Hey thanks spoonboy . I was just checking good 'ole Nordic Hardware when I came across this info. Although I must say my personal favorite was the 384 shaders clocked at 2GHz. If it's true of course........
I can't say whether I believe this stuff or not, but did you guys catch that this is not the G90, this is Nvidia's next high-end card after the 9800s? That would certainly make it more believable if the 9800s are just a 65nm refresh of the 8800s.
*EDIT* Btw what thread did I post this stuff in? I can't remember now lol.
Could it be true though? NV's former plans was just to refresh the 9800 series cards with 55nm parts in summer, but that seams kinda silly to me... They should be ready with a G100 by then, as this old 9800 and 8800 tech was developed a looooong time ago now. (Yes the 9800 chips are old, basically just more G80's lol).
Those numbers don't sound ridiculous to me, I think the G100 specs should come in close to those numbers.
Maybe the previously speculated 9800GTX (G92) will be released as the 8900---. I guess we wont know until its released. But its still excited to see something new even if it is just speculation or rumored.
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Specs don't add up under the current architecture, so there's some major changes to ratios internally.
At first blush it sounds more like an R680 style product, where it's 2 x a 192shader solution, with each being 900million transistors.
Using the old architecture (not changing the composition of the shaders), that would mean a 50% increase in SPUs while maintaining the same TMU/ROP ration for the end result of tripling the shaders while doubling the back end from the G80-92. The problem with that is a change in the ROP-bitwidth ratio as well.
Anywhoo, I'd take that info with a grain of salt, because even at 55nm a 1.8 billiion transistor chip is going to be pretty big surface area wise, and I have a feeling that it's more likely two 900 million transistor chips with an approach similar to the R700.
Might still be available, but you know that nVidia and AMD will test it as soon as Samsung et al can give them some, because they're probably their most influential customers (with the AIB being the actual larget 'purchasers').
I would suspect you might see support for GDDR5 in those chips, but they might not actually use them in the cards until a refresh, especially depending on price/performance/availability.
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I have read "prey" by Crichton, the snazzy cover drew me in, and i actually really enjoyed it. Will keep an eye out for the others you mentioned.