New NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Has 2 Processors, 1GB Memory, Eats PS3 for Breakfast

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The Skinny: NVIDIA's GeForce 9800, launching in late Feb / early March, will be successor to the 8800 Ultra. With an estimated 30% performance increase over the aforementioned top end GPU, and apparent support for "Quad SLI," it is certainly no slacker.

The Catch: Expect the 9800 GX2's 1GB frame buffer, two 65nm GPUs and 256 Stream processors to make this one seriously expensive graphics card. [[H] Enthusiast]

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Wasn't the 8800 Ultra a single-GPU unit? If so, why should we be impressed that a dual-GPU next-gen card gives us only a 30% increase over the 8800 Ultra? Shouldn't it at LEAST double performance since it packs two GPUs on, and then some since it's a newer chip? Or am I misunderstanding something?