But while everyone appears to be getting all hot and bothered by the numbers, one small detail proves rather interesting: the chip is programmable.ZDNet UK (in English) is claiming that the NV20 will be up to seven times faster than the existing GeForce 2 Ultra. NV20 will also feature better anti-aliasing performance.
This is interesting because of recent developments with DirectX. Version 8.0 of Microsoft's games and multimedia API. Earlier this week, head of UK graphics chip developer 3DLabs, Nick Trevett, claimed DirectX 8.0 was going to render - pun not intended - all existing chip architectures obsolete.
Why? Because DirectX 8.0 gives games developers control over the rendering pipeline. Where once accelerator chip designers determined how their silicon would speed up geometry, texturing, shading and lighting, and software writers had to work with that, now the coders can decide how best to organise the pipeline for the needs of their software.