|TNT to Titanium. NVIDIA has been on a 6 month card cycle since the fall 1998 series of cards, the TNT (TwiN Texel). Every 6 months, or so, NVIDIA launches a new series of cards that change the way we define performance for the pricepoint. Fall 1998 saw the launch of the TNT, Spring of 1999 (about 7 months later) saw the release of the higher clocked TNT2. The Fall 1999 part was the GeForce, where NVIDIA slightly deviated from their release schedule.|
The GeForce was the first videocard for the consumer segment with Hardware Transformation and Lighting capabilities. With the ability to offload some of the transformation calculations, the GeForce was a revolutionary card for the home market. It's "refresh part" was the GeForce2 GTS which added a second texture unit per pixel pipeline and the NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer.
NVIDIA released a fall part in the year 2000 called the GeForce2 Ultra and a mainstream part for called the GeForce2 Pro. Boasting 64MB of 460mhz DDR, the GeForce2 Ultra was the fastest available videocard when it was launched and in some cases is faster than the current king of cards, the GeForce3. But NVIDIA doesn't stand still. They keep, more or less, a steady 6-9 month cycle of releasing new cards.
February of 2001 saw the announcement of the GeForce3 series of cards. Boasting Programmable Pixel and Vertex Shaders, a new form of anti-aliasing and many other new features, including a crossbar memory controller, the GeForce3 actually had less pure fillrate than the GeForce2 Ultra 1.6 gigatexels/second versus 2 gigatexels for the GeForce2 Ultra. In reality, the GeForce3, because of it's "LightSpeed Memory Architecture" is in most cases faster than a GeForce2 Ultra.
The Titanium series will come in 3 flavors, the GeForce3 Ti500 (their flagship card), the GeForce3 Ti200 (a lower speed lower clocked GeForce3) and the GeForce2 Ti (an GeForce2 that has been higher clocked but with a much lower price..
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