On the heels of a rather unusual (and poorly received) announcement this morning that they'd be showing off the GTX 400 series at PAX East this year, NVIDIA has made a second and much more to-the-point announcement today.
 
The GTX 400 series will be launching March 26th.
 
And at this point that's all we know. Specifications, performance, pricing, launch quantities, etc remain to be seen. Perhaps more interesting is that this is on a Friday. We can't immediately recall a Friday GPU launch, even for a refresh part. Like everything else, the whether this has any significance remains to be seen.
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  • Exodite - Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - link

    It's unlikely nVidia would face any serious financial trouble even if Fermi were to flop. The company has deeper pockets than AMD, who's been struggling for some time, and the high-end and performance segments of discrete GPUs is probably their least important - if most visual - markets.

    The real money is in mobility chips/SoCs (Tegra), professional cards (Tesla and to an extent Quadro) and mainstream discrete chips.

    nVidia is doing very well in these markets and will continue to do so even if Fermi turns out to be less than inspiring.

    That said it would be preferable if it's at least competitive as it'd benefit us, as consumers, with the following price wars etc.

    I'm still on a 4870 myself, and doing great TBH, but I'll keep an eye on the market the coming months even if I'm unlikely to upgrade before 6k hits.
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  • michal1980 - Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - link

    i'm still on an 8800 card. thats been redone howmany times now?

    this year will be the year of new pc's in my house. doubt I'll be getting another nV card.
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  • Hauk - Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - link

    I often wonder how people can have such disdain for nVidia. At face value, it's a focused, successful company. How can someone despise them so?

    Well yesterday, I saw their dark side, the arrogant side that people have been ranting about. The global gaming community has been begging for information on Fermi for months!

    It was arrogant of nVidia to throw out a teaser then offer nothing, KNOWING the world was expecting more, anything more. We wanted pricing, release dates, benchmarks, anything! We've f&*cking waited long enough! Who the hell do you think you are?? It was either extreme arrogance, or an attempt to cover something. Perhaps the reports of an underperformer are true. Either way, a total bullshit move on nVidia's part yesterday.

    I think I know now what can drive a person to dislike a company. I had two 5870's in my basket yesterday. If it weren't for 2GB versions coming soon, I'd have grabbed them and been done wih you nVidia. I'm tired of waiting. You peeking out your door to piss on me helps very little.

    Those 2GB 5870s will be mine on release. I may be one person, but I hope you feel the sting regardless.
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  • Ahmed0 - Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - link

    Nvidia needs a mouthful of humble pie when it comes to PR.
    They have been incredibly arrogant and at times even hypocritical. Like the whole "laughabee" business.

    I do hope they can wriggle themselves out of this one for the sake of competition but they really deserve what they get from the press and fans right now.
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  • akse - Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - link

    [quote]I often wonder how people can have such disdain for nVidia. At face value, it's a focused, successful company. How can someone despise them so? [/quote]

    Maybe because the have been renaming their G92 cards for how long?:)
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  • tterremmotto - Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - link

    Well, good to see people are having problems with nvidia not based on technical issues, but on their numbering schemes for marketing. Reply
  • Targon - Friday, February 26, 2010 - link

    I think a part of the problem that some people have is the attitude that comes from some of the NVIDIA fans out there. If you look at it, you continually hear about people slamming AMD/ATI driver quality, yet at this point, the driver quality has been at LEAST as good from AMD/ATI as from NVIDIA, if not better.

    So, when people keep screaming that their preferred product is better in this way and that, even with evidence pointing to problems with their preferred product, it rubs some people the wrong way. There will always be those who prefer the underdog, but there are also those who watch what goes on and is said, and grow to dislike companies who take on a superior attitude, yet can't handle it when they make a mistake.

    You can even see this in the AMD vs. Intel comparisons. You have a LOT of people out there saying how Intel is better, yet, the only really superior products that Intel makes are the processors. Think about that for a moment, Intel chipsets are really not all that great in the budget to mid range areas, and are only acceptable in the high end. Intel graphics are pretty damned pathetic, their wireless chipsets may be very sensitive, but can drop signal at times(even with good signal strength), and so on. Basically, name an area outside of CPU and fab process technology that Intel makes a superior product. AMD may not have the best CPU and fab process technology, but from a total platform perspective, AMD really isn't doing that bad of a job, and system prices in the low to mid range reflect that.
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  • fshaharyar - Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - link

    Hey guys thought you might look at this there are stories going around and it might very reasonable and probable that fermi may not be fast with regards to ATI HD 5870 in term of perfomance just see it your self Special mention of Anand is there for his unruffled story about ATI's Fightback
    http://www.semiaccurate.com/2010/02/17/nvidias-fer...">http://www.semiaccurate.com/2010/02/17/nvidias-fer...

    just see it and decide for your self.
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  • tachi1247 - Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - link

    I would hardly consider this article unbiased. There isn't a single article on the website that has anything objective to say about nVidia. While they may have had problems that lead to delays, I highly doubt the problems are as bad as they have been made out to be. Reply
  • Sivar - Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - link

    For an always-welcome fact check on semiaccurate.com, http://charliedemerjianisadouchebag.blogspot.com">http://charliedemerjianisadouchebag.blogspot.com is available and seems fairly level-headed to me. Of course, only time will tell. Reply

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