance Nvidia 6800 Ultra chip set. The process of "binning," or qualifying cards at certain core and memory-interface speeds usually produces larger numbers of the slower, mainstream parts. "Boutique" PC vendors such as Alienware, Falcon Northwest and Voodoo PC have received supplies of the 6800 Ultra chips or cards to design into their high-end machines, but the 6800 GT and vanilla 6800 cards are another story.