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The next codenames to remember: GT200 and RV770

After the NVIDIA financial analyst call last week, the company briefly hinted at its upcoming roadmap this year. 

AMD's RV770 architecture, set to launch this summer, will be immediately followed by a new graphics architecture from NVIDIA, codenamed GT200.  GeForce 9900, as it's been dubbed, is not simply a derivation of G92 like the current GeForce 9800 GX2 and GTX offerings.

NVIDIA has been extremely tight-lipped about GeForce 9900, as it overlaps considerably with its current high-end offerings.  NVIDIA's latest flagship products, the GeForce 9800 GTX and GeForce GX2 only made their debut last month.  Unlike the GeForce 9900, these cards were once again based on the G92 die -- nearly the same GPU used in the GeForce 8800 GT. 

Original NVIDIA roadmaps put the GT200 launch in late Fall 2008. However internal memos sent out to board partners in early March detail that the GT200 processor has already been taped out.  The same document alludes to the fact that the GT200 chip is very stable, and has been ready to ship for reference designs for several weeks already.

The company gave no reason for the tentative roll-in, but with AMD launching the successor to successful RV670 (Radeon 3850, 3870) this summer, it seems entirely plausible that NVIDIA anticipates another close race. 

AMD partners claim Radeon RV770 will make its debut this summer under $300. NVIDIA's 9900 is currently scheduled as an ultra-high end adapter to be priced higher than the GeForce 9800 GX2 offerings, which retail for more than $500 today.

Channel partners indicate that the 9800 GTX and GX2 will begin phasing out next month in preparation for the GT200 launch. Both companies have made promises to show demonstrations of their next-gen cards at the Computex Taipei trade show on June 3, 2008.

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nvidia fanboys?
By Screwballl on 4/16/2008 3:52:27 PM , Rating: -1
So why all the coverage and focus on the nvidia cards and only a few brief sentences about AMD/ATI? Guess that points to where the preference lies here.
I look at performance once the product is released, not preconceived notions about something being better than the alternative before it is released just based on prior numbers. The Athlon 64 proved that and so did the Conroe upon their releases.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By HaZaRd2K6 on 4/16/08, Rating: -1
RE: nvidia fanboys?
By onwisconsin on 4/16/2008 4:14:42 PM , Rating: 3
There's a reason this post is in the Blogs section and not regular front-page news.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By Amiga500 on 4/17/2008 5:14:39 AM , Rating: 3
I'll never use an ATI card again simply because of their drivers.


You aren't serious? :-|

Since AMD bought ATI their drivers have been improving leaps and bounds on a clockwork monthly basis. That is both on linux and windows.

Dailytech - is there any more news on the open source driver program (the one with AMD releasing documentation of their GPUs) - how is it coming along? Last I heard the 2D performance was pretty decent.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By KristopherKubicki on 4/16/2008 4:01:16 PM , Rating: 5
So why all the coverage and focus on the nvidia cards and only a few brief sentences about AMD/ATI? Guess that points to where the preference lies here.

The pragmatic assumption would be that I don't know much about RV770, rather than an overt need to bias the article.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By bill3 on 4/16/08, Rating: -1
RE: nvidia fanboys?
By RobFDB on 4/17/2008 4:38:58 AM , Rating: 1
I'll be honest here, I think masher may take issue with that statement.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By oTAL on 4/17/08, Rating: 0
RE: nvidia fanboys?
By FITCamaro on 4/17/2008 10:48:51 AM , Rating: 2
So don't come to the site.

And they said RV770 will debut around $300. That doesn't mean there won't be higher end and more expensive parts. Regardless, even if they don't have the highest end part, I'd rather have an affordable part.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By psychobriggsy on 4/18/2008 7:29:28 AM , Rating: 1
I've never thought that Dailytech has shilled for Sony, BluRay or Apple. Quite the contrary. Ditto regarding hating Microsoft.

They don't hate Apple nearly as much as The Register or The Inquirer however. Their hate borders on mental unstability.

95%+ of graphics card buyers will be buying in the sub-$300 range, maybe more if we enter a recession. This is the best place for AMD to target, ahead of the performance market. I'm sure AMD will come out with a dual-RV770 card as well for that.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By othercents on 4/16/2008 4:02:31 PM , Rating: 1
Well not exactly. We are all about the underdog. AMD vs INTEL we choose AMD. AMD vs NVIDIA we choose NVIDIA. MAC vs PC we choose PC. What were you expecting me to say MAC?


RE: nvidia fanboys?
By Etsp on 4/16/2008 4:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, Who is the underdog in Nvidia vs AMD?

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By HaZaRd2K6 on 4/16/2008 4:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
AMD is still a helluva lot bigger than nVidia is. I think what he meant to say was ATI (or AMD's ATI division).

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By MrBungle123 on 4/16/2008 6:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
well... until you factor in that AMD's stock price is 1/8th what it was a couple years ago.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By Sulphademus on 4/17/2008 10:11:33 AM , Rating: 2
Its what they get for bungling the Phenom and having no top end video card.

Good (not great) CPU, but the delays and TLB bug are killing them. Their ATI side has struggled since the buyout and merger but thats kind of expected. Heres hoping they can both get back in the ring with some force.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By FITCamaro on 4/17/2008 10:50:47 AM , Rating: 3
Top end products don't provide much revenue. They're there for bragging rights. A low end part that performs better than the other person's low end part is far more important to drive lots of revenue.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By HaZaRd2K6 on 4/18/2008 9:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps, but top-end parts have much higher profit margins than do low-end parts.

Riddle me this: If an 8800GT 512MB costs around $200, then why do two of them bolted together (essentially what the 9800GX2 is) cost $600? There certainly isn't $200 worth of cooler on the card. That extra $200 is pure profit.

RE: nvidia fanboys?
By overzealot on 4/20/2008 1:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
Well, what if we put it a different way:
If you sell an 100 8800gt's for $200 with $50 profit for every one 9800gx2 sold for $600 with $250 profit, which is the card that keeps your company in the black and keeps you in a job?

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