Nvidia is said to be planning an assault on AMD’s high-end Radeon graphics cards, with the launch of its 55nm GT200 graphics chips next month, and Expreview has posted one of the first pictures to prove it. Specifically the picture shows the model number etched on the metal as “G200-103-B2,” with the “B” supposedly indicating a 55nm shrink, whereas another code reads “0833B2” to indicate that the chip was manufactured in the 33rd week of this year (or mid-August).

In line with rumors that have been doing the rounds for some time now, Expreview claims a 55nm GeForce GTX 260 with the same specifications as the current “reloaded” card (the one with 216 shaders) will make its debut this January along with a 55nm variant of the GTX 280, and a dual-GPU GeForce GTX 260 GX2. The chip should have drastically lower power consumption and overclock better as well – hopefully we won’t have to wait much more to find that out.