After there hadn't been a lot of movement in the graphics card market, 2008 was shaped by two new GPU generations. PC Games Hardware summarizes the most important events around Ati's RV770 and Nvidia's GT200.
Geforce 9800 GX2: Introduced on 18th March; with two G92 GPUs Nvidia reclaims the performance crown. But the typical multi GPU problems like micro stuttering, high energy consumption and suboptimal scaling tarnished the success. [Source: view picture gallery]
Summer 2008 had been rather hot: Ati and Nvidia both introduce their new graphics chip at that time. While Nvidia's GT200 with its 1.4 billion transistors disappointed some users, Ati had a surprising comeback: They increased the performance per square millimeter by about 40 percent and thus got about 2.5 times the calculating power of the RV670 on the new chip.
In August the cherry on the cake followed in form of the Radeon HD 4870 X2, which could even beat Nvidia's Geforce GTX 280 due to the power of two GPUs - as long as the driver supports it and the user doesn't mind micro stuttering.
But before all that there had been some other incidents too. All information can be found in the subtitles of our picture gallery.