According to information from graphic card manufacturers, starting February 7th Nvidia will offer a 65nm high end GeForce 9 (D9E) which will support DirectX 10.1’s Shader Model 4.1. A mid-level model (D9P) engraved in 55nm will follow in June.
D9-type nomenclature will not replace the code name (Gxx) and therefore does not correspond to a specific GPU but rather the product’s positioning on the market. We should expect the D9E and D9P to be around 500€ and 200€, respectively.
While a roadmap presented last week still mentions the release of the Phenom FX in the first half of 2008, Suzy Pruitt, PR manager at AMD, has confirmed that the company will not plan on releasing a « Quad» FX octo-core platform. However, we can’t exclude the possibility that AMD will offer the Phenom FX in Socket AM2+ format and destined exclusively for mono-processor platforms.
The fact is that in the absence of quad core capable of increasing in frequency, the technological window that the Quad FX would have represented has quite simply its reason to exist. In addition, Intel has placed the bar very high with the SkullTrail and this rivalry would have been to their advantage given that the price is secondary on this type of product.
Nevertheless, those having invested in a DSDC (Dual Socket Direct Connect) motherboard will be happy to learn that AMD has said it is working on an upgrade solution which probably won’t be sold as a Phenom...