The way the GeForce 9 series has been introduced is probably not one of the best decisions the marketing department at Nvidia has made recently. This is the first time the manufacturer has launched a new generation of graphic cards that make exclusive use of an existing GPU core from the preceding generation, with absolutely no change to either the instruction set or to the stream processors.
After the midrange GeForce 9600 GT and the very-high-end 9800 GX2, Nvidia now feels that it has to bring out a new high-end device, the GeForce 9800 GTX, but one that's actually more like just another version of the G92, after the 8800 GT and GTS. Still, the 9600 GT was a very good card, and it even opened up a new segment of the market, with a lower price point than the GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB and closer to AMD's offering. But will the 9800 GTX do the same?