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Nvidia today released its latest GeForce 6-class graphics chip, the low-end - or "mainstream", as Nvidia puts it - GeForce 6200.

Like the mid-range 6600 and high-end 6800, the 6200 provides PCI Express connectivity and full support for DirectX 9, including Shader Model 3.0. Like the 6600, it uses a 128-bit memory bus, but lacks the other parts' GDDR 3 support - the 6200 is vanilla DDR only.

The 6200 doesn't support 64-bit texture filtering and processor, or provide colour, texture or z-buffer compression, as the higher end chips all do. Nor does it support Nvidia's SLI ' two cards, one image' technology.

The 110nm part contains four pixel processing pipelines, compared to the 6600GT's eight and the 6800 Ultra's 16. Nvidia claimed the 6200 is capable of a 1.2bn texels per second fill rate and processing 225m vertices per second.

GeForce 6200-based boards are scheduled to ship in November 2004, Nvidia said. ®

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