The ever-popular GeForce 8800 GT will be renamed the 9800 GT and be given some of the additional, but not yet functional features of Hybrid SLI.
Can't believe nobody caught that. Thats nVidia in a nutshell this past year.
I'm seriously worried about nVidia now, they've done **** all this last year but coast on the success of the G80, while ATI has been working hard and innovating. If it wasn't for AMD dragging them down with them, ATI would probably be looking pretty successful.
Since G80 nVidia has:
-released a die shrink of G80
-renamed the die shrink instead of creating a new core for 9 series
-stuck two underclocked G92s in a lame hack to compete with ATI's creation
and by all accounts GT200 is going to be a monster, but most likely all they did was make it bigger, basically a 65nm die thats as big as the 90nm ones. Sure its going to be fast as hell, but we're probably looking at 600W+ for a single 9900GT, which will probably cost $350+, and GT200 will only apply to the enthusiast market, so the current 9400s and 9600s will still be G92.
If ATI continues its rolling success we may well see RV770 cards that are close, if not better than the GT200 while consuming way less power and costing a couple hundred less. And the new architecture will mean that the lower brackets will also outperform nVidia's offerings.
I think the end of life of the 9800s might just spill over to nVidia in general...