Nvidia has launched another model in its GeForce 8 line based on the same GPU as the GeForce 8800 GT, the G92. What does this new card add to the Nvidia family ? This is what we will look at in this article devoted to the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 aka GeForce 8800 GTS v2.
High end is 100% NvidiaNvidia really hasn’t had any competition on the high end (or at least the very high end) and in a sense actually doesn’t need a new product in this area. On the other hand, the G92 provides an opportunity to propose a higher performance graphic card than the GeForce 8800 GT for an even lower price than the GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra. This allows Nvidia to maintain a rather nice profit margin and there is no reason to deny themselves the release of this card.
The GeForce 8800 GTS 512 (theoretically) uses all of the G92’s units like the GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra use all of the G80’s. Given that this is a similar number, mainly 128 scalar processors, and that the G92’s engraving width facilitates increases in frequency, it is easy for Nvidia to offer a graphic card with a higher calculation power than the GeForce 8800 Ultra. In this aspect, the new GTS 512 is the most powerful Nvidia graphic card.
On the other hand, given that the G92 is a more "economical" chip, it only has a 256 bit memory bus versus the 384 bits for the GTS and Ultra, which slightly lowers its memory bandwidth. We hoped this would be compensated for by very fast memory on this product, but they obviously decided to not invest too much in this area as it uses the exact same memory chips as the GeForce 8800 GT. While frequency goes from 900 to 970 MHz, unfortunately, Nvidia takes advantage of its overclocking margin instead of implementing faster memory.
So, in the end Nvidia offers us a "super" 8800 GT sold for a price between 300 and 350 €. How does this relate to other current solutions?
To know more about the innovations introduced by Nvidia’s and AMD’s new GPUs, we recommend you take a look at the following articles: The GeForce 8800 GT
and Radeon HD 3800