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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: 9th gen yeah right
By ElFenix on 11/8/2007 4:23:01 PM , Rating: 0
those are half generations. they don't add more features, just speed. they're more evolution than revolution, you see. the tnt added 32 bit color, the tnt2 just added pipes/speed/bandwidth. the gf256 added t&l, the GTS added pipes/speed/bandwidth. the gf3 added programmability, the gf4 added speed/bandwidth. so on and so forth.

the geforce 5000 is geforce fx.

RE: 9th gen yeah right
By omnicronx on 11/8/2007 6:26:51 PM , Rating: 3
Not quite true, although the TNT2 and GF4 were essentially clock increases, gf2 was not just added speed.
The GF2 included; a second texture map unit, a high definition video processor, and actually included an early version of pixel shaders, even though they were not used.

GF3 also added dx8.1 compatibility..

and GF4 depending on the version you got was either a modified GF3, or a modified GF256(geforce4mx).

RE: 9th gen yeah right
By TheGreatGrapeApe on 11/8/2007 8:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
GF3 also added dx8.1 compatibility..

Actually the GF3 and GF4 are only DX8.0

RE: 9th gen yeah right
By opterondo on 11/9/2007 1:52:39 AM , Rating: 2

• API support

° Complete DirectX® support, including
DirectX 8.1
° Complete DirectX® support, including
DirectX 8.1
° Complete DirectX® support, including
DirectX 8.1

° Full OpenGL® 1.3 support


• NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
• Fully compliant professional OpenGL 1.3
API with NVIDIA extensions, on all Linux
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Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT, and
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RE: 9th gen yeah right
By SlyNine on 11/9/2007 2:30:02 AM , Rating: 2
man what I wouldnt give to have one of those beasts. lol

RE: 9th gen yeah right
By ElFenix on 11/9/2007 11:27:46 AM , Rating: 2
i did mention added 'pipes' as being a mark of a half gen product, and the extra texture units would fall under that. the GF2 added little to the 3D featureset over the GF256. (high def video processor is outside of that, and, as you admitted, the early pixel shaders weren't used).

the GF3 was a full generational step (adding full dx8.1 compatibility, a big step to the 3D featureset). that's why i've listed it that way.

i don't count the MX as a version of the main chip, because, as you point out, they're not.

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