Don't everybody run for Circuit City at once.
Given the tiny jump the 9800P is taking you might think it's time for Nvidia to make up some ground, but Nvidia seems to be having significant problems of its own. Anyone around last Christmas remembers the problems Nvidia had cooling the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra, a card that gave us the first Dustbuster PCB ever built. 5900 Ultra seemed to solve this problem, but in retrospect "delayed' might be a better description. Although we don't know clockspeeds on the 5950 Ultra yet, this part will apparently use a CPU-style heatsink complete with mounting bracket and latching mechanism.
At least you people running for the 9800XT don't have to worry about hitting any Nvidia GF FX 5950 fans. After the disaster of FX Flow most people didn't think Nvidia could come up with a worse cooling idea, but hanging a copper heatsink and retention bracket off the GPU might qualify. We can add another item to the laundry list of problems collecting around the FX architecturethe damn thing is obviously impossible to cool at higher speeds. One hopes that whatever else the NV40 is, it's cooler. If it isn't, Nvidia is going to have to design a separate form factor for video, since it's probably not possible to hang all that much more weight off a single AGP slot. µ
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