NVIDIA Debuts Considerably Cooler GeForce 8800 GT
October 28, 2007 2:01 PM
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NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GT (G92) will feature high-end performance with a smaller thermal envelope and single-slot cooling.
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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
that the card will be available online after the 6AM embargo lift.
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10/29/2007 10:24:34 AM
That person would be me. Not that I am unhappy about the performance of this card, but I just built the thing 3 weeks ago. I could have easily waited for this. Could have bought two of them for not much more than the GTS320 and put em in SLI without breaking the power supply.
10/29/2007 12:18:18 PM
This is why one should always keep an eye on upcoming developments.
In fact anyone buying the 8800GT right away is also a sucker at this point as we still need to look at the RV670 offering also coming out in week or two.
Nvidia wanting to sell this thing (512MB version) for less than $200 once the market is settled, is making me wonder what the next high end card will perform like.
10/30/2007 8:07:08 PM
Yeah, I wonder what's just down the road too. I hope ATI actually knocks out a kick ass product this time. 2900 was lukewarm, so to speak. I can't get really excited about a card if I get double the performance in the latest games compared to my current card, but double means getting ~30 frames per second.
11/7/2007 10:13:15 AM
In England the Geforce 8800 prices have been static all year. I bought an 8800 GTS right at the beginning of the year and am happy with it. I don't quite know why people who have just bought would be really 'officially f**ked' or what ever. It's not exactly a massive performance boost. Slightly faster, slightly cheaper, slightly cooler... I'd be more put out if I bought a high end card just before the next gen cards came out. Nothing destroys my Geforce 8800 GTS at 1680 x 1050, apart from Crysis. Though that is on DirectX 10 with everyhing on full, and it will require more than just a mere update to the Geforce 8800 series to run it significantly better. In the end the Geforce 8800 GTS and GT will become redundant at around the same time as each other any way. So many people have bought Geforce 8's (Or equivilent) that it's good in a way that the next gen cards aren't being released soon. Plus it gives AMD a chance to release something good.
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