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GeForce 9800 GTX+ features a 55nm chip

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Posted June 20, 2008 by admin in News

Handfuls of pictures are also included in the link above.

By my crude measurements, the 55nm die is 15.2mm high, or 231 mm^2 in comparison to the 65nm G92’s die area of 324mm^2 – a savings of approximately 40%.

So that seems pretty complete for a pictorial guideline, right? The real question you might be asking is why would NVIDIA NOT want to push the point home about the 9800 GTX+ being a 55nm part? Obviously there are some advantages to it: lower power, less heat, faster clocks (obviously).

My guess is that the marketing team at Big Green didn’t want to one-up the recently released GT200 parts – some people might assume that singe it was built on the 65nm process while the new 9800 GTX+ is on the 55nm, that the GT200 would be inferior in some way. As we saw in our performance review of the GeForce GTX 280/260 cards, that’s obviously not the case but I can see how some readers might make that conclusion.

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