GeForce FX appears

It looks like NVIDIA has finally take the wrapper off the GeForce FX, and previews of the new chip are popping up. On paper, the chip looks impressive, supporting new antialiasing methods, texture filtering, and claimed clock speeds around 500MHz. The GeForce FX also features greater shader flexibility than ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro, though it will probably be a while before developers start using even DirectX 9's Pixel Shader 2.0.

Despite the fact that everyone's GeForce FX preview seems to be based on the same press kit, no benchmarks have materialized, and there are still conflicting reports on the pricing and availability of the chip. The Register is reporting that cards using the chip will appear in January and cost between $400 and $500 in retail., however, has the GeForce FX hitting in February with a price tag of $360.

There at least seems to be agreement that the GeForce FX won't appear until next year, as DigiTimes is reporting that mass production of the chips won't even begin until the end of this year. With this the case, the Radeon 9700 Pro should own high-end holiday buying.

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