A press release about Innovision's new Tornado GeForce FX 500 graphics card hit my inbox just now. The question is: What the heck is a GeForce FX 5500? We don't know yet, but it seems these guys were right about it being imminent. Innovision's press release says:
The GeForce FX5500 is the latest member of nVIDIA GeForce FX family of graphics processors. No doubt, InnoVISION Multimedia continues to bring the leading edge technology to the mainstream market with highly integrated, high performance, innovative solution and affordable price to customer.You can read the rest right here. We will try to find out more about this puppy and let you know what it is.
Inno3D Tornado GeForceFX is powered by nVIDIA CineFX engine (DirectX 9 & Vertex Shader 2.0+), High Precision (4-pixels per clock) Rendering Engine and Intellisample technology which deliver cinematic-quality effects, true 128-bit studio quality color, industry-renowned software compatibility, reliability, and stability.
Update: We have word from NVIDIA. The GeForce FX 5500 is based on the NV34 GPU, as is the GeForce FX 5200, which you can read about in our review. In the GeForce FX 5500 variant, this chip has a 128-bit memory interface with 6.4GB/s of bandwidth. The fill rate is 1.1 billion texels per second at four pixels per clock (so clock speeds should be about 275MHz.) That means this product is a minor core clock tweak of the GeForce FX 5200, still much slower than the FX 5200 Ultra. The 5500 will sell to PC makers and the like, primarily, as one might expect.
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