Why new Geforce 200 after only 4 months? :(

Davez621

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I don't get it - why have Nvidia already released a new generation of video cards not 4 months after the 9-series went on sale in Feb?



We already have a sticky topic on this.

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Quiksilver

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The 9 series was never meant to be a next-gen product, GT200 was; and rumors were rollling around about it back then too. In fact I find the 9 series to be nothing more than a stop gap with fixes made to their g92 cores, which is why the 8800GT and 8800GTS 512 is about to be discontinued(or already is). The 9800GX2 is also about to be discontinued due to its performance being so close to the GTX 280.

In Short:
Nvidia was just being greedy and stupid. Now they're about to feel some money loss from the 4800 series performing so well.
 

Fallen Kell

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As Quiksilver said, the 9 series wasn't really a replacement set. It didn't really out-perform the 8 series. It was more efficient, and it was cheaper to make which was why they released it.
 

HOOfan 1

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Most likely because ATI has kicked it into high gear after losing so badly in the gaming performance segment for the past year.

No doubt HD4870 will give GTX 280 a run for its money so nVidia will have to soon release a die shrink with higher clocks.
 

Lonyo

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The GTX260/280 cards are aimed at a different market segment more than anything.
$300 (soon to be $200) for the 9800, and the GTX 260 comes in at $400 with the GTX 280 at $650.
They released new cards because they are aimed at the even higher end, rather than being marginal refreshes of (now) mainstream products.
 

njdevilsfan87

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Like other have noted, these are high end. The 9-series card will still battle for the mid-range market.
 

taltamir

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Originally posted by: HOOfan 1
Most likely because ATI has kicked it into high gear after losing so badly in the gaming performance segment for the past year.

No doubt HD4870 will give GTX 280 a run for its money so nVidia will have to soon release a die shrink with higher clocks.

nvidia already said that the 9800GTX is dropping to 199$ MSRP, and that they are planning to release a 55nm version of it NEXT MONTH!

For the past year or so nvidia has been rleasing a slightly better card every 2-4 months. I think this is wonderful, instead of waiting for the yearly refresh you can just get whatever is available now, knowing that parts will SLOWLY go down in price and relative power as SLIGHTLY better versions are released every few months.
 

Quiksilver

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Originally posted by: taltamir
Originally posted by: HOOfan 1
Most likely because ATI has kicked it into high gear after losing so badly in the gaming performance segment for the past year.

No doubt HD4870 will give GTX 280 a run for its money so nVidia will have to soon release a die shrink with higher clocks.

nvidia already said that the 9800GTX is dropping to 199$ MSRP, and that they are planning to release a 55nm version of it NEXT MONTH!

For the past year or so nvidia has been rleasing a slightly better card every 2-4 months. I think this is wonderful, instead of waiting for the yearly refresh you can just get whatever is available now, knowing that parts will SLOWLY go down in price and relative power as SLIGHTLY better versions are released every few months.

I rather have those yearly re-hashed cards(eg. 7900 > 7950), it made for an easier naming scheme, now a single typo can mean a whole different card.
 

extra

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The 9xxxx series was just nvidia's marketing department being morons and/or trying to mislead consumers. Nothing more, nothing less. The 9000 series should have been released as 8900's or something instead. It made things confusing for consumers heh.
 

Bateluer

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Originally posted by: extra
The 9xxxx series was just nvidia's marketing department being morons and/or trying to mislead consumers. Nothing more, nothing less. The 9000 series should have been released as 8900's or something instead. It made things confusing for consumers heh.

AMD really fixed ATI's naming schemes, Nvidia should take a page from their playbook and fix their conventions.