Not to be confused with the G92 powered 8800 GTS that will eventually replace this board, the folks at HardwareCanucks have compared the EVGA 8800GTS SSC Edition to the 8800 GT (which both share 112 shaders, though not cores). In the majority of tests, excluding 3DMark, the GTS outperforms the GT by around 5 FPS (particularly at higher resolutions). In 3DMark 06, however, the GT tops the GTS by a rough 700 points scoring 12,792.
Finally breaking away from video card news for the day, we find that AMD's Phenoms won't be able to pass 2.6GHz this year. According to DigiTimes, AMD will launch the 2.2GHz 9500 and 2.3GHz 9600 on November 19 - while the 2.4GHz 9700 won't arrive until December. Motherboard makers claim that "barriers relating to conversion to 65nm" are to blame for the low clocks. AMD's 2.6GHz model, which was previously slated for this year, will now be delayed until early '08.
AMD's FireStream has returned. Presumably built around the 55nm RV670 processor, the new FireStream 9170 is said to feature "up to 500 GFLOPS of compute power", 2GB of GDDR3 memory, consume "less than 150 watts", and cost around $1999 USD. When the HD 3870 X2 hits the street, AMD should manage to break the 1TFLOPS barrier. In the meantime though, AMD will release a FireStream SDK allowing developers to "create and optimize applications on AMD Stream processors".
In the third quarter of fiscal 2008, Nvidia has made company history. For the first time in a quarterly revenue, they've broken the 1 billion barrier. Their current revenue sits at $1.12 billion, an increase of 36 percent from this time last year when the revenue was $820.6 million. Nvidia's net-income, which is currently 235.7 million, has also significantly risen, this time by 121 percent compared to last year's $106.5 million.
E-tailer Buy.com has listed AMD's upcoming HD 3850 and 3870 RV670 boards. The site lists the HD 3850 as $217.99, while the HD 3870 is priced at $268.99. To put it in comparison to other boards, the unannounced G92 8800 GTS is reportedly $308, the 8800 GT is roughly $250, and the HD 2900 XT is around $330. No picture or vital details are listed, just 256/512MB memory sizes.
The folks over at MadBoxPC have published a marketing presentation from AMD regarding the industries first 55nm GPU, alias the RV670. The slides list the HD 3850 and 3870 as being priced at US$150 and $250, respectively. AMD also talk a lot about the board's support for DX10.1 that will arrive with Vista's SP1. The one benchmark given shows that the 3870 only just beats the HD 2900 XT in 3Dmark 06 - while the 3850 is around 13% slower than the 2900.
You may have heard the term D8P a lot recently - along with D8E as mentioned on Thursday. These are all some of Nvidia's new GPU code names. Like previous names (G80 etc), they all adopt a three digit name. The second digit signifies the series the chip belongs in, while the third M, P or E shows if its a mainstream, performance, or enthusiast chip. So, D9E is a 9-series enthusiast board.
After first being mentioned last month, and refreshed on Thursday, the dual GPU RV670 has finally been pictured. As The Inquirer report, the board will adopt the Radeon HD 3870 X2 naming scheme, and should arrive with 1GB GDDR4 memory clocked at 1.125GHz, along with a core clock of above 750MHz - which "should be reachable by launch time". The picture does leave a lot to the imagination. It shows a relatively long board with a dual-slot cooler...