Nvidia and AMD to release 40nm parts in Q2 2009

By Justin Mann on September 30, 2008, 11:54 AM
Nvidia has mentioned in the past that they are working on a 40nm manufacturing process for their GPUs, a natural upgrade from the existing 55nm parts. They haven't given many details beyond that, though now it is rumored that the first 40nm parts will begin making their way out of factory doors during the middle of next year.

Whether or not they will beat AMD to that mark isn't clear. AMD's RV870 chip, which will be a 40nm part, is also scheduled to come out around the same time roughly Q2 of 2009. Cards from both companies will see the obvious reduction in power consumption, so the real question is which company will produce the faster card. At the moment, it seems like AMD will because Nvidia is apparently going to be using their existing G92 architecture to manufacture 40nm parts.

Given that the existing Radeon parts are doing well to beat the G92, things are not looking up for Nvidia.

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fullmetalvegan said:
The latest Radeon parts aren't actually 'doing well to beat G92'; a lot of benchmarks have the GTX+ and GTX 260/280 beating the current Radeon lineup comfortably. The only ground in which Radeon can make distance between is with AA on full, and that's just a waste of time having on anyway.With recent price drops, NVIDIA match their equivalent Radeon counterpart and beat them in FPS, so no way will I be switching to ATi cards anytime soon. I had a HD4850 not so long ago to see what the hype was avbout, completely terrible drivers on a 64-bit system, and the way Catalyst controls dual monitors is a nightmare.No thanks, I still back NVIDIA, my GTX+ delivers better performance, stability and dual monitor control than my 4850 did for the same price. Not to mention I've attached a custom heatsink to it for overclocking and now it absolute shatters the 4850's performance.A G92 chipset on 40nm might look to still beat the current Radeon lineup in 40nm, G92 already generates considerably lower heat than the 48xx series. 40nm will not Radeon much in terms of heat reudction because they already run at 60 celcius plus, meaning they don't have much spare room to push the card further.On the flipside, seeing as G92 already performs well for low heat, 40nm can only mean they can push it much, much further than 48xx can and deliver potentially greater FPS performance.Looking forward to new 40nm NVIDIA cards.
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