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NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GT (G92) will feature high-end performance with a smaller thermal envelope and single-slot cooling.  (Source: NVIDIA)

ZOTAC GeForce 8800GT AMP! Edition overclocked to 700 MHz core, 2000 MHz memory and 1700 MHz shader clocks. The ZOTAC GeForce 8800GT AMP! Edition will retail for €249 in Europe and Asia regions  (Source: ZOTAC)

ASUS EN8800GT with Company of Heroes  (Source: ASUS)

GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512H-B with BioWare's Neverwinter Nights  (Source: Gigabyte)

BIOSTAR's GeForce 8800 GT offering, dubbed the V8803GT52   (Source: BIOSTAR)
NVIDIA today launches its newest mainstream part, the GeForce 8800 GT

NVIDIA today is set to launch its newest midrange graphics card part, the GeForce 8800 GT, previously known by its codename G92. NVIDIA guidance states that its newest graphics card will be sold at a retail price in the $199 and $249 price range.

Development around the G92 processor revolved around reducing the thermal and power draw on the GeForce 8800 GTX (G80) processor.  G80 was manufactured on TSMC's 90nm process node while the G92 is manufactured on TSMC's 65nm node.  This shrink allows a single 8800 GT to operate on a 105 Watt draw, almost 80 Watts less than the 8800 GTX during heavy operation.

Top-to-bottom, the GeForce 8800 GT fits snugly between NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB, which NVIDIA sets at a retail price of $349, and NVIDIA's GeForce 8600 GTS, which is sold for $149.

The GeForce 8800 GT sports a 100 MHz speed bump over the 8800 GTS, and comes factory clocked at 600 MHz. The 600 MHz clock speed of the 8800 GT is actually 25 MHz higher than the 8800 GTX's default GPU clock, which is set at 575 MHz. The 8800 GT's clock speed also comes within striking distance of the GeForce 8800 Ultra's 612 MHz GPU clock speed.

The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT features 112 stream processors, 16 fewer than the 128 stream processors found on the ultra high-end 8800 GTX and 16 more than the 96 stream processors found on NVIDIA's 8800 GTS.

The stream processors of the 8800 GT come clocked at 1500 MHz, the same speed as the stream processors of the GeForce 8800 Ultra. Comparatively, the GeForce 8800 GTX comes with its stream processors clocked at 1350 MHz while the 8800 GTS' stream processors are clocked at 1200 MHz.   

The GeForce 8800 GT features up to 1024MB of GDDR3 memory, which is based on a 256-bit memory interface. According to NVIDIA, total memory bandwidth rings in at 57.6 GBps, and the texture fill rate is 33.6 billion/second. Naturally, the two preceding figures are only theoretical values; actual values are bound to be quite different.

The GDDR3 memory of the GeForce 8800 GT comes clocked at 900 MHz -- equal to the memory frequency of the GeForce 8800 GTX. However, the 8800 GT falls short of the 8800 Ultra's memory speed, which is 1080 MHz (2160 MHz effective).

NVIDIA guidance states that the GeForce 8800 GT supports the new PCIe 2.0 bus standard. The PCI-Express Special Interest Group claims that the new bus standard yield improvements in bandwidth.

High-definition video fans will be glad to hear that the GeForce 8800 GT comes integrated with support for NVIDIA's 2nd generation PureVideo HD engine, which allows for H.264 video decoding to be offloaded from the processor and on to the video card.  HDCP support is also present on all reference designs.

NVIDIA guidance promises a hard launch with its GeForce 8800 GT cards, however, so far only Gigabyte, Palit and Zotac have 8800 GT-based offerings.  Newegg independently confirmed with DailyTech that the card will be available online after the 6AM embargo lift.

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8800 GT
By PaladinPup on 10/29/2007 5:20:28 AM , Rating: 2
How do you call this a mid-range card, when it tops out every other card on the market save one...the 8800 ultra?

Better than both GTS, comparable to the GTX and almost a 3rd of the price? I am dreaming...must be.


