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Ah well, I actually am probably going to get the 4870, I'm not a fanboy, just too loyal for my own good.
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Originally Posted by Croft View Post
Nvidia’s new GPU generation, we hear, will also be 1.5 to 2 times faster than the current technology.

Nvidia's new generation GPU is not going to be just die shrink.
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A very smart man at Intel once told me that when designing a microprocessor you can either build a new architecture, or move to a smaller manufacturing process, but you don't do both at the same time. The reason you don't do both is because it significantly complicates the design, validation and manufacturing processes - you want to instead limit the number of variables you're changing in order to guarantee a quick ramp up and good yields of your silicon.

NVIDIA followed this rule of thumb with the GT200, building its "brand new" (or at least significantly evolved) architecture on a tried-and-true 65nm process instead of starting at 55nm...
It's only going to be a die shrink.
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then 55nm is going to be different core too
If it comes out in the next few months, I doubt it. There was a year of development between G80 and G92, but a few months isn't enough time for Nvidia to make any proper architectural changes to GTX 200. Case in point: The 9800GTX+. They only had a few months to come out with it (or less), and the only thing it improves on is clock speeds. Hell, the 9800GTX was just an 8800GTS 512MB with the ability to go Tri-SLI - so there was some minor architectural work from the 8800GTS 512MB to the 9800GTX, but nothing major.

There simply isn't enough time for Nvidia to pull anything too crazy with the GTX 200 series if they have a die shrink planned for later this year. It's a brand-new architecture, not something tried and proven like G80, so they still need to iron out the current bugs in it.

And let's face it - G92 wasn't a huge step over G80 anyway. Yes, it performed much better for the price, but the architecture itself wasn't much improved. When the 8800GT came out, I seriously doubt anyone that bought a 640MB 8800GTS in early '07 felt ripped off.
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