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After being flamed "a bit" by Charlie, among others claiming NVIDIA's roadmap is empty up ahead, it might seem like NVIDIA could use some damage control. It doesn't really because the roadmap is anything but empty. We recently reported about how NVIDIA aims to reclaim the performance leadership from Radeon HD 4870X2, and it might be sooner than we said. NVIDIA is just waiting for AMD to release its beast so it can counter. After that, we should see something new on the horizon.

Details are still hard to come by, but so far we've been hearing a couple of things. Most importantly, NVIDIA seems to have changed its mind regarding DirectX 10.1. The next GPU which should hit the market in late Q4 2008/early Q1 2009 could very well be DX10.1 compliant, and feature GDDR5 memory. This most likely means that NVIDIA will reduce the bus width to 256-bit, because 512-bit and GDDR5 just seems like a huge waste of bandwidth.

We also know that NVIDIA is preparing to launch a 40nm chip as soon as TSMC get its act together and start pushing out half-node wafers. Right now it seems like this will happen in late Q1 2009. This is most likely not the same chip as NVIDIA doesn't do new nodes on the first date with a new high-end card. Things might have changed in the Santa Clara headquarters, we don't know that certain so take it with a pinch of salt.

AMD is expected to hit 40nm in Q1 2009 as well, even less is known about that right now.
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I love competition. It is great to see that forcing companies to innovate, and even if it is not successful for that company, Nvidia is at least learning from their (costly) mistakes.

Perhaps they will balance their interface (256 bit vs 380 vs 512) and their high-speed memory better with this next card.
    
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Haha. This is great. Glad to see Nvidia finally getting off their butts after two years.

Thanks to the HD48 series, it's a great time to get into the graphics market, with even the high end nvidia units starting to come into reasonable price/performance ranges.
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Does this mean that we will see some DX 10.1 games????
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Does this mean that we will see some DX 10.1 games????
No.
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With nvidia backing it, I think we will very soon. And of course it will be heavily advertised, "The only way to play, DX10.1 with nvidia!"
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DX10.1...........GDDR5......256 bit bus........it may not be an empty road, but it certainly isn't a new one. It's good to see that they are taking note from the consumer for once, it is a shame it took an AS5 whooping to get them to listen, but that's Nvidia.

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With nvidia backing it, I think we will very soon. And of course it will be heavily advertised, "The only way to play, DX10.1 with nvidia!"
Unfortunately that is true, we will also have the Nvidia fan boys to laugh at. Their opinion will go from:

"ZOMG, what did DX10.1 ever do anyways!? It failed guys, just leave it!"

to:

"ZOMG DX10.1 rules, Nvidia are awesome!"
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Unfortunately that is true, we will also have the Nvidia fan boys to laugh at. Their opinion will go from:

"ZOMG, what did DX10.1 ever do anyways!? It failed guys, just leave it!"

to:

"ZOMG DX10.1 rules, Nvidia are awesome!"
of course.
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NVIDIA admits retardation

I'm never, ever going to buy an NVIDIA card again.
They only want to squeeze out money, and they'll keep any improvements they can make in their back pocket just so they can use them later on competition.
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NVIDIA admits retardation

I'm never, ever going to buy an NVIDIA card again.
They only want to squeeze out money, and they'll keep any improvements they can make in their back pocket just so they can use them later on competition.
It's busniess
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