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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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RE: Will they ever learn?
By MetaDFF on 11/8/2007 3:47:01 PM , Rating: 5
Blowing the competition out of the water is good for the press but not necessarily good for the bottom line. Why introduce a new product when you can use the old one to recoup research and development costs?

Chips are increasingly more difficult and expensive to design, so it makes sense for them to profit from it over the longest period of time possible.

RE: Will they ever learn?
By SavagePotato on 11/8/2007 4:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
Intel is still pushing plenty hard at this point in my opinion. Nehalem will be out as early as next summer. They aren't really ramping the clock speeds up that high but nonetheless the performance steadily increases.

Penryn is just starting to become available and marks a pretty solid performance gain over the previous offerings. Nehalem probably an even more revolutionary step. When you consider how quickly their tick tock strategy moves along it seems plenty fast, at least to me.

As far as video cards go, I am honestly a little relieved to see them slow down a bit. The 8800gtx has been a top enthusiast part for an entire year, that's quite unprecedented. It's gotten to the point where at least these 6 and 700 dollar parts are seeing a solid 2 year plus lifespan. Myself I've been using a 7900gtx for close to 2 years now, and I'm starting to feel the lacking of it finaly in games like UT3, but comparing to past cards it has held out very well for 2 years, the 8800gtx probably will be even better, considering it is still to date the highest performing single card solution.

RE: Will they ever learn?
By retrospooty on 11/8/2007 8:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
What he means is that Penryn was going to debut at 3.6ghz per Intel 6 months ago, and based on many sites early OC results easily could (anyone that has tried is hitting 3.6 without incrasing voltage or running hot at all), but since AMD has nothing to offer we are getting 3.16 and 3.2 ghz parts at the high end price points. This is exactly what they did int he past before the athlon came along.

RE: Will they ever learn?
By SlyNine on 11/9/2007 2:21:38 AM , Rating: 2
I think the 9700pro had one of the best life spanes ever.

RE: Will they ever learn?
By StevoLincolnite on 11/9/2007 4:49:48 AM , Rating: 2
The Voodoo did, with some modifications to Doom 3, and Quake 4 it could be run on a Voodoo 2 12mb card which was released in 1998. (Quake 4 was released in 2005 - so 7 years?)

Otherwise the Geforce 256, which was supported in games like Half Life 2 and FarCry without any modifications to the game.
Or perhaps the Geforce 3 Ti200 Which can run Oblivion with the help of OldOblivion?

RE: Will they ever learn?
By 3kliksphilip on 11/9/2007 8:47:37 PM , Rating: 3
I agree completely. It was the first DX 9 card out, it whipped the Geforce 4's and it ran any game out (Including the big names, such as Half Life 2, Doom 3 and Far Cry). To upgrade the DX 10 requires Vista and as most people are happy on XP, the DX 9 cards are still effective. Plus the XBOX 360, Wii and PS3 aren't DX10 compatible.

Okay, some of the things I have said are generalised, but you get my drift that the ATI 9700 was a great product which was launched at the right time. I wish I hadn't got an ATI Radeon 9600...

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