With the arrival of the GeForce 9 series and the GeForce 9600 GT, one could think Nvidia planned to discontinue the recently introduced GeForce 8800 GS. However, according to Chinese site Expreview, Nvidia actually intends to change the card's name and re-introduce it as part of the GeForce 9 lineup.
Expreview says the GeForce 8800 GS will become known as the GeForce 9600 GSO. Supposedly, Nvidia wants to change the name because the 8800 GS isn't selling well—something that's not necessarily surprising if true, considering the graphics company didn't widely advertise the 8800 GS' launch. The card can currently be nabbed for as little as $129.99 on Newegg, though, and a branding change could make it a more appealing product for mainstream graphics card buyers.
The GeForce 8800 GS is based on the same G92 graphics processor as the GeForce 8800 GT, and Nvidia's official specifications mention 96 stream processors, a 550MHz core clock speed, 384MB of 800MHz GDDR3 RAM, and a 192-bit memory bus. That said, most 8800 GS models out in the market seem to have a higher core speed and a lower memory speed. Meanwhile, the GeForce 9600 GT is based on a G94 GPU with fewer stream processors (64), and by default, it runs at 650MHz with 512MB of 900MHz GDDR3 RAM and a 256-bit memory bus.