Point of View 8800 GT: 128 Bit memory interface available
At first Nvidia renames the Geforce 8800 GT into 9800 GT and now the old model is downgraded and sold with the same name by Point of View. We investigated the situation.
As Computerbase reported, there are versions of the Geforce 8800 GT available that don't provide the inner life implicated by the name. Normally the 8800 GT has 112 ALUs, 56 TMUs and a 256 bit interface. As a screenshot reveals, there is a point of view version by Point of View that has only 96 ALUs, 48 TMUs and a memory interface cut down by half to 128 Bit. This should make this card noticeably slower.
As we investigated the situation and asked Nvidia about it, the company gave an interesting answer: Nvidia themselves didn't know anything about this special card and also haven't changed the specifications products have to fulfill in order to bear the brand "Geforce 8800 GT” - the partners nevertheless are free in designing the board layout. The memory can vary between 256 and 1,024/2,048 MiByte. Nvidia also hasn't been aware of, that other partners want to offer equivalent cards - as Point of View is supposed to have said.
How can such a situation arise? Point of View could have made a mistake, or the parameters of "the product Geforce 8800 GT” could have been interpreted that the "128 Bit” addition to the name is enough to clarify the differences compared to a normal 8800 GT. An adequate product is not advertised on the Point of View website but one of the online shops in question clearly identifies the 128 Bit interface in the product's details. We cannot say if this is a misnomer or any other kind of misunderstanding.
Nevertheless such incidents don't help to fortify the trust of the customers.
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