Nvidia 'G92' to debut 12 November?
DisplayPort capability claimed
Nvidia is preparing to up the ante in the performance graphics chip stakes this coming November with 'G92', it has been claimed. If true, the new part will be announced a year after Nvidia launched its first GeForce 8 series GPU.
Various reports around the web earmark 12 November for G92's launch date, though there's some confusion about the part's ranking in Nvidia's product list. GeForce 8950 is one name put forward, suggesting it'll sit above the 8800 Ultra, but then other reports suggest it'll be more of a mainstream part.
There's some consensus on G92's capabilities, however. Expect a DirectX 10.1 part that'll fit on PCI Express 2.0 connected cards with DVI, HDMI and - interestingly - DisplayPort connectors.
DisplayPort is the Vesa organisation's answer to the more consumer electronics-centric HDMI, and while it's questionable whether the industry needs a second connector that does pretty much what HDMI does, Nvidia's clearly plating it safe. In the past, the company has told Register Hardware there are powerful names in the computer biz in both camps, and why annoy any of them to save a couple of dollars on the cost of a graphics card?
For more on DisplayPort and HDMI, check out our Future Connectors feature.
Whatever the G92's specs and market status, all will apparently be revealed in two months' time.
"And I certainly won't be buying Vista just to play a game or 2."
That's fine, it's your choice. I also made my choice and got an 8800GTX and Vista. Yes, disappointed with the paucity of DX10 titles, but wouldn't have missed BioShock's eye candy for anything :) Looking forward to Crysis and other DX10 games to filter (slowly) in. My card will get a good price on eBay around Christmas time :D
Never buy a new video card just for a new version of DirectX. The next round of cards will come before the games do. And even then, the first games supporting said release are often all graphics, no game.
Personally, I'll stick with my old Geforce 6600 for some time yet. And I certainly won't be buying Vista just to play a game or 2.
Clearly 'plating' it safe
Typos aside, this sucks for the people who bought DX10 parts (8800s and the like) thinking they would run top of the range for the foreseeable future; now it looks like there will be DX10.1 parts with a load of extra features before the year is out.
I guess that's the price to be paid for keeping your rig up to date. At least those 8800s can manage DX9 games at a fair old pace.