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GeForce 9800 Taped Out?

GeForce 9800 Taped Out?

While there are no details on exactly what the new GeForce 9800 series is going to bring to the party in terms of features and performance, the word has come down that the first chips have now officially taped out.

The 9800 isn't the only chip that's allegedly taped out, but sadly there isn't much in the way of details on what else has come back.  Do note that just because a chip has taped out doesn't neccesarily mean that it is ready for production as there could be further revisions to do anything from add features/performance to resolve potential functionality issues.
“Knowing Graphzilla's brilliant record of accomplishment and 100 day "tape-out to retail shelf" policy, the new GeForce should debut in late October or early November. However, our sources told us that company is now devoting key time to fixing problems with the existing GeForce 8000 series of cards, caused by "buggy chips", as one source put it. This might impair the performance of initial drivers.”
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As usual, take any rumors with a very large grain of salt.

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To me it seems a bit odd that we never truly saw a product refresh for the 8000 series. It'd be one thing if AMD was really pushing NVIDIA hard and they just wanted to get a new technology out the door ASAP, but that clearly isn't the case at present. I can't help but wonder if the source didn't transpose the numbers and mean to write about the 8900.

Or it could be that NVIDIA will have a long time to perfect their next generation product, or that they truly will not have a full blown refresh. Maybe this time we'll count the Ultra as the refresh?

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