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While Advanced Micro Devices publicly releases details concerning its products due in the short term, discrete graphics chip market leader Nvidia Corp. remains tight-lipped regarding its products until very short till launch. There are rumours floating around the Web claiming that Nvidia plans to update its family of products sometime in February, though, it is completely unclear what exactly is set to be unveiled.

Various Rumours Emerge

One of the market rumours claims that Nvidia plans to release its Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT graphics product for mainstream market in mid-February. For some reason, the web-site that reports about the new product, which it names G98/D9P, uses a slide from Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT presentation with chips carrying old Nvidia Corp.’s logotype to reaffirm credibility of the news-story.

Some other reports suggest that Nvidia prepares to release its Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS graphics card for mainstream market in early 2008 to compete in the mainstream segment of graphics adapters. The rumoured product is projected to be based on the code-named G92 chip with 96 unified shader processors, sport 192-bit memory bus and carry 384MB of memory onboard.

Yet another story reads that Nvidia develops yet another dual-chip graphics card, which is projected to be called GeForce 9800 GX2 and carry D9E code-name. The product is also expected to be formally announced in mid-February and re-enable support of 4-way SLI (quad SLI) technology.

In fact, D9M, D9P and D9E are not code-names of exact chips, but represent 9th generation solutions for mainstream (M), performance (P) and enthusiast (E) desktop (D) markets.

Reports Contradict Each Other

While those reports are read separately, some may even consider them as correct, however, when compiled, the rumours seem to contradict each other.

Earlier this year it was reported, based on unofficial sources as well, that Nvidia aims to begin transition to a DirectX 10.1-compatible GeForce 9 architecture with a high-end product sometime in February ‘08, while mainstream offerings will be available at a later date, sometime in Summer.

Perhaps, Nvidia is on track to release single-chip GeForce 9600 GT for $150 - $200 market as well as single-chip and dual-chip GeForce 9800 graphics cards that fit into $400 - $650 price-range in February. But in that case there would be no sense to release GeForce 8800 GS product, as currently available offerings would fulfill the needs of mainstream customers.

It should be noted that it hardly makes sense to release only GeForce 9600 GT with DirectX 10.1, as it will inevitably cause confusion of customers and slowdown of GeForce 8800- and GeForce 8600-series graphics cards sales.

What makes sense for Nvidia to do early next year is to update the high-end lineup of its products with something that could be useful for current owners of the GeForce 8800 GTX or Ultra graphics boards. Maybe it will be GeForce 9800 GX2 that supports DirectX 10.1 along with a single-chip high-end product, but, in fact, a dual-chip GeForce 8800 GX2 based on a pair of G92 chips with only DirectX 10 support, will also attract a lot of interest of performance enthusiasts.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.


Comments currently: 17
Discussion started: 12/27/07 04:12:35 PM
Latest comment: 01/03/08 04:05:28 AM
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Mr. BonBon...

Surely a genius like you would know that AMD\ATI does have something competitive for that time frame...
It is called the R680, and it will most likely be more powerful then 2 3870 cards in crossfire, and easily beat out a 8800 ultra.

I am pretty sure Nvidia will want to be launching something to better take on that card....
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/27/07 06:14:13 PM]
- collapse thread

Well let me break it down for you. I am well aware of R680, and I assure you, it won't be much faster than two R670 put together, due to heat issues caused by dual-gpu cores. That thing will be LOUD and hot as me.

3850corssfire runs neck to neck against the 8800GTX, so AMD's final push, the R680, will be sitting somewhere north of 8800ultra (given AMD coders do a marvelous job in making the drivers work)

Nvidia's next gen chips should be at least 25-35% faster, again leaving AMD in the dust for months to come. The only way DAAMIT can fight back is through competitive pricing.

Think of AMD products as bald seals.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/27/07 06:42:44 PM]
So you admit that the R680 will be more powerful then a 8800 ultra, yet you still believe that "AMD will have nothing to compete with", therefor (as you said) the new NV products will be based on the G80 core and have performance in that neighborhood...

lol? I think you are contradicting yourself here just a bit.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/27/07 07:45:42 PM]
No nincompoop. Every new generation brings ~50% or more increase in performance. What I'm saying is nvidia's next generation cards won't do that, but even they will be enough to make sure AMD's little "performance crown parade" will be short lived.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/28/07 08:49:35 AM]
Nincompoop now is it? Is that an upgrade from nitwit?? =)

Qoute from Mr.BonBon---
2. The reason is very clear nitwits. AMD will have nothing to compete with it, therefore:
A) it will be based on the G80 core
B) performance will be in that neighborhood too. "

Nothing to compete with, though you admit the R680 is stronger then a 8800 ultra. From the quoted post you made it sound as though the NV 9's series would be barely better then the current 8800's, meaning this new R680 would indeed be very competitive by your own statements! Thus the reason it sounded very strange to me.

You should not have said "performance in that neighborhood" if you really believe it will be more like 25% better, because it throws nincompoops like me off balance.
"performance in that neighborhood" makes it sound as though they'll be equal, or barely better. =\
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/28/07 12:50:52 PM]
Sorry to confuse you lamebro. Next time, I'll word it better, but my prediction will hold true as it always has.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/28/07 01:47:28 PM]
Can you quit with the name calling?

How can anyone take you seriously if you act like a child?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/29/07 04:05:05 PM]


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