Last month, some news sites claimed a nomenclature change was brewing at Nvidia. As the story went, Nvidia planned to re-label 55nm members of the GeForce 9 series with new names like "GeForce GT 150." That sounded plausible enough (Nvidia does use a similar naming scheme for its new high-end cards, after all), but the source provided no evidence.
Today, evidence has arrived. As TechConnect Magazine reports, a file in the ForceWare 178.15 beta graphics drivers spells out the new names—and the GPUs Nvidia will tie them to. Behold:
NVIDIA_G92.DEV_0615.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150"
NVIDIA_G94.DEV_0626.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce GT 130"
NVIDIA_G96.DEV_0646.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce GT 120"
Those familiar with Nvidia GPU names will know the G92 powers GeForce 9800 GT and GTX cards (among others), while the G94 sits in the 9600 GT, and the G96 makes the 9500 GT tick. Were we to mash together information from both reports, we'd have to conclude that future cards bearing 55nm versions of those GPUs will don the new names.
As we pointed out last time, however, the GeForce 9800 GT and 9800 GTX+ are already supposed to use 55nm G92 GPUs. Perhaps Nvidia will simply re-brand the cards, but it could reintroduce them under different names like it's done with the GeForce 9600 GSO. (Thanks to VR-Zone for the tip.)