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Graphzilla prepping early G200 launch

DAMMIT if they will lose the performance crown
Fri Apr 25 2008, 13:08

THE GREEN TEAM is moving up its launch of the GeForce 9900 series to July in a bid to counter DAAMIT's launch of RV770, according to our old friend Internet Reports.

The bods at VR-Zone offer no hard info for their claims beyond the usual sources, but it doesn't seem like an improbable move. If AMD actually gets its act together and RV770 - the Radeon 4800 series - actually turns out to be a performance crown-winner, Nvidia won't want to let that stand for very long.

The 9900GT was previously speculated to be the first card out of the bag, given the stunning sales and benchmark performance of the 8800GT, but it may now be that all chips are being stuck into GTX and GTS cards to make sure that Nvidia stays top dog in the face of new competition.

G200, on which the 9900 series is based, is a brand new architecture rather than the G92-based respin which has powered recent Nvidia cards. Expect a good gig of memory and more than a billion transistors. And plenty of spin, both in the foundry and on the PR trail. µ


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