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Nvidia's G94 Graphics Processor  (Source: PCOnline.com.cn)

The 9600GT uncovered  (Source: PCOnline.com.cn)
NVIDIA's upcoming 9600GT graphics card lives up to the company's performance claims

Earlier this month DailyTech reported details of the next generation of GPUs from NVIDIA -- specifically the mid-range GPU codenamed D9x. Recently, the GeForce 9600GT was spotted in the open and Chinese review site PC Online was able to put the new reference card to the test to see what it's made of.

As far as the technical specifications are concerned, little has changed from our report earlier this month. The 9600GT will come factory configured with a core clock speed of 650 MHz, a unified shader clock speed of 1625 MHz, and an 1800 MHz memory clock.

From the photographs it looks like 512MB of GDDR3 1000 MHz memory is connected to the GPU by way of a 256-bit bus with a memory bandwidth of 57.6 GB/s. The G94 chip will also offer 64 unified stream processors; double the number on the 8600GT and half the number on the 8800 series.

The photographs show a smaller GPU die size than the G92 chips but slightly larger than the G84 die.

Additional details of the 9600GT include PCIe 2.0 and support for the Quantum Effects physics processing engine.

PC Online was able to measure the performance of the 9600GT and the results confirmed NVIDIA's claims of a 100% performance increase over the 8600 series for the most part. The 9600GT reached an overall score of 10813 while the 8600GTS and 8800GS had scores of 6251 and 10391, respectively.

Additionally, the 9600GT scored higher than the 8800GTS in many of the tests including 3DMark06 and games such as Crysis, BioShock, and Unreal Tournament 3. The 9600GT came up just a little short behind the 8800GS in only a few games such as Need for Speed: ProStreet and Colin McRae Rally (coincidentally, both being auto-racing titles).

Testing of the 9600GT was performed using Beta drivers so we may see additional performance squeezed out of this card and variants from NVIDIA's partners upon official release of a final product and drivers.



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RE: close...but
By Cygni on 1/20/2008 7:34:23 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, you are pretty testy for someone who is yourself wrong.

The name '8800 GS' was recycled. It was originally intended to be a G80 part, launched along side the 8800 Ultra, that would slot in slightly above the 8600. But Nvidia and its partners decided that it didnt have a place in the market and it never made its way to a release. The name has now been reused for a lightly crippled G92 part.


RE: close...but
By toyota on 1/20/08, Rating: 0
RE: close...but
By homerdog on 1/20/2008 8:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
I thought so too, but I can't find one for sale.


RE: close...but
By formulav8 on 1/21/2008 12:07:57 AM , Rating: 2
I believe the 8800GS is currently a OEM part.

Jason


RE: close...but
By PlasmaBomb on 1/21/2008 1:17:49 PM , Rating: 2
Correct -

GeForce 8800GS 384MiB - The card is basically a 192-bit G92 with only 12 ROPs, and it will be primarily aimed at OEMs. There are claims board manufacturers are also planning to sell it in retail for $149-179.


RE: close...but
By Cygni on 1/21/2008 7:27:27 PM , Rating: 1
No, you are not correct. You were attempting to prove Kristopher wrong. But he isnt. The 8800 GS was originally a G80 part. The name was recycled when there wasnt enough partner interest. The fact that some partners have reused the 8800 GS name for a low volume part only being shipped to Europe currently doesnt erase the previous 8800 GS.

In effect, you both have half the puzzle.

Also, in the future, try not to be such a self righteous douche.


RE: close...but
By toyota on 1/21/2008 7:56:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No, you are not correct. You were attempting to prove Kristopher wrong. But he isnt. The 8800 GS was originally a G80 part. The name was recycled when there wasnt enough partner interest. The fact that some partners have reused the 8800 GS name for a low volume part only being shipped to Europe currently doesnt erase the previous 8800 GS.
and what are you being besides an asshole? Kristopher seems to be clueless that there is even an 8800gs based on the g92. i dont care what the 8800gs was "going to be" in the past because the fact remains that it IS a g92 based part NOW. that g92 based 8800gs was the one that was used in that comparison so end of story.


RE: close...but
By kmmatney on 1/22/2008 2:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares...you can't really buy the part anyways.


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