DirectX 10 for Everywhere: Gigabyte Demos GeForce Go 8400
Nvidia does not want its partners to showcase its DirectX 10 lineup, as it still has plenty of DirectX 9 offerings to sell. Still, the company is more than ready with its GeForce 8-series graphics boards: yesterday we already showed you GeForce 8600-series and GeForce 8500-/8400-series graphics cards from MSI and today we managed to find several notebooks from Gigabyte which have GeForce Go 8400 inside, the world’s first mobile DirectX 10 graphics adapter.
Gigabyte displays three notebooks with “Nvidia’s newest graphics chipset” installed, demonstrating its ability to have new products on the market as soon as possible. The laptops display just a typical screensaver with Gigabyte advertisements, but not Nvidia’s DirectX 10 demos due to obvious reasons. Nevertheless, demonstration is a proof that the chip is ready: it works for hours a day without crashes and it is clear that it can be launched commercially any day, stealing more market share from AMD’s graphics product group.
While it is known that Nvidia and its partners plan to unveil the GeForce 8400-/8500-/8600-series graphics cards for desktops on the 17th of April, the launch date of the GeForce Go 8-series remains unclear, as notebook suppliers have to ensure that the new graphics processing units (GPUs) work without issues with their chassis, cooling systems and other components.