GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB on its way next month

Nvidia told us last month that it was rolling out a new, faster version of its GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card. Unlike the existing card, which has 96 stream processors and is often outdone by the new GeForce 8800 GT, the revamped 8800 GTS 640MB has 112 stream processors. However, Nvidia said the new card had the same G80 GPU, clock speeds, memory capacity, and memory bus width as the original.

Somewhat puzzling, then, are reports of a new GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB graphics card based on the same G92 graphics processor as the GeForce 8800 GT. Those reports aren't grounded on mere hearsay, either: Chinese-language site Mobile01 has what looks like an Nvidia slide with a shot of the card and specifications on the side (translation here), while VR-Zone has nabbed several photos of the same card from another Chinese site called IT68.

Judging by the pics, this GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB will have a new, dual-slot cooler with a shroud covering the entire card. Specifications listed in the leaked slide include a 650MHz core clock speed, 970MHz memory clock, and 512MB of GDDR3 memory, while Mobile01 also mentions 128 stream processors, a 1625MHz SP clock, a 256-bit memory interface, and a price tag in the $299-349 range.

For reference, the original GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB has 96 SPs, a 500MHz clock speed, 640MB of 800MHz GDDR3 RAM running off a 320-bit bus, and retail pricing that starts near the $350 mark. Reportedly, the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is scheduled to launch on December 3, just over a month after the GeForce 8800 GT.

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