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Old July 7, 2008, 08:48 PM
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Default First Look: NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 55nm Graphics Cards

Tom's Hardware Taiwan has posted a first look at the previously-postponed NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT DDR2/DDR3 graphics cards, which will now be manufactured on the 55-nanometer process.








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This is interesting...

nVidia apparently gets parts from TSMC before AMD/ATI does.

Yet somehow ATI's video cards have been a step ahead in the GPU manufacturing process.

While the 2000 and 3000-series Radeon cards have all been 55nm based, nVidia's offerings were either 80nm based (i.e. 8600GT) or 65nm based (i.e. 8800GTS). Just now we saw their first 55nm creation - the 9800GTX+.

On a similar note, TSMC has announced a delay in their shift to a 40nm process so everyone's going to feel the delay until Q1 2009.
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This is interesting...

nVidia apparently gets parts from TSMC before AMD/ATI does.

Yet somehow ATI's video cards have been a step ahead in the GPU manufacturing process.
After the NV30 disaster, NVIDIA became extremely hesitant to be the first to use cutting-edge manufacturing processes. Instead choosing to use older (but proven) higher-yield processes until the newer process has matured.
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This is interesting...

nVidia apparently gets parts from TSMC before AMD/ATI does.

Yet somehow ATI's video cards have been a step ahead in the GPU manufacturing process.

While the 2000 and 3000-series Radeon cards have all been 55nm based, nVidia's offerings were either 80nm based (i.e. 8600GT) or 65nm based (i.e. 8800GTS). Just now we saw their first 55nm creation - the 9800GTX+.

On a similar note, TSMC has announced a delay in their shift to a 40nm process so everyone's going to feel the delay until Q1 2009.
The 2900 was based on the 65nm was it not?
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The 2900 was based on the 65nm was it not?
Worse...80nm!

The HD 2400 & 2600 were the first 65nm-based models.
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With a 128-bit memory bus, these cards make little sense to even produce other than to show they can produce 55nm chips. Add to that the continuing usage of the confusing numbering system and all I see is failure. This card was relevant maybe six months ago, but now it is just silly.
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agrees with the above poster unless its like in the range of 45-90 bucks for users that want a cheapo card that juust works!
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Worse...80nm!

The HD 2400 & 2600 were the first 65nm-based models.
Ah yes you're right! Forgot about that...

That would be why there was no 2900 laptop gpu, for one.
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agrees with the above poster unless its like in the range of 45-90 bucks for users that want a cheapo card that juust works!
This card must come in around $70 or less or it is just a cash grab. Considering you can get an 8800GT for $120 and a 9600GT for $100 or so, there is no way they can charge more than $70 for it. I am willing to bet they will sell it cheaply just to get the 55nm fab process rolling strong. The real benefit would be if they have major problems with the fab size, they are just ruining cheap GPU's instead of anything high end.
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I don't understand why anyone would buy one lol
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