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Get ready for an avalanche of new NVIDIA products

NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GT might be one of the best performance-per-dollar cards since the Radeon 9800, but things are moving fast at NVIDIA and there's a lot more on the way from the company between now and next Summer.

Over the last quarter, the company moved away from the old "Gx" designation for its core names, instead opting to switch to a more descriptive system.  NVIDIA's new codenames follow:
  • D8M: Eighth generation mainstream, previously named G98
  • D8P: Eighth generation performance, previously named G92
  • D9M: Ninth generation mainstream
  • D9P: Ninth generation performance
  • D9E: Ninth generation enthusiast
GeForce 8800 GT, codenamed G92 and D8P, stole the majority of the headlines last week.  GeForce 8800 GT, the 112 stream processor sub-titan, became NVIDIA's first 65nm processor design. However, NVIDIA's dark horse was really the revision on GeForce 8800 GTS SSC.

GeForce 8800 GTS SSC, as it’s awkwardly called, is essentially identical to the GeForce 8800 GTS based on the 90nm G80 core.  However, where typical 8800 GTS components only enables 96 of the 128 stream processors of the G80 core, the 8800 GTS SSC enables 112 stream processors -- the same number featured on the GeForce 8800 GT.

And yet in December, GeForce 8800 GTS is expected to undergo another revision as the company moves from the 90nm G80 core to the 65nm D8P.  Vendors will introduce 112 stream processor and 128 stream processor revisions on D8P, which even further convolutes the corporate guidance put forth just a week ago.

NVIDIA will continue to cannibalize the GeForce 8000 series as it moves to 65nm silicon across the board.  GeForce 8400 will likely be the first to go before the end of the year, as the G86 design is replaced by the 65nm D8M silicon, which was previously called G98.

As 2007 comes to a close, the company will ramp production on ninth-generation components to replace the eighth-generation 65nm parts, D8x.  Sound familiar? It should, as NVIDIA is almost exactly replicating Intel's tick-tock strategy of alternate cycles of design and shrink. 

Early NVIDIA roadmaps claim D9M, the first ninth-generation NVIDIA component, will replace the GeForce 8500-series lineup.  There's no retail designation for these D9x parts, but it would be a safe bet to say these will be the GeForce 9xxx-series cards.

D9M will add PCIe 2.0 support, DirectX 10.1, wider memory controllers (up to 128-bits) and will be based on a 65nm silicon.  D9P, the likely 8600-series replacement, adds the same features as D9M, but the memory controller width will top out at 256-bits.

D9E, the enthusiast component slated to replace the GeForce 8800-series, will incorporate all of the features of D9P and add a 512-bit memory bus. NVIDIA is holding its cards close on D9E, and has not provided any other guidance or release date.

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By SlyNine on 11/8/2007 3:15:31 PM , Rating: 0
What happens to people looking to go SLI when these revisions come out.. The same thing that happened when I got the 7800GT and they switched too the 7900GT's. You get bonned. I wish they wouldnt do this. It makes looking at SLI as a future upgrade worthless.

By HeelyJoe on 11/8/2007 9:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
SLI never really has, and probably never will be, a cost-effective solution in most cases.

The only time I really see it as being useful is in systems where money really doesn't matter as much.

I agree, though, it would be nice if that weren't the case.

By retrospooty on 11/8/2007 9:45:19 PM , Rating: 3
SLI was never really a great upgrade path. Its always been semi buggy and using 2 cards takes alot of power. Keep in mind that every 6 months or so (except this past year) a new gen caard is out and its usually as fast if not faster than previous gen SLI at a lower total cost.

For example, why would you have bough 2x 6800's when one 7800 came out, and likewise, one 8800GTX is far faster than 2 7900GTX's so the use is always limited as an upgrade path. Its really an enthustiest thing.

By SlyNine on 11/9/2007 2:12:08 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I always had hoped that you can pick up youre 400$ card when it comes out and then when the price drops to 120$ you could buy another one for a stop gap too avoid upgrading every generation.

By retrospooty on 11/9/2007 9:55:49 AM , Rating: 3
you can... It is an option, its just that now you have to deal with the power and heat and space req's of 2 cards, and your single new gen card will likely be the same $400 price point and be faster than previous gen SLI. Still a decent option if you have the system for it.

By SlyNine on 11/10/2007 1:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
The thing is you might not want or need 2 of those cards when you first buy it. So the plan would be to wait until the card drops in price and then pick the second one up. But anymore before the card has a chance to drop in price they cut production.

When I bought the 7800GT, SLI was still somewhat new (at least too me). I didn't expect a 7900GT to come out. Worst thing was the 7800GT's never dropped in price so it was never worth buying a second one.

As far as buying 2 video cards of a previous generation, for example buying 2 7900GTX's when the 8800GTX came out. That's a very bad investment to say the least. But if you already had a 7900GTX and the prices of them were currently very good, 200$ maybe, back when the 8800GTX's were first released then you might would just spend 200$ for the upgrade to hold you off.

You may not have the greatest performance on the block but 2 7900GTX's are still very good.

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