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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: so what about the rumoured 8800gs?
By ImSpartacus on 1/3/2008 4:49:51 PM , Rating: 2
I've been praying for an 8800gs since the original 8800 lineup was released (gtx,640 gts, 320 gts, NOTHING, gts, gt, etc). If the 8800gt's prices came down it might fill the gap, but thats not happening.

I think the 9600gt will probably msrp a little south of the 200$ mark to compete with the 3850 (i think the 256mb 8800gt was supposed to be sold at 200$ but is more 215-220). However it will surely rise.

RE: so what about the rumoured 8800gs?
By RamarC on 1/3/2008 8:29:52 PM , Rating: 2
now i'm really confused. hardocp has pics of a supposed 9800 gx2 which seems to be a g92 based 8800gtx x2.

9600gt, 8800gs, 9800gx2... something's screwy, or maybe it's me 8^).

RE: so what about the rumoured 8800gs?
By JackBeQuick on 1/4/2008 9:46:33 AM , Rating: 2
Looks pretty photoshop to me. G92 is already drying up, i think the likelihood of 8800 GS is almost nill. But then what would Kyle and Fudo write about ....

By ImSpartacus on 1/6/2008 9:53:07 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I understand an 8800 GS isn't going to happen, but it was a dream. the 8800 GT pretty much does it all anyway (aside from low end which is covered by this new 9600 GT).

By initialised on 1/10/2008 4:35:14 AM , Rating: 2
nVidia's got a bloody cheek, the Radeon 9600 was a cracking mid range card a few years back.

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