The mid-range saviour's little brother comes to town.
Despite the nagging feeling that I’ll go mad(s)der(/s) if I spend much more time waxing lyrical about nVidia’s Geforce 8800 GT it has to be said that it is still a fantastic card and a worthy rival to AMD’s Radeon HD 3870. Likewise the (new) 8800 GTS also managed to impress us and now, so rumour has it, a new 8800-series card is ready to join the fray. Dubbed the 8800 GS, it’s set to compete with the AMD Radeon HD 3850.
The 8800 GS will be based on the G92 core powering both the 8800 GT and GTS and is expected to run with 757MHz core, 1,438MHz shader, and 1,700MHz memory clock speeds. As well as being slower than the GT the GS also sacrifices 16 stream processors, leaving it with 96 of these and also meaning the card has a reduced number of texture units: 48 down from 56 and ROPs: 12 as opposed to 16. Further to this the card uses a 192-bit memory interface so we once again see unusual memory sizes; this time 384MB and 768MB GDDR3 options.
As with all of nVidia’s current graphics chips, DirectX 10.1 support is still missing, but that is unlikely to be a problem for a fair while yet. Expreview, the site which managed to get the early scoop on the card, reckons that performance is about 25 per cent less than that of the 8800 GT, which falls in with the idea of it being a rival to the Radeon HD 3850 and available information also suggests that pricing should also fall into 3850 territory – how surprising.