RE: 8800 GT
By Samus on 10/29/2007 5:42:47 AM , Rating: 1
You guys might not realize what the memory bus impact will have on the GT. I'm guessing the shrunk bus reduced the transistor count by millions, helping them achieve the 65nm power requirements they had intended.

In case you're not thinking economically, nVidia needed to make this card to get OEM vendor support, where ATi is stomping them right now. Exactly how many OEM system PSU's do you know of that can drive even the 8800GTS 320. Yea, thought so.

The goal isn't performance, its a 8800-line card that draws 100-watts instead of 200-watts.

It's performance is lower than any other 8800-based card. I don't need the benchmarks to prove it, because I already know. Why would nVidia out-compete themselves?

Hmmm. Then again, Intel made the E4300 /sarcasm.

RE: 8800 GT
By Diocles on 10/29/2007 6:33:31 AM , Rating: 2
You really don't need the benchmarks because they would prove you wrong.

Let's see what games might show us, which card is better.



In both games 8800GT clearly outperforms GTS and hardly lags behind the GTX. And they are surely the games that will determine future performance in games.

I'm so glad since this card looks to be a bargain.

RE: 8800 GT
By BitJunkie on 10/29/07, Rating: 0
RE: 8800 GT
By Spyvie on 10/29/2007 10:47:06 AM , Rating: 2
Somebody please do bench comparisons at 1440 x 900, 1680 x 1050, and 1920 x 1200, both DX10 and DX9 please...

I'm running a 5 month old GTS 320 clocked @ 648/15xx/999, and gaming at the native res of my 22" LCD. Crysis demo is running pretty smooth set to medium, but I want all the eye candy I can get.

If I spring for a GTX I'll need to upgrade my power suppy.

So I have to wonder if this new GT will out preform my GTS at 1680x1050, will this do anything to the price of the GTX, and what's my my GTS 320 worth on eBay...

RE: 8800 GT
By seppoK on 10/29/2007 1:06:43 PM , Rating: 2
Fudzilla has all kind of resolutions in their review. Also about temps and overclocking.

RE: 8800 GT
By rogard on 10/29/2007 6:49:38 AM , Rating: 3

Although you "don't need the benchmarks", you might be surprised by them nonetheless. The GT seems to be an awesome performer, the 512MB version definitely way faster than the GTS 320MB, and even faster than the GTS 640MB in most cases. And I cannot see an impact of the reduced memory bandwidth
In fact, it is so fast that it totally ruins nvidia's naming and pricing scheme. It's the first time a GT is faster than a GTS, or even equal to a GTX sometimes! Cheaper than the whole lot, too.
I like it a lot, but they almost wiped out their old 8800 line at once. There is no point in buying a GTS, GTX or Ultra any more, when all you get are some 10-20% more speed for twice the money.

RE: 8800 GT
By rogard on 10/29/2007 6:54:31 AM , Rating: 3
Damn....double posting.
That happens when you take too long writing a comment...

Even at high res the GT is damn close to the Ultra.
And it even consumes less power and nobody tried to overclock it yet...

I still don't get nvidia. There is not even stiff competition out there from AMD right now, they only compete to their own high end. Who in their right minds will buy a GTX any longer?

RE: 8800 GT
By murphyslabrat on 10/29/2007 12:41:13 PM , Rating: 2
As was suggested already, this is possibly the harbinger of a mind-blowingly high-end 65nm part.

Alternatively, the idea could be to invalidate the entire high-end offerings of AMD. Therefore, not only increasing their product penetration, but also destroying their prime competitor's validity.

So, whether this is a method of ramping production or just a dastardly trick to hurt AMD (Intel's simultaneous release of their initial 45nm offerings was undoubtedly along these lines ^^j), the bottom line is that I can get an awesome card for as little as $150 more than I was planning to spend on an HD2600XT (costs $100 and includes the Black Box, for which I would have to purchase the Orange Box to replace).

Hurray for NVidia, now bringing out a No-Duh solution!

RE: 8800 GT
By Spyvie on 10/29/2007 10:53:09 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't been able to get a Tweaktown page to load at all recently. (Comcast Denver)

RE: 8800 GT
By NARC4457 on 10/29/2007 12:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
Same here...

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