G92 set for an encore before the end of the year

Following Monday's GeForce 8800 GT launch, Nvidia began shipping souped-up GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB cards with G80 graphics processors that have 112 unlocked stream processors instead of 96. The company's mid range and high end looks set for the end of the year, but that may not be so, according to a report by DailyTech.

DailyTech claims Nvidia has yet another G92-based graphics card up its sleeve for this quarter. This mystery card will reportedly deliver the full 128 stream processors supported by the G92 GPU, a higher core clock speed than the 8800 GT's 600MHz, and support for as much as 1GB of GDDR3 memory running off a 256-bit bus. DailyTech has word that the card has a "tentative" designation of GeForce 8800 GTS, which would suggest that its memory capacity will differentiate it from GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB and GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB cards.

There's no word on pricing yet, but DailyTech speculates that the new card will outpace Nvidia's high-end GeForce 8800 GTX and perhaps even the GeForce 8800 Ultra. For reference, the 8800 Ultra has 128 stream processors, a 612MHz core clock speed, and 768MB of GDDR3 memory running at 1080MHz off a 384-bit bus. It also lacks the 8800 GT's doubled texture addressing capability.

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