Nvidia is telling "selected people" that NV40 is indeed 210 millions of transistor chip with 16 pipelines as we reported a few weeks ago.
The other side of this NV40 coin is that the real Mc Coy the real NV40 card that was taped out quite some time ago is actually going to be KIA [Killed in action]. Very knowledgeable friends told us recently in the Vienna Opera house that NV40 with 16 pipes and 210 millions of transistor is completely other chip then original NV40.
What actually happened is that Nvidia recently learned about R420 marchitecture and this entire 12x1 story and, that they will eventually end up in second place and decided to can NV40 project and to go immediately with NV45.
Nvidia is a very egotistic company.
NV45 is the name for PCI Express NV40 but apparently this new chip is a rushed new project that Nvidia wanted to save for later.
Still as a consequence our Opera loving friend suggested that there is no possible way that Nvidia might have a working version of the chip at Cebit or if they have it its early silicon for showing off. You can forget about launch party at CeBIT or anytime soon, we are given to understand. Even if the company launches it in April it will be a pure paper launch as NVDA cannot deliver it so soon.
It's not easy to make dramatic changes in silicon and as a consequence you have to re-tape it again and then hope that all will be fine in order to be ready to produce it in six weeks minimum.
As the case is altered, Nvidia might win performance crown again but it's absolutely certain that ATI R420XT will be the first next generation card in shops.
Nvidia and its partners desperately need this fuel possibly with Doom 3 as a rocket to launch it into RetailSpace.
You just would not believe the lengths these graphics firms will go to. After I was thrown off the NVDA stand at SnowBIT last year, and had my arm broken by ATI on the slopes, straight after, the Canadian company even devised special codenames to throw me off the track, so to speak.
Are they all nuts? µ
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