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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Graphics Card

The long-awaited NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is more than a variant of the two GeForce 8800 GTS models released over a year ago. In fact, it is based on a totally new GPU - the G92, which is incidentally the same GPU used in the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT.

The NVIDIA G92 GPU is based on the NVIDIA G80 GPU which not only powered the older GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB and 320MB cards, but also the GeForce 8800 GTX. As such, the G92 features the same massively-parallel unified architecture, as well as support for DirectX 10. The G92, however, has been further improved by adding the VP2 video processor and support for PCI Express 2.0. It was also fabricated using a 65 nm process technology, resulting in a smaller, cooler chip.

If you have not already read about the technology behind the G80 GPU, do take a look at our NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS Tech Report. It will give you a good grounding on the new NVIDIA unified architecture and the G80 GPU, which is the basis of the new G92 GPU.

For more details on the actual architecture of the new G92 GPU, do take a look at our NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Tech Report. The GeForce 8800 GT only differs from the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB in the number of active stream processors (112) and the clock speeds at which its core and memory chips run at.

To find out just how fast the new NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP

• $299-349 (512 MB)

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Review

Comprehensive Review

Manufacturing Process

• 0.065 Micron (65 Nanometers)

Transistor Count

• 754 Million

DirectX Support

• 10

Interface

• PCI Express 2.0

Stream Processors

• 128

Vertex Shader Version

• 4.0

Pixel Shader Version

• 4.0

Textures Per Clock

• Average 64

ROPs

• 16

Core Clock Speed

• 650 MHz

Shader Clock Speed

• 1625 MHz

Fill Rate

• 41600 MTexels/s

Memory Bus Width

• 256 -bits

Memory Size

• 512 MB
• 1024 MB

Memory Type

• GDDR3

Memory Speed

• 972 MHz (1.94 GHz DDR)

Memory Bandwidth

• 62.2 GB/s

Maximum Board Power

• ~ 150 W

RAMDAC

• 400 MHz

Display Support

• Two dual-linked HDCP-enabled DVI-I outputs
• 7-pin TV-out

 

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