In an awefully silent web-update NVIDIA today apprantly released two 40nm parts. It's introduced with such stealth that they didn't even inform technical press about it. Which makes us wonder why really ...
The two new parts are the rumored GeForce GT 220 and GeForce G210 and are to be considered the lowest of low-end, aka OEM and budget parts. The G210 will support analog VGA, DisplayPort and DVI outputs while the GT 220 has VGA, HDMI and DVI.
The GeForce G210 has 16 processor cores and a 589 MHz CPU clock speed; that's paired with 512 MB of DDR2 memory with a 64-bit interface and 500 MHz clock speed. Its shaders run at 1402 MHz. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 220, it has 48 shader processor cores and a 615 MHz clock speed, paired with 1 GB of GDDR3 memory with a 790 MHz clock and a 128-bit interface. It has a slightly slower shaders clock speed of 1335 MHz. Neither of the two cards is expected to be available directly to consumers, both offerings are marked as OEM products and meant to be entry-level options in pre-built PCs.
According to the available specifications, the new cards should provide a low-level of performance, comparable to the company's current GeForce 9400 and 9500 GPUs. Both cards will be based on a PCI-Express 2.0 interface and will also provide users with some of NVIDIA's own technology, including the support for PhysX and CUDA applications.
The cards are designed using TSMC's 40nm chips and will only be available to OEMs, mainly due to TSMC's issues with supplying the new 40nm chips.
Click the thumbnails to see a full-size quality photo.