Nvidia readies G92 shrink, next-gen graphics processor

We talked about AMD's upcoming RV770 graphics processor yesterday, but today we're turning our heads to what Nvidia has in store for the coming months. According to a couple of rumors that have popped up this week, the graphics firm has two GPUs lined up to respond to AMD's expected second-quarter offensive.

According to VR-Zone, the first of those GPUs is a die-shrink of the existing G92. The G92 is based on 65nm process technology, and it's featured in the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, GeForce 8800 GT, and GeForce 8800 GS. Word is that it will appear in a purported GeForce 9800 GTX card this month, as well. VR-Zone says the die-shrink will be based on a 55nm process, and that it will roll out in the second quarter as Nvidia's first answer to the RV770. However, the Singapore-based website expects Nvidia won't be able to properly compete until it unveils its next-gen GT200 chip.

VR-Zone's report doesn't go into much detail about the GT200, but Fudzilla suggests the forthcoming GPU is on track for a launch in the third quarter. The GT200 will be Nvidia's 10th-generation enthusiast product, and it may very well be part of a new GeForce 10 lineup. Don't expect shiny GeForce 10s to give Radeon HD 4000s a run for their money too soon, though; Fudzilla says the GT200 is actually scheduled for the latter part of the third quarter, and that it's likely to slip into the early fourth quarter.

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