Rumour: Nvidia to re-introduce GeForce 8800 GTS

Written by Tim Smalley

October 8, 2007 // 12:53 p.m.

Tags: #256 #256-bit #320 #512 #640 #8800 #g80-100 #g80-101 #g92 #geforce #gt #gts #nvidia #processors #rumour #rumours #stream

Nvidia is apparently getting ready to release an updated version of the GeForce 8800 GTS, which will come with more stream processors enabled, according to rumours flowing around the Internets.

According to an image leaked onto a Chinese forum, the new version of the GPU, which is referred to as G80-101, will feature 112 stream processors. This is an increase of 16 stream processors over the 96 stream processors that current GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB parts based on the G80-100 chip have.

It’s also just 16 stream processors short of the 128 SPs inside a full-fat GeForce 8800 GTX. Having said that though, the new version of the GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB will still feature a 320-bit memory interface. The document also suggests that the clocks on the new part will remain unchanged at 500MHz core, 1200MHz shader and 800MHz (1600MHz effective) memory.

We’re guessing that this will come in at the same price point as the current GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB, enabling Nvidia to remain very competitive with AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT – its current competition.

However, what’s potentially more interesting is that the document doesn’t cite an updated version of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB: could it be that Nvidia is discontinuing this part later this year?

After all, there have been rumours of a much-needed part that bridges the gap between the GeForce 8800 GTS and the GeForce 8600 GTS for a long time. That part could be called the GeForce 8800 GT if the report on Mobile01 is to be believed.

It's apparently based on G92, which is fabbed on a 65nm process and thanks to the benefits of the die shrink, a leaked image of the card suggests that the rumoured GeForce 8800 GT will use a single slot solution. The other information that has been rumoured is a 256-bit memory interface and either 256MB or 512MB of on-board GDDR3 memory.

Pricing, clock speeds and the number of stream processors are not confirmed at the moment, but we’ll endeavour to bring you more as we get it. We'll leave you with the photo of the so-called GeForce 8800 GT...

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