Nvidia to launch another GeForce 8800 soon

Written by Tim Smalley

January 3, 2008 // 2:13 p.m.

Tags: #384 #8800 #96 #details #g92 #geforce #gs #gt #leak #nvidia #processors #stream

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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