GeForce3 Ultra and MX on the horizon
As can be learned from a current roadmap from Asus, nVidia will bring various offshoots onto the market for the GeForce3, as well as for the predecessor chip. In this roadmap shown on the occasion of Computex, two new Asus graphics cards with two new nVidia chips appear.
Already in the In the third quarter of 2001, Asus wants to offer a V8100 graphics card with the chip under the code name NV17. This chip, which will most likely carry the sales name GeForce3 MX, can, like the GeForce2 MX, only use two, instead of four, rendering pipelines, otherwise it is identical to the original in terms of functionality. However, one should not forget that the GeForce3 MX will also offer nVidia's dual monitor support, called TwinView. A far more interesting map on the roadmap, on the other hand, is the Asus V8500, which will be based on the NV25. This graphics chip is traded as the GeForce3 Ultra and should appear early next year. It is to be manufactured in 0.13 µm, which means that chip frequencies of 300MHz should be possible. If you keep in mind that many companies still use significantly slow main processors, the clock rates of current graphics chips are quite impressive, which should be mentioned at this point. Finally, it should be noted that the NV25, aka GeForce3 Ultra, will supposedly offer an improved vertex shader.