Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang may have appeared to cast doubt over the timely release of GF100 derivatives last month, but according to a report by Fudzilla, cheaper DirectX 11-capable GeForces are on the way nonetheless. In fact, the site has received word that the first GF100 derivatives may be out as early as this summer. The post isn't entirely clear about Nvidia's precise schedule, though:
Last time we talked to our well informed sources we learned that cheaper version of Fermi architecture should be coming this summer, most likely June, but since Nvidia keeps slipping its schedule it might happen even at later date. One can only hope that Q3 2010 will be the latest launch deadline, in case if they don't make it in June.
Nvidia would certainly benefit from having such products on the market as soon as possible. GF100-based GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards due later this month will most likely be high-end offerings, but AMD has had sub-$200 DX11 GPUs out and about since last October. The first sub-$100, DX11 Radeon also came out in January.
Today, Nvidia is forced to compete against AMD's Radeon HD 5700 series with its GeForce GTS 250, which is based on an older, larger GPU with only DirectX 10 support. In terms of raw performance in DX9 and DX10 titles, the GTS 250 1GB tends to sit roughly between the Radeon HD 5750 and 5770.