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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 Volrath06660 on 1/4/2008 7:36:59 PM , Rating: 0
Actually, what this proves is that you really must be a fool. The previous poster and you both need to do a very simple thing........READ the date on the box. Those boxes in all liklihood have been on the shelves for two or more years. That means, that back two or more years ago, when they were released, they MIGHT have been high end, blazing fast, scratch your monkey orifice.....etc etc etc..... So the claim could have been correct then. So, rather than bitch at the gpu makers, bitch at the cheap ass vendor who left it out for all those years. Or better yet, do not go to Best Buy to pick up your computer parts......join the rest of us civilized folk and DON'T get screwed by stores and BUY ONLINE!!!!! Saves money and time..... So if you are impaired and can not read the date that the gpu was made, then you deserve to spend a crap load of money and get no performance. I hope you go broke buying obsolete stuff because you will continue to provide me entertainment on this thread with your running mouth.

That is kinda like seeing a map from the 1200's in a museum claiming that the world was flat and believing it.

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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