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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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but can it...
By 4wardtristan on 4/17/2008 12:00:53 AM , Rating: 2

RE: but can it...
By Anosh on 4/17/08, Rating: -1
RE: but can it...
By just4U on 4/17/2008 11:43:55 AM , Rating: 2
Well to be fair, Crysis is a next gen game that brings all video cards to it's knees. SO with that in mind any card that it performs really well on will get the nod for possible new games on the horizon. So ... it is a valid question.

RE: but can it...
By feraltoad on 4/18/2008 2:17:53 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, Crysis hasn't been put to bed yet. Right now things do hinge on Crysis for me, and I am sure others, for the reasons you mention. My two year old card (1900xtx) can play COD4 high settings. So, if I don't get great performance on Crysis why should I upgrade? From a 6600gt to the 1900xtx was miles apart, and I won't be happy paying out the nose for for negligle increases. It may be an asumption, but I also believe that performance in Crysis will speak to performance in future games. Moreover, if the next series of cards really rocks Crysis then Crytek might be able to license out its engine. I don't think anyone can deny the visual appeal, but the Unreal engine continues to mop up with it's great performance scaling.

RE: but can it...
By 4wardtristan on 4/18/2008 2:19:21 AM , Rating: 2
did you happen to not see the fact that i actually didnt ask a question...i was actually taking the piss outta the "but will it run crysis?" questions, which im sure you could tell(by the "<" and ">" and the words inbetween)

im sorry that my "question" doesnt provide any new knowledge *to you*..but it may to someone else, you never know.

im sorry that my 7-word post took up *all* of your valuable bandwith

i am sorry that my 7-word post took up 3 seconds of your reading time.

i am also sorry that my 7-word post took up about 8-13cmx1.5-2.5cm of your screen realestate.


RE: but can it...
By 4wardtristan on 4/18/2008 2:21:15 AM , Rating: 2
change 7's to 5's and i might have something

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