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Nvidia to launch another GeForce 8800 soon

Nvidia to launch another GeForce 8800 soon

Palit's GeForce 8800 GS 384MB -- image courtesy of Expreview.com

Nvidia is gearing up to launch another GeForce 8800 graphics card—the GeForce 8800 GS 384MB—in the very near future if rumours are to be believed.

The new card will be based on the same G92 graphics processor that’s at the heart of both the GeForce 8800 GT and GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards that were released towards the back end of last year.

The GeForce 8800 GS will probably be clocked at 575MHz core, 1438MHz shader and 1700MHz memory. Of course though, clock speeds only mean so much these days, as a modern GPU is an incredibly complex piece of silicon.

What Nvidia looks to have done in order to create the GeForce 8800 GS 384MB card is to simply disable two of the shader clusters in G92—there are at least eight inside—to leave 96 stream processors.

Because the texture units are allocated on a per-cluster basis, these have also been reduced – there are now 48 units for both texture filtering and texture addressing.

The card will also feature just twelve ROPs, meaning that there will be a 192-bit memory interface that connects the GPU to the 384MB of GDDR3 memory.

Being based on G92, it supports PCI-Express 2.0 and will feature Nvidia’s second-generation video decoder. What it won’t feature though is support for DirectX 10.1 – that’s not a huge issue, as even AMD says that DX10.1 won’t ever become a minimum specification, but there are some nice improvements in the updated API.

The guys at Expreview claim to have the first benchmarks of the new product and you can find them here. Overall, the GeForce 8800 GS appears to be around 25 percent slower than the GeForce 8800 GT, but the new card’s price is likely to fall more in line with the Radeon HD 3850. What a coincidence...

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ImInTheZoneBaby 3rd January 2008, 14:39 Quote
Oh thank god, I was expecting to see that a newer BETTER card to be released... o_o
That would've buggered me up getting my new PC rig with the newer GT or GTS.

I only wish that they would or could confirm if a new GTX is to be released. Though, if I wait for that i'll just be waiting for the 9800 (for whever it comes out).
Its just a bloody waiting game with these graphics cards. They come out to often. Heh.
wuyanxu 3rd January 2008, 15:18 Quote
wow, 575MHz core, 1438MHz shader. that's as fast as GTX.....

why on earth are they not doing 9800GTX??
iwog 3rd January 2008, 15:19 Quote
And that takes the 8800 family up to 9 now.
naokaji 3rd January 2008, 15:19 Quote
another 8xxx card? no thx... bring on the next highend generation please....
salesman 3rd January 2008, 15:38 Quote
is that a dual link connector on it?
Tyinsar 3rd January 2008, 15:46 Quote
Are these just chips that failed to make the cut for GT status?

Also: I really like ATI's dropping of those stupid GT, XT, ... names and wish Nvidia would do the same.
ssj12 3rd January 2008, 15:48 Quote
wonder what this will be priced at.. cause ill be pissed if its only like $130-ish. I would have bought it instead of my 8400gs =/
Thacrudd 3rd January 2008, 16:23 Quote
WHY WHY WHY do we need another ARGH...
Icy EyeG 3rd January 2008, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
wonder what this will be priced at.. cause ill be pissed if its only like $130-ish. I would have bought it instead of my 8400gs =/

Really? A 8600GT costs around that nowadays....
This card is probably more expensive. EDIT: If it's really going to be in line with the Radeon HD 3850, then I'm guessing ~$200?
Gravemind123 3rd January 2008, 18:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
Are these just chips that failed to make the cut for GT status?

Also: I really like ATI's dropping of those stupid GT, XT, ... names and wish Nvidia would do the same.

If they are failed chips, maybe they will have unlockable ROPs/Shaders like previous generation cards have had.
Rebourne 3rd January 2008, 20:06 Quote
Options are always good, but I think they are making things a bit confusing for consumers.
wuyanxu 3rd January 2008, 20:49 Quote
so it's:
GTS 320MB < GTS 640MB < GTS 640MB SSC < GS < GT 256MB < GT 512MB < GTS G92 < GTX < Ultra

let's just say that we are lucky they didn't name it after GTS.

i've heard rumours of 8800GX2 or something, saying nVidia is going to do another dual GPU card, is that true? where's 9800GTX?
DXR_13KE 3rd January 2008, 21:04 Quote
i wonder when they will launch a 8800GTX on this chip.....
500mph 3rd January 2008, 21:10 Quote
it looks like a display port...
C-Sniper 3rd January 2008, 21:21 Quote
So why haven't they just revamped the 8800GTX/Ultra with the new G92? although there is a probably more of a market for the lower end cards as not everyone can afford a top o the line GFX card
Tyinsar 3rd January 2008, 23:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
so it's:
GTS 320MB < GTS 640MB < GTS 640MB SSC < GS < GT 256MB < GT 512MB < GTS G92 < GTX < Ultra

let's just say that we are lucky they didn't name it after GTS.

i've heard rumours of 8800GX2 or something, saying nVidia is going to do another dual GPU card, is that true? where's 9800GTX?
I'm guessing it'll be more like:

GS < GT 256MB < GTS 320MB < GTS 640MB < GTS 640MB SSC < GT 512MB < GTS G92 < GTX < Ultra - but I'm wondering where the new 1GB GT will come in.
yodasarmpit 4th January 2008, 00:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by C-Sniper
although there is a probably more of a market for the lower end cards as not everyone can afford a top o the line GFX card
More of a market? That is their market, high end cards probably amount to 5% of their sales.
mink 7th January 2008, 11:17 Quote
@yodasarmpit : That's what he just said
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