GeForce 8800GT Buyers, Beware of Unpleasant Surprises
According to the sources, some GeForce 8800GT buyers got cards with specifications lower than expected: 96 shader processors instead of 112 and 128-bit bus instead of 256-bit. While the bus width was stated in card descriptions, the decreased amount of shaders was not mentioned. Such a turn makes purchased cards even slower than 9600 GSO. The problem is that these cards (Point Of View R-VGA150868) are being sold as 8800GT and potential buyers might not be aware of this "surprise".
At least one buyer that complained to Point Of View was promised a replacement. According to company explanations, the bus width of 128 bits must be clearly stated in product promotion materials. As for the amount of shaders, R-VGA150868 must have 112 of them, not 96. This exactly served as a reason for replacement.
According to Point Of View, to which the German source is referring, other vendors will also be offering 8800 GT cards with 128-bit buses. However, NVIDIA claims it has been unaware of this and that Point Of View is acting on its own.
Sources: Computerbase.de, techPowerUp!
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