Intel Developer Forum Spring 2004 - Day 1: Wider and Fasterby Derek Wilson on February 18, 2004 10:41 AM EST
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PCI Express Product LaunchesNVIDIA and ATI have officially begun the switch to PCI Express by launching their initial products. NVIDIA implements PCI Express via a bridge chip while ATI's solutions are native. Our ATI Roadmap article shows the lineup we can expect to see come out of ATI this year. NVIDIA launched four PCI Expressed solutions dubbed Geforce PCX:
GeForce PCX 5950
GeForce PCX 5750
GeForce PCX 5300
GeForce PCX 4300
The PCX 4300 is an iteration of NVIDIA's MX value line, the 5300 and 5750 are bridged 5200 and 5700 cards respectively.
Apparently ATI demonstrated a "next generation" GPU at a presentation they gave on Tuesday showing off 2 to 3x performance gains over their current generation cards running DX9. Of course, it was an unreleased game on unreleased hardware, we didn't get to run the benchmarks ourselves, and apparently the performance of the next gen part was just at acceptable levels.
ATI is really pushing the idea that native PCI Express gives them an advantage in things like running multiple HD streams at higher frame rates than AGP or a bridged solution allow, but again, we need hardware to test in order to verify these claims.
We will have longer meetings with both ATI and NVIDIA over the next couple days, and we will be sure to report on what learn.