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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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You know...
By geddarkstorm on 4/16/2008 5:40:45 PM , Rating: 5
Nvidia needs to hire new people for naming products. This "new core but same retail number" scheme just isn't working for me.

RE: You know...
By RaptorZA on 4/16/2008 5:50:28 PM , Rating: 4
dont forget their same core new number approach

RE: You know...
By ImSpartacus on 4/17/2008 7:29:09 PM , Rating: 3
I have been preaching this for so long.

The 8800GT and GTS512 should've been 8900's along with the 9800's.

I find it hilarious that the 9800's are considered a totally new gen when they are a refresh and the *900 position is saved for refreshes, not the *800 position.

Then the totally new gen is going to look like a freakin refresh as the 9900.

nVidia's naming scheme is a mess. I can't wait until they have to do something different (10800 doesn't work as someone already said).

RE: You know...
By ElFenix on 4/18/2008 3:32:37 PM , Rating: 3
X800 obviously.

RE: You know...
By Smoza on 4/17/2008 12:08:47 AM , Rating: 2
It's only because they still don't know where their naming scheme is going after the 9 series.


one hundred and eight hundred GTX doesn't exactly roll off the tongue...

RE: You know...
By DeSade on 4/17/2008 10:18:11 AM , Rating: 3
Well, as a personal preference I wouldn't mind seeing something to the effect of 10kXX(GT, GTX, whatever) or as they get higher 10k1XX, 10k2XX etc.

They could carry that naming convention on for quite a while as it really doesn't get any larger naming wise. Or they could just roll back like ATI did a few years ago and just start over again...

RE: You know...
By Warren21 on 4/17/2008 5:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
ATI didn't completely 'roll back' however. With the X800 XT for example, the X means 10 (roman numerals). X1900 = 11900, etc.

They only dropped this convention when AMD bought them out and changed it from quite possibly what would have been the X2x00 to HD2x00... probably for its HDMI/UVD capabilities.

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