I know I shouldn’t be surprised by hardware anymore, but the new NVIDIA nv40 solution is amazing. Yes it is an order of magnitude faster than the previous generation, but look at this. First, in order to be powered properly, the card will require it to be connected to TWO 4-pin molex connectors and draws 110 watts. Start thinking about needing a 500W power supply. Second, while the first version will have an AGP interface to the nv40 chip, the next and future versions will have a PCI Express interface. PCI Express will replace AGP pretty quickly I think, and is a nice standard overall for peripherals. Third, it will cost about $500 which is nearly the same as a top of the line Pentium 4 chip, which shouldn’t surprise us since it has more transistors than the Pentium 4.
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