Feeds

Nvidia introduces 'G92'

Mainstream gaming targeted

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Nvidia has taken the wraps off its 'G92' graphics chip, the foundation for the GeForce 8800 GT, as past reports revealed.

G92 is a 65nm version of the 'G80' chip that has powered top-of-the-line GeForce 8 series graphics cards to date. Nvidia is likely to pitch the part against AMD's upcoming 'RV670', a 55nm chip it will launch on 19 November.

Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
Nvidia's 8800 GT: single-slot cooling

The 8800 GT is clocked at 600MHz clock speed, with its complement of 512MB of GDDR 3 memory set to run at 900MHz. The memory connects across a 256-bit bus yielding up to 57.6GB/s of bandwidth.

Nvidia said the GPU's 112 unified stream processors can fill out triangles at a rate of 33.6bn/s. That puts it above the GeForce 8800 GTS but below the GeForce 8800 GTX.

American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman last week told investors that he reckons the fight for the mainstream market, with Nvidia's 65nm G92 in corner and AMD's 55nm RV670 in the other, could pave the way for much cheaper graphics cards.

The reason: both chips' use of smaller fabrication processes means their manufacturers can afford to lower prices.

Freedmen claimed early tests show the two GPUs' performance levels are closely matched.

For its part, Nvidia said it was pitching the card at the $199-259 price band.

The smaller process also allows Nvidia to offer the card with a cooler that's thin enough for the board to take up a single slot's worth of space.

The 8800 GT can be used on PCI Express 2.0 cards with DVI and HDMI - the latter with HDCP support - outputs.

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.