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Nvidia Desktop GPUs Hit 40nm

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New Nvidia 40-nm GPUs are just for OEMs.

Last month Nvidia announced a handful of new mobile 200M series GPUs based on the still-current G200 architecture and built on the 40-nm process. It was only a matter of time before the 40-nm process would make it to the desktop parts, and today those products appeared on Nvidia's website.

Newly emerged are the GeForce GT 220 and GeForce G210, which are on the more modest side of speed and also carry an "OEM Product" tag clearly displayed – so don't expect to see this product in retail stores. It'll likely be packed in with new-built computers, as the tag-line below the product model name reads, "Every PC needs good graphics."

The lower-end G210 will have a core clock speed of 589 MHz, 512 MB of DDR2, 64-bit memory interface, 16 shader processors, VGA, DisplayPort and DVI. The GT 220 is beefier with a 615 MHz core clock, 1 GB of DDR3, 128-bit memory interface, 48 shader processors, VGA, HDMI and DVI. Both support DirectX 10.1, Open GL 3.0 and CUDA.

As they are OEM parts, prices are variable depending on the manufacturer.

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    Sushi Warrior , July 9, 2009 10:59 PM
    Just a little FYI to people wondering why low-end is first, do you realize how many enthusiasts there are? Not many. The majority (AKA a huge percent) of the market is low-end, OEM cards.
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    roofus , July 9, 2009 10:30 PM
    What a peculiar release. I am used to seeing them release the high end parts and trickle down to OEM trash parts. They must be having problems in delivering performance on the 40nm or they would have certainly released their high profit margin parts first, not the low margin, high volume parts.
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    Core2uu , July 9, 2009 10:42 PM
    I'm not sure if Tom's would be able to get a hold of OEM-only parts but if possible I'd love to see some benchmarks.
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    Regulas , July 9, 2009 10:12 PM
    I have always like Nvidia and use a XFX GTX 285 on my Q9650 gaming rig running XP. It rocks anything out there.
  • 7 Hide
    AdamB5000 , July 9, 2009 10:16 PM
    Does it rock Crysis at a million eighty p?
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    roofus , July 9, 2009 10:30 PM
    What a peculiar release. I am used to seeing them release the high end parts and trickle down to OEM trash parts. They must be having problems in delivering performance on the 40nm or they would have certainly released their high profit margin parts first, not the low margin, high volume parts.
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    ct1615 , July 9, 2009 10:31 PM
    these look like the heir apparent to the 9400gt and 9500gt
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    Core2uu , July 9, 2009 10:42 PM
    I'm not sure if Tom's would be able to get a hold of OEM-only parts but if possible I'd love to see some benchmarks.
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    tpi2007 , July 9, 2009 10:42 PM
    well, it's great for these sour economic times. Besides people will have a fresh card, low power (I assume), low noise, and better than Intel's integrated graphics.

    I bet these will go straight into Media Centers.
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    Sushi Warrior , July 9, 2009 10:59 PM
    Just a little FYI to people wondering why low-end is first, do you realize how many enthusiasts there are? Not many. The majority (AKA a huge percent) of the market is low-end, OEM cards.
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    apache_lives , July 9, 2009 11:22 PM
    heh im still skeptical about buying nvidia products
  • 3 Hide
    stumpystumped , July 9, 2009 11:24 PM
    now if they are silent they'd be great for HTPC with light gaming.
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    Luscious , July 9, 2009 11:58 PM
    These look like something HP would use in their slimline desktops...which are due for an update btw.
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    TheFace , July 10, 2009 12:28 AM
    Supports DX 10.1? Thought that was only ATi territory.

    AdamB5000Does it rock Crysis at a million eighty p?

    The competitor also doesn't rock Crysis at a million eighty P. Look who just leveled the playing field!

    roofusWhat a peculiar release. I am used to seeing them release the high end parts and trickle down to OEM trash parts. They must be having problems in delivering performance on the 40nm or they would have certainly released their high profit margin parts first, not the low margin, high volume parts.


    I have read elsewhere (can't find it at the moment) that Nvidia was having major problems moving to 40nm. Thats why they are/were considering the AMD spinoff GlobalFoundries for their new chips.
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    JAYDEEJOHN , July 10, 2009 1:36 AM
    I think the moving to DX10.1 should have been expounded upon a lil more. It wasnt very long ago, nVidia officially declared they werent going to have DX10.1 and that it wasnt really a true update/need. Guess I have to say that in the comments here.
    nVidia rarely opens up with their top end cards, as theyve been burned in the past. This is just a test, with little to lose, not having to backtrack on their view of DX10.1 . Now they can make the DX10.1 claim, while still keeping it from the people in the know. Cant really promote DX10.1, and wont have DX11 for awhile, nVidia just cant win, but they set themselves up for this anyways.
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    computabug , July 10, 2009 1:50 AM
    Well, it was pretty funny when my friend bought a $1000 computer and it couldn't run Crysis :lol:  I just laughed at him for being so spoiled, just like I'd laugh it anyone if they spend $1000 for a gaming machine that came with igp. It's all good... :)  except he's missing out on all the games that my $500 computer (gtx260) rocks at :p 
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    Gin Fushicho , July 10, 2009 2:09 AM
    40nm FTW. Cant wait to see this in new user cards.
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    Nintendork , July 10, 2009 2:26 AM
    My 40nm HD4770 is laughing looking at this weak release xDD.

    GT220 - GT210, do they perform a little better than the HD3300 of my 790GX mobo?

    Oh nvidia, where are you're now...
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    IzzyCraft , July 10, 2009 2:29 AM
    10.1 is ati territory? It's more like Nvidia didn't feel it was going to catch on so didn't really put it on their chips. Mostly it's on there as DX11 Nears as a show of we can do it.
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    JAYDEEJOHN , July 10, 2009 3:05 AM
    No, dont drap ATI into it, theyve supported the full DX10 from the beginning. It was nVidias call as to how they viewd this whole thing. Now, theyre just late to the game.
    Plus, Id hope they could make DX10.1
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    Hatecrime69 , July 10, 2009 3:35 AM
    40nm: good
    ultra low end: bad

    I wouldn't be surprised if their higher end parts don't see 40nm until dx11 cards come out
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    computabug , July 10, 2009 4:00 AM
    p4l1ndr0m3I think ATI is going to win this next round in the graphics war.

    I read that and I'm like 'that's sooooo true... crap."




    I just got a gtx260... why did I fall for the physx and cuda hype? Blocks 4/6 sata ports :( 
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    computabug , July 10, 2009 4:04 AM
    Honestly, (sry double post) the 4850 non-reference with zalcman cooler was $100 and bfg gtx260 OCed was $150, I bought both (stupid me...) and could only return one but had to pay $30 shipping, so I sold it for $100 (lost tax lol) and kept the gtx260... why am I so regretful...? If I only had that 4850 back... I could have all my sata ports again...
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