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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: Wha T Evarrrr
By roadrun777 on 1/4/2008 3:43:37 AM , Rating: 0
Thank you, someone understand! You have to be a pixel pipeline shader expert to even understand if the card your buying will give you an enjoyable experience or not and the average person knows only what is advertised on the box. The box clearly states that it will give you smooth excellent gaming experience with all mainstream games. We all know this is a blatant lie, and that anyone foolish enough to believe whats on the box will be extremely disappointed. So WHO is to blame? Everyone here seems to think its the consumers fault for believing the lie, but I am saying that the companies shouldn't lie to begin with, and that the dishonesty has left me thinking the entire industry if full of SH**, and it is. You can pay 800$ for a card that barely chugs along at native panel resolutions. It is sad when you pay more for your video card that your 24" monitor, and the video card can't even display at its native resolution.
There needs to be standards set forth that are trustworthy, and the company needs to be forced into correctly labeling these cards so that an average customer knows exactly what to expect when they load up game "A" and game "B". As it stands, you have to rely on tech sites that are known to give false benchmarks, or give benchmarks based on engineering samples that are doctored by the companies and don't reflect actual retail card performances. So again, deception layered upon deception. I, for one, am a little sick of the whole game of video card lottery. It's gotten old, and the industry needs to innovate or die.

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RE: Wha T Evarrrr
By Volrath06660 on 1/4/08, Rating: 0
RE: Wha T Evarrrr
By Oobu on 1/5/2008 7:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
I was just using those models as an example, I don't know what they sell anymore. The last time I looked, which has been awhile mind you, I remember seeing those 5500's, 9500's, and 9200's. Every single one of them said "High Performance Gaming" and you probably couldn't play any modern games on any of those (or whatever they have now) with decent settings. Even putting your games on the lowest resolution with the quality on very low they would probably still run like a slideshow. Yet they still put "High Performance Gaming" on the box, sad. Not too long ago I saw a PCI card, not AGP, not PCI Express, a PCI video card that said "High Performance Gaming" within the last two years. How many games can even run properly on that? Come on, you may not like what this guy is saying but he's got a point. I don't completely agree with him, but he's got the right idea.

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