Nvidia has earned its reputation for producing the fastest 3D graphics technology around by setting a brutal pace, traditionally releasing new products every six or nine months. The company hasn't been as lucky this time around. Early in the GeForce FX's development process, the company's chip designers bet on a cutting-edge technology, the dense 0.13-micron manufacturing process, that would let them produce a chip that's twice as complex and twice as fast as last year's GeForce4. But manufacturing delays plagued the GeForce FX, and instead of coming out last fall as was originally planned, final graphics cards are now slated to hit shelves in late February or early March.
The GeForce FX has a lot of potential. The specs released at the product's unveiling last November were quite impressive. The fastest of Nvidia's new cards, officially called the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra, is clocked to incredible speeds: 500MHz for the core chip and 500MHz (1GHz effective) for the double-data rate 2 (DDR2) memory. And it has next-generation features that go beyond even the basic requirements for full Microsoft DirectX 9 support.
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