We have revealed in our earlier article
that we will start seeing GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT and 8500 GT cards on April
17th and it seems that NVIDIA has plans for two more lower end models;
8400 GS and 8300 GS slated for late
April or early May. GeForce 8500GT is based on 80nm TSMC process and
has 128-bit memory interface. It seems that the rest of the G86 family will be
128-bit as well so it will pose a great threat to ATi RV610 which has only
64-bit memory interface. GeForce 8500GT will be clocked at 450MHz core
and has 256MB
DDR2 memory clocked at 400MHz (800MHz). We have some preliminary scores for you
at this point of time where its performance is on par with the current GeForce
7600 GS series. Its 3DMark06 scores (1280×1024) stood at 22xx and 3DMark05
(1024×768) scores stood at around 41xx on a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor.

8500GT GeForce 8500 GT Outperforms 7600 GS

We have revealed in our earlier article
that we will start seeing GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT and 8500 GT cards on April
17th and it seems that NVIDIA has plans for two more lower end models;
8400 GS and 8300 GS slated for late
April or early May. This time round, NVIDIA has a different naming for their low
end G86 series; GeForce 8500 GT, 8400 GS and 8300 GS instead of
7300 GS, 7300 LE, 7100 GS based on G72 core. Perhaps we can also see GeForce
8200 and 8100 in the future.

GeForce 8500GT is based on 80nm TSMC process and
has 128-bit memory interface. It seems that the rest of the G86 family will be
128-bit as well so it will pose a great threat to ATi RV610 which has only
64-bit memory interface. GeForce 8500GT will be clocked at 450MHz core
and has 256MB
DDR2 memory clocked at 400MHz (800MHz).

We have some preliminary scores for you at this point of time where its
performance is slightly better than the current GeForce 7600 GS series. Its 3DMark06
scores (1280×1024) stood at 22xx and 3DMark05 (1024×768) scores stood at around
42xx on a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor. Its DX10 performance is yet to be seen. 8500GT will be priced between US$ 79 to US$ 99.