SemiAccurate reports that Nvidia have taped out their first GF100 derivative. Unlike the norm of releasing the top product first and releasing the entry level last, Nvidia are releasing the enthusiast level GF100 first, following it up with the entry level GF108, thus opening up a major gap of mainstream and performance products.

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SemiAccurate reports that Nvidia have taped out their first GF100
derivative. Unlike the norm of releasing the top product first and
releasing the entry level last, Nvidia are releasing the enthusiast
level GF100 first, following it up with the entry level GF108, thus
opening up a major gap of mainstream and performance products.

We can expect the GF108 based products to be branded Geforce 400. Of course, it is far too early to speculate on specifications, but 1 of Fermi’s SMs is likely, giving 32 Fermi shaders (or CUDA Cores).

SemiAccurate expects the GF108 based Geforce to hit retail July, at the earliest, but more realistically, late July or early August.

The GF108 is likely to be competing at the $50-75 entry level, with ATI’s Radeon HD 5400/5500. This leaves as large a gap as possible to the Geforce GTX 470, which is rumoured for a price anywhere between $350-$450.

As expected, we can expect GF104 and GF106 products to fill up Nvidia’s 400 series product line-up, but it is unknown as to when this will happen.

In the short term, we can look to the near future for complete details on Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 470/480 products, as well as availability patterns.

Reference: SemiAccurate