GeForce 9600 GT launch postponed?

AMD launched its Radeon HD 3600 and 3400 graphics processors today, but it'll take another month for Nvidia to launch its own next-gen mainstream product, according to a story on Expreview. Recent rumors suggested the GeForce 9600 GT was scheduled for a launch on February 14, but Expreview now says the card has been pushed back until February 21.

Reportedly, some GeForce 9600 GT cards "have voltage offset issues 'during certain applications'," and Nvidia needs some time to iron out the problem. Additionally, the advent of the Chinese New Year is said to be a factor in the postponement.

Judging by the latest leaked specifications, the upcoming GeForce 9600 GT will have a G94 graphics processor clocked at 650MHz, which Nvidia will pair with 512MB of 900MHz GDDR3 memory running off a 256-bit memory bus. Leaked benchmarks suggest the card will be about 80% of the performance of a GeForce 8800 GT.

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