|June 18 will see the release of something that, performance wise, can really be called a true successor of the G80 GeForce 8800 series cards. It's reasonable to predict that both the GeForce GTX 280 and 260 will have some top notch performance but in terms of features they will not have many additions. Built using the 65nm process, the G(T)200 chip that will be found in the new cards features more Stream Processors and updated memory interfaces but unfortunately it will not bring things that have already been offered by the competition for over 6 month now, DirectX 10.1.
Although it is debatable as to how useful the updated API is, AMD will surely have a lot more bragging rights with its Radeon HD 4800 series, which, in addition to DX 10.1 support, will even use GDDR5 memory. Going back to Nvidia it's interesting to see it planning to have the GeForce GTX 280 and 260 supporting triple-SLI, a setup that will cost well over $100) any way you cut it, with questionable results. Still, if it's performance the crowds want, then the Green Team should make please them, but so will AMD to some extent. What a cruel summer we're having this year.