Nvidia is hoping to ship the cards in next two to three weeks, it's tight but with some luck Nvidia might hit the stores before its too late for the Yule madness shopping. We reported about Nvidia's lack of 6800 standard chip for AGP here but learned that it will replace it with new, old cards.
Unlike Geforce 6800 AGP, the new Geforce 6800GS AGP will be based on good old NV40 chips. This means Nvidia is reaching for IBM production facilities one more time and it sounds to me that it can get more NV40 from IBM that it could get NV41s from TSMC.
We don't know the final clock speed of this product but we are suspecting 425MHz core and 1000MHz memory. We will let you know as soon as we nail some hard numbers.
ATI still looks better in the AGP area as it doesn't have any major shortages. At the same time, it's getting very hard to find many 6600GT AGP cards around. The new 6800GS AGP will fill the gap and will get Nvidia in the AGP game as soon as it ships it.
Partners are waiting for the chips as they all realise that they can sell it. Don't be fooled by PCIe glamour as AGP is here to stay for at least a few more years. µ
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