Sources cited by Digitimes
claim that NVIDIA will launch the world's first DirectX 10-compliant graphics processing unit, codenamed G80, in mid-November.
The sources state that the the demand for the card will depend on the success of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system, because it is the only operating system capable of supporting the DirectX 10 API.
Details of the card itself are incredibly thin and NVIDIA has remained tight-lipped. However, some supposed images of a reference card popped up on Chinese website PCOnline
. The pictured card has two 6-pin PCI-Express power adapters
and one image shows an integrated watercooling solution, but the images are not verified by an official source.
Digitimes also indicated that ATI's R600 chip is not expected to appear this year. Instead, consumers will have to wait until the first quarter of 2007 before they see any kind of competition for NVIDIA's next-generation part.
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