Sources at graphics card makers claim NVIDIA will release the mid-range D9P (G94) GPU in February. This graphics card will be known as the GeForce 9600 series and will cost $169. The GPU will support PureVideo Gen 2 and will have 64 stream processors.
The G94, the first mid-range GPU to feature a 256bit memory interface, is expected to pose a strong challenge to AMD's Radeon HD 3850 (RV670PRO) of the same class, the sources commented.
The sources revealed that while Nvidia's latest entry-level G98 (D8M) GPU, made at the 65nm process, has started shipping since early December, the G94 will make its debut on February 14. The G94 will also be made on a 65nm process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the sources added.
The sources previously had said Nvidia would roll out the D9P in June 2008.