Sources at Taiwanese graphics cards makers told DigiTimes that NVIDIA is planning to roll out 55nm GeForce 9500 GT GPUs in the fourth quarter of this year. These chips will be cheaper, use less power and will make it easier for add-in board makers to create passively-cooled graphics cards.
Nvidia recently launched the 65nm GeForce 9500 GT targeting the entry-level market. The GPU features 32 stream processors, 16 texture filtering units, 16 texture addressing units and eight render output units. The GPU will also includes improved Nvidia PureVideo technology supporting VC-1 hardware decoding.
Two reference boards are available using the 9500 GT GPU, the G96P727 with 1GHz GDDR2 memory and four layer PCB and the G96P729 with 1.6GHz GDDR3 memory and six layer PCB, noted the sources.
The 9500 GT will replace current 8600 GT products with its price set around US$65-75. The cards main competitor will be AMD's ATI Radeon HD 3650.