We may be no closer to learning the release date of Nvidia's GF100 graphics processor, but now, we at least know what the product is going to be called. Or, products, as it so happens. Here's an update we caught on Nvidia's Facebook page last night:
Fun Fact of the Week: GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 will be the names of the first two GPUs shipped based on our new GF100 chip!
So, Nvidia's naming will skip straight from the GeForce GTX 200 series to the GeForce GTX 400 series, at least at the high end. The company nonetheless looks like it could replicate the GTX 200 launch by releasing a flagship product alongside a slower derivative. (Presumably, the GTX 470 will have similar silicon with some bits and pieces disabled, lower clocks, or a combination of the two.)
Last we heard, Nvidia still intended to release the first GF100-based products some time this quarter.
For the lowdown on the GF100, be sure to check out our freshest coverage of the upcoming GPU's architecture. Nvidia has made some major architectural changes that should leave the GF100 with formidable GPU computing and geometry processing capabilities. However, gaming performance might not be very much higher than with current AMD offerings.