NVIDIA's DirectX 10.1 + GDDR5 Only Next Year?
It seems NVIDIA will admit making a mistake and will follow the beaten track of AMD. The latter, as you might remember, not only started using the 55nm process technology long ago, but also released DirectX 10.1 solutions. (By the way, the latest developments of S3 are on the same technological level in terms of supported API).
However, NVIDIA has not only ignored this innovation, but has also been sceptic about GDDR5, widening memory bus instead (512-bit being the latest achievement).
According to TG Daily, all these lags will be eliminated per saltum but only late in Q4'2008 or even early in 2009. At that, TG Daily estimates performance of NVIDIA's new solutions as 1.5-2 times the current.
According to rumors from another source, while preparing a really new product, NVIDIA will release an intermediate to compete with AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2. Most likely, it will be slightly overclocked GeForce GTX 280 with a new 55nm core that can be expected late in August or September.
Well, it seems what happened 6 years ago might be repeating. Back then, ATI surprised many with the very successful R300. It had used the novelty for several years, until its benefits ceased. However, now AMD's advantage is not that solid as with Radeon 9700.
Source: TG Daily, NordicHardware
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