Nvidia quietly launches the GeForce 8800 GS

Confirming the round of rumors that has appeared recently, Nvidia has added a GeForce 8800 GS graphics processor to its lineup. You won't find the company trumpeting the card in press releases and official announcements, though. Aside from the addition of the 8800 GS in its GeForce 8 Series specs list, we haven't heard a peep from the company. And yet this is quite an interesting product: positioned between the GeForce 8800 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS, it features 96 stream processors, a 550MHz core clock speed, a 1375MHz shader clock, and 384MB of 800MHz GDDR3 memory pumping data through a 192-bit memory bus.

Whatever hype Nvidia didn't deliver for the product, its partners seem to have made up for. To name just a couple, eVGA and XFX are both showcasing their respective versions of the new card on their web sites' front pages. eVGA's take on the GeForce 8800 GS is clocked at Nvidia's default specs, while both of XFX's GeForce 8800 GS "Alpha Dog Edition" models have custom clock speed settings. The base variant runs at 580MHz with 700MHz RAM, while the XXX edition runs at 680MHz with 800MHz RAM. According to XFX, the cards are comparable in performance to a full-blown GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB.

XFX's GeForce 8800 GS Alpha Dog Edition. Source: XFX.

We haven't seen any of these cards listed at U.S. online retailers just yet, but some European e-tailers already have them listed and in stock. In the case of French site Materiel.net, XFX's base model is priced at €166.39, while the XXX model costs €185.79. Considering the relationship between European and U.S. prices, we'd expect the cards to cost between $170 and $199 in the States.

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