Nvidia G80 Retail Details Finalised Page: 1

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DailyTech have posted some extra details regarding the retail boards of Nvidia's latest G80 graphics card. The new NVIDIA graphics architecture will be fully compatible with Microsoft’s upcoming DirectX 10 API with support for shader model 4.0, and represents the company's 8th generation GPU in the GeForce family.

According to the article Nvidia have done away with the GT suffix of the 7800 and 7900 cards, and have ressurected the 'GTS' suffix. The flagship GPU will be the GeForce 8800GTX, which will be factory clocked at 575Mhz with 768Mb of GDDR3 memory clocked at 900Mhz.

"The GeForce 8800GTX will also have a 384-bit memory interface and deliver 86GB/second of memory bandwidth. GeForce 8800GTX graphics cards are equipped with 128 unified shaders clocked at 1350 MHz. The theoretical texture fill-rate is around 38.4 billion pixels per second." (DailyTech, 2006)

The GeForce 8800GTS will be the cutdown version of the GTX, of which the G80 GPU will be clocked at 500Mhz. The memory configuration of the GTS card will differ slightly from the GTX, with 640MB of GDDR3 clocked at 900Mhz respectively.

"The memory interface is reduced to 320-bit and overall memory bandwidth is 64GB/second. There will be fewer unified shaders with GeForce 8800GTS graphics cards. 96 unified shaders clocked at 1200 MHz are available on GeForce 8800GTS graphics cards." (DailyTech, 2006)

Additionally GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS products are HDCP compliant with support for dual dual-link DVI, VIVO and HDTV outputs. All cards will have dual-slot coolers too. Expect GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS products to launch the second week of November 2006. This will be a hard launch as most manufacturers should have boards ready now.

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