New Nvidia drivers confirm GeForce 8 derivatives
Fixing bugs and re-introducing features aren't the only things Nvidia's new ForceWare 101.41 graphics drivers do. As an investigative user on the VR-Zone forums has found out, the drivers' nv_disp.inf file contains references to a half dozen yet-unreleased GeForce 8-series graphics cards. The list is as follows:
NVIDIA_G80.DEV_0194.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra"
NVIDIA_G84.DEV_0400.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS"
NVIDIA_G84.DEV_0402.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT"
NVIDIA_G86.DEV_0421.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT"
NVIDIA_G86.DEV_0422.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS"
NVIDIA_G86.DEV_0423.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8300 GS"
Those references would appear to confirm the existence of GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, 8500 GT, and 8300 GS graphics cards, whose rumored specifications and prices leaked
last week. These cards are reportedly scheduled to come out in the second half of next month and to serve as replacements for GeForce 7-series cards currently in the sub-$250 price range.
Also interesting is the mention of a GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card. The entry says "G80", so the card is most likely based on the same graphics chip as Nvidia's current GeForce 8800-series offerings. Unless Nvidia manages to squeeze even higher clock speeds out of the 90nm G80 chip, this so-called GeForce 8800 Ultra might simply be a version of the GeForce 8800 GTX with speedier GDDR4 RAM. The folks at Beyond3D speculate that Nvidia will launch the 8800 Ultra in April or May in an effort to retain the performance crown after AMD launches the R600.