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Chicago (IL) – Nvidia so far declined to provide any information if and when the company will consider support the DirectX 10.1 API in its GPUs, a technology than is integrated AMD’s Radeon cards for some time now. Roadmap information we stumbled across today offers a bit more clarity and suggests that the company’s next-generation desktop and notebook chips will support DirectX 10.1.

DirectX 10.1 has been a confusing story for most of us, with no clear indication which graphics card you should buy to be able to get access to the best feature set. ATI Radeon cards as well as S3 have been supporting DirectX 10.1 for a while now, but Nvidia remains silent about its future API plans – leaving the gaming market and its customers in uncertainty.

A presentation slide we received, but unfortunately cannot share with you in order to protect our source, clearly states that Nvidia will offer DirectX 10.1 support with its next-generation notebook GPUs that are scheduled for a spring 2009 release. DirectX 10.1 is also likely to be offered in the next desktop GPU generation, which should debut either late in Q4 2008 or Q1 2009, with a possible ramp throughout Q1 and Q2 of 2009.

So, what does that mean? Well, it depends on your view.

What we know for sure is that with Nvidia’s decision to now support DX10.1, the industry will be embracing this API.

On the very high end, it may mean that you should think twice spending $500 or more on a DX10.0 card. DX10.1 cards may be the better value proposition, if you want to run the latest games and don’t want to buy another $500 card six months from now. Nvidia’s new GPU generation, we hear, will also be 1.5 to 2 times faster than the current technology.

This decision may also have some implications for AMD. Realistically, AMD has a six-month advantage over Nvidia in terms of API support right now and also appears to have competitive hardware in place as well. If AMD plays this game smart, it should be able to regain market share, as the 4800 series may be the more attractive technology for computer graphics at this time – at least for those of us with a limited budget.

Oh, and we almost forgot: Nvidia will also switch to GDDR5 memory, most likely within 2008. As GDDR5 chips are more available we expect first Nvidia GDDR5 cards to hit the market in Q4.
http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/38247/135/

So quite a short lifespan for the 200 series, then, and a switch across the industry to DX10.1. GDDR5 too. Something tells me they're still going to price them in a way that even the lone RV770 card 4870 will remain attractive, not to mention the X2.
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So quite a short lifespan for the 200 series...........
everything came out after 8800GTX has a short lifespan......

:swearing: nVidia
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At least this will stop DX10.1 crap popping out in every single threat.

On the side note, does this mean there won't be 55nm GT200?
Edited by Nowyn - 7/3/08 at 12:51pm
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What happened to not wanting anyone to be on DX10.1 nVidia?
    
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At least this will stop DX10.1 crap popping out in every single threat.

On the side note, does this mean there won't be 55nm GT200?
or there will be, and it'll be DX10.1 ...
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At least this will stop DX10.1 crap popping out in every single threat.

On the side note, does this mean there won't be 55nm GT200?
I assume a die shrunk gtx200 with dx10.1 will do the trick.
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What happened to not wanting anyone to be on DX10.1 nVidia?
You know what they say "If you can't beat em, join em"
    
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thats not a short lifespan. They said q1 of 09 so thats pobably 8 months away
    
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Thank god, at least the industry can FINALLY move forward now that nvidia decided to become less of an anchor.

I highly doubt the 55nm GT200 will be anywhere close to "1.5 to 2x faster" than the current GT200s, seriously, its only a die shrink of 10nm...

Was the 3870 1.5-2x faster than the 2900XT? no.
and that was a 25nm die shrink.
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AMD should have it's new cards out by then as well. Nvidia has some work to do if they want to get back on top.
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