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NVIDIA's D9M makes its first appearance on corporate roadmaps

NVIDIA's newest mid-range processor, codenamed D9M, will make its official debut as the GeForce 9600 GT.

Corporate guidance from NVIDIA lists the initial GeForce 9600 GT shipments come stock with a 650 MHz core clock and a 1625 MHz unified shader clock.  Unlike the G84 core found on GeForce 8600 GT, D9M will feature a 256-bit memory bus interface.  Coupled with a 900 MHz memory clock, NVIDIA calculates the memory bandwidth at 57.6 GB/s. 

The texture fill rate is estimated at 20.8 billion pixels per second.  The company would not indicate how many shaders or stream processors reside on the D9M core. 

Late last year, NVIDIA confirmed the D9 family will use TSMC's 65nm process node.  The company introduced its first 65nm processor shrink in November 2007: the G92

Other details of the D9M family have already surfaced.  ChileHardware published slides yesterday claiming the GeForce 9600 requires a 400W power supply that requires 26A on the 12V rail.  Unlike previous mid-range GeForce cards, the D9M will require a 6-pin supplementary power connector.

NVIDIA publicly confirmed other details of D9M: DirectX 10.1 support, Shader Model 4.0, OpenGL 2.1 and PCIe 2.0 support just to name a few. 

Further documentation from NVIDIA claims the 9600 GT will also support the Quantum Effects physics processing engine. 

Like all NVIDIA processors, the GeForce 9600 is also HDCP compatible, though final support still depends on vendor implementation. 

NVIDIA declined to comment on expected price of GeForce 9600.   A representative for NVIDIA would comment that the performance increase between GeForce 9600 and GeForce 8600 is "almost double."

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so where does this leave all of us 8800gt owners?
By vexingv on 1/3/2008 1:35:00 PM , Rating: 0
i think the biggest question is how will it stack up against the 8800gt? i just purchased an xfx 8800gt 512 on 12/17 for $230. i figured that high end ($400-500+) 9xxx card would be coming out in 2/2008, but did not foresee any mainstream parts being released until late spring/early summer 2008. with this announcement, 8800gt owners (especially those who overpaid) could very well have gotten shafted by nvidia.

By Polynikes on 1/3/2008 2:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
I won a card game and pocketed $300 at Thanksgiving (from my girlfriend's family, no less) and was seriously considering buying the 8800GT, but I had a feeling there would be some even better stuff coming in the 1st half of '08, so I decided to make that the base of my system refresh fund, which I have been adding bits of money to. New video card, new quad core. Can't wait.

By bohhad on 1/3/2008 2:42:40 PM , Rating: 2
i wouldn't say you got shafted, more like you're just a victim of the vicious development cycle graphics cards go thru. it happens once or twice every year, the geforce 8s left geforce 7 owners feeling screwed, the 7 left the 6xxx series owners feeling screwed... you could wait forever and never buy anything because the latest and greatest is only a couple months away. all tech is like this, graphics cards are just way worse. i just buy what i can afford and live with it, knowing that something twice as fast and half the cost is on its way

By PitViper007 on 1/3/2008 2:54:04 PM , Rating: 2
And that's why I only buy a new card every couple of series. Case in point, I am now running a 6800. I'm at the point now where I'm ready to upgrade, and the 9600GT looks like it might be the one for me. Or if it takes too long coming out, I'll bite on the 8800GT.

By Lightning III on 1/3/2008 4:30:21 PM , Rating: 2

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