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NVIDIA's next-generation mid-range offerings are just 10 days away

Earlier this week review publications received their test kits for the GeForce 8300 through 8600. The bulk of these cards, the GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS will launch on April 17, with the GeForce 8300 GS and GeForce 8400 GS following soon after.

DailyTech published technical details of these cards last month. In a nutshell:
  • GeForce 8600 GTS -- 256 MB GDDR3, 675 MHz core clock, 1000 MHz memory clock
  • GeForce 8600 GT -- 256 MB GDDR3, 540 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
  • GeForce 8500 GT -- 128 to 256 MB DDR2 or GDDR3, 450 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
NVIDIA claims these three cards will be available at launch.  The 8600 GTS will fill the $199 to $229 price point, followed by the 8600 GT ($149 to $159) and the GeForce 8500 GT ($89 to $129).

The GeForce 8400 GS and 8300 GS will bring up the rear with 450 MHz core clocks and 400 MHz memory clocks. However, these two GPUs will only show up in OEM systems and will not likely make an appearance in your local hardware store.

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RE: What about performance?
By defter on 4/8/2007 6:47:30 AM , Rating: 0
Some comparison:
7900GS: ~190mm^2 die and 256bit bus
1950Pro: 230mm^2 die and 256bit bus
G84 (8600GTs) and RV630: ~150mm^2 die and 128bit bus.

If the 8600GTS can reach in some cases the performance of 1950Pro that has 50% bigger die size on the same process and 100% wider memory, I would say that's a pretty good achievement, even though 8600GTS is slower overall.

This also means that 7900 and 1950 series will dissapear from the shelves pretty quickly after G84/RV630 become available. Thus, the comparison to 7900/1950 is quite pointless, since soon you will not be able to buy them. 8600GTS should be compared to it's real competitor RV630XT and previous mid-range cards like 7600GT.

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