Details of GT200's cooler, launch pricing seep out

Nvidia's next-generation GT200-based graphics cards must be close to ready, because details and pictures of them are leaking out at a quickening pace. Yesterday, we had a look at purported mechanical renders of GT200 graphics boards. Today, we see Chinese site PC Online has nabbed pictures of the matching dual-slot stock cooler, which looks half-way between what's on current GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB and GeForce 9800 GTX graphics cards.

According to PC Online, this cooler will fit onto GT200-based "GeForce 9900 GTX" products that will feature 240 stream processors, 32 raster units, 1GB of GDDR3 memory, and 512-bit memory interfaces. Supposedly, the first GT200 chips will be built on a 65nm process, so the cards will have power envelopes as high as 240W. 55nm GT200 GPUs may follow later on, however.

Separately from the PC Online report, Fuad Abazovic over at Fudzilla says he's learned that Nvidia will launch the GeForce 9900 GTX at $499. While previous rumors have pointed to a July launch date, Fudo says the cards will arrive in June.

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