Dell begins to equip gaming systems with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra cards – how much is “opium for the people”?
Nearly coinciding with the official launch of the new leader in discrete desktop graphics accelerators, Dell announced that NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra is available in select configurations for Alienware Area 51, Alienware Aurora and Dell XPS gaming systems.
As a reminder, games and other graphics intensive applications benefit the most from adding a new GPU to the system. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra multicore computers are in fact the best that manufacturers have to offer to buyers looking for the best possible performance in games and applications using DirectX 10 and OpenGL.
How the addition of NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra affects the price of a PC can be easily understood using the example of the Dell XPS 710 H2C Black system. The base configuration of this gaming computer includes an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 microprocessor (8 MB cache, 3.2 GHz – factory overclocked), 4 GB dual-channel DDR2-667 memory, a disk subsystem of two drives with a capacity of 160 GB with a SATA interface and a spindle speed of 10 thousand. rpm, dual optical drives, 20-inch wide LCD monitor, Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card, speakers, keyboard and mouse. Option with two accelerators NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX will cost the buyer $ 5499. If you replace a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX cards with one NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra, the computer will be $ 100 cheaper. In the case of installing two such accelerators, the price rises to $ 6199. In all three cases, we are talking about boards with 768 MB of memory. In other words, one Ultra is $ 800. Well, this is even slightly less than the promised retail price of the cheapest board option.