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Nvidia Corp., currently the world’s largest supplier of discrete graphics processing units (GPUs), reportedly plans to follow ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, with the graphics chips supporting DirectX 10.1 feature-set in early 2008. But the main intrigue is whether the new GPUs will feature a new architecture, or will be mostly based on the GeForce 8 design.

The first GeForce 9-series graphics processor – code-named D9E – is projected to be released in February, 2008, reports DigiTimes web-site. The chip, which is made using 65nm process technology, will support DirectX 10.1 functionality, just like recently announced ATI Radeon HD 3000-series graphics processors from AMD, the arch-rival of Nvidia. But the main mystery the GeForce 9 has is, perhaps, not support of a technology that is only likely to be utilized in games in no less than a year from now, but in other features the new chips may have, their performance, as well as their architecture.

Even though the ATI Radeon HD 3000-series chips feature DirectX 10.1 capabilities, they are largely based on the ATI Radeon HD 2000-series GPUs, which means that performance-wise the new model HD 3870 is no faster than the HD 2900 XT. If the latest chips from ATI featured different micro-architecture, the novelties would be capable of demonstrating higher performance. In addition, AMD could implement more execution units, e.g. unified shader processors and/or texture units, to boost performance of the ATI Radeon HD 3000-series.

If Nvidia GeForce 9 is based on a different architecture than the GeForce 8, or Nvidia finds a way to incorporate more horsepower into its D9E, then the new solution may become a dangerous competitor to code-named ATI R680, which is expected to be a dual-chip ATI Radeon HD 3870-based solution.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.

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ATI stands for AssTastic Ideas. Their 3870 is junk, it performs like a frigin GTS 320MB, nothing more than a die shrink. I'm looking forward to Nvidias next generation of cards, and hope they keep their number one spot forever and ever.
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While I'm also looking forward to Nvidia's next gen cards, but if they are always the top performer than prices for their cards will never drop. And that's bad for the consumer. If that shitty AMD has never bought out ATI then I'll bet ATi themselves are able to create a monster card with lower power consumption and beat the shiat out of the Ultra.

The last greatest card ever from ATi was the 9700Pro.

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Ugh, now this compels me to wait another 3 months to build a computer.
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For you guys so frustrated about ati's performance recently, welcome to the club.

Though i find it "late" more than "sucks", like the 2900pro was a very good choice before the release of the 8800GT 512MB & the HD 3870, also the 2600XT wasn't that bad for HTPCs or the x1950 pro 256MB still doing OK within the 120$-140$ price range. Taking into consideration price/performance ratio, ati didn't suck .. it was just .. too late or targeting a market that isn't there. (Like the 2600 series for HTPCs) >> i keep recommending this for HTPCs till this moment, simply put, best performer for under 150$.

8800GT should be anyone's choice who doesn't care much about 30$-50$ dollars price difference, but the fact remains that the HD 3870 for lower resolutions than 1680x1050 for 30$-50$ less than Nvidia's 8800GT with less noise production, remains a decent choice.
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Bravo Nvidia!
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I hope NVs next card doesnt start at $799.

Im still enjoying my 8800/640MB btw. Too bad Crysis beats the crap out of it.
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