Originally posted by SurfMonkey
The number of transistors you need decreases with each additional pipeline you add.
I take it you mean per pipe?
I've had a feeling as well that some modification might have been done to enhance performance to compete with the R300, but adding two pipelines was beyond what I had suspected (and this is still completely a rumor, nothing more). I thought perhaps they had increased the memory controller from 128 to 256 bit, which would fit in with previous comments by NVIDIA as well as current rumors.
Who knows? I'm tired of guessing about it... it's still several months away.