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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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RE: finally
By Lightning III on 1/3/2008 4:22:26 PM , Rating: -1
I got a 3870 for 219 at launch and although it cost less than the 512 8600 gts at the time it clearly smokes it like a cheap cigar and if you oc it's just barley behind the vaunted 8800 gt for a hundred and fifty dollars less I just got to say STFUP since I run XP all the settings are as high as they go anyway

please remember the 3870 and the 3850 are the mid range or performance offerings we haven't seen the high end (enthusest grade )yet thats the 3870X2 so spit out the green weenie and stfup

since I migrate all my cards from my gaming rig to my htpc the it might be hdcp compliant doesn't get it not to mention all their chipsets have heat issues in the HTPC world and their video cards doen't like playing with my tuners I whent green once and had to send the p.o.s. back


RE: finally
By Rockjock51 on 1/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: finally
By roadrun777 on 1/3/2008 6:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
I am just curious about the green weenies...
Where do you buy those?!?


RE: finally
By onwisconsin on 1/3/2008 8:43:11 PM , Rating: 3
Whatever it is, you can find it on eBay ;)


RE: finally
By Haltech on 1/3/2008 7:23:26 PM , Rating: 3
is it me or can anyone understand his last paragraph?


RE: finally
By PLaYaHaTeD on 1/3/2008 7:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, i literally couldn't control my laughter after i read your post, then read the last paragraph. So funny.


RE: finally
By ImSpartacus on 1/6/2008 9:46:32 AM , Rating: 2
I kinda feel bad for that guy. That's some terrible grammar.


RE: finally
By roadrun777 on 1/3/2008 7:34:54 PM , Rating: 3
Um, he is saying that he is angry about the heat issues and the lack of performance like the rest of us. Then he says that he tried to go green (green weenies?) and got angry with the performance and gave the video card (or machine in this case) back to whomever he got it from.

I personally have a 2 8800GT cards in SLI and I duct taped a broom stick to my computer so I can use it as a hair dryer in the morning, that way I am saving energy by not running two hair dryers at the same time.


RE: finally
By ShadowZERO on 1/4/2008 2:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
What happen? Someone set up us the bomb. All your base are belong to us!!! You have no chance to survive, make your time. ha ha ha!


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