Here we are, a year after the launch of G80, and we are seeing what amounts to the first real "refresh" part. Normally, we see a new or revamped version of hardware about 6 months after its introduction, but this time NVIDIA introduced its latest architecture over a six month period instead. First we saw the high end hardware hit, then the low end parts emerged after resting on previous generation hardware to serve as the low end. We haven't seen a true midrange part come out over the past year, which has disappointed many.

Rather than actually create a midrange part based on G80, NVIDIA opted to tweak the core, shrink to a 65nm process, integrate the display engine, and come out with hardware that performed somewhere between the high end 8800 GTS and GTX (G92). While this, in itself, isn't remarkable, the fact that NVIDIA is pricing this card between $200 and $250 is. Essentially, we've been given a revised high end part at midrange prices. The resulting card, the 8800 GT, essentially cannibalizes a large chunk of NVIDIA's own DX10 class hardware lineup. Needless to say, it also further puts AMD's 2900 XT to shame.



We will certainly provide data to back up all these ridiculous claims (I actually think NVIDIA may have invented the question mark as well), but until then, let's check out what we are working with. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get right to it.

G92: Funky Naming for a G80 Derivative
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  • defter - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Yes it has VP2 processor for video decoding. But why would you need a fast gaming card for HTPC? Wouldn't 8400/8600 be a cheaper/cooler solution? Reply
  • Hulk - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Thanks for the reply.
    This card looks to be pretty cool running and when not running 3D intensive apps I'm sure power consumption and noise is really low.
    So it might be nice to be able to play a little on a 52"LCD!
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  • DerekWilson - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    also, if you go with a less powerful card for HD HTPC you'll want at minimum the 8600 GTS -- which is not a good card. The 8800 GT does offer a lot more bang for the buck, and Sparkle is offering a silent version. Reply
  • spittledip - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Nothing like cherry picking the games... I don't understand why games like Stalker and Prey weren't tested as the 2900XT has superior performance on those titles, as well as other titles. Seems like a biased test. Reply
  • AssBall - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    They didn't test The Sims2 or DeerHunter either... Reply
  • DerekWilson - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    lol ... stalker and prey?

    we tested quake wars, which is effectively updated prey (id's engine).

    and stalker runs better on nvidia hardware -- when tested properly (many people use demo flybys that point up at the sky way too much rather than fraps run throughs).
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  • abe88 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Hmmm I thought ATI's RV630 and RV610 chips both support PCI-E 2.0? Reply
  • Wirmish - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Yeah but it's not worth mentioning because theses GPU are not from nVidia. Reply
  • defter - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    quote:

    The G92 is fabbed on a 65nm process, and even though it has fewer SPs, less texturing power


    G92 has the same amount of SPs and MORE texturing power (twice as many addressing units) than G80. However, 8800GT card has some SPs and texture units disabled.

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  • DerekWilson - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    well, first, if G92 has those units disabled, then it can't claim them.

    second, NVIDIA would not confirm that the G92 as incarnate on 8800 GT has units disabled, but it is fair to speculate that this configuration was chosen to work out yields on their first 65nm part.
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