Faster NV28/NV18 coming - but when?
nv4_disp.inf is giving us some interesting information.
Here's a part of the name list:
NVidia.Nv17.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460"
NVidia.Nv17.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440"
NVidia.Nv17.3 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420"
NVidia.Nv17GL.1 = "NVIDIA Quadro4 500/550 XGL"
NVidia.Nv17GL.2 = "NVIDIA Quadro4 200/400 NVS"
NVidia.Nv18.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X"
NVidia.Nv18.3 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440SE with AGP8X"
NVidia.Nv20 = "NVIDIA GeForce3"
NVidia.Nv20.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200"
NVidia.Nv20.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500"
NVidia.Nv20DCC = "NVIDIA Quadro DCC"
NVidia.Nv25.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600"
NVidia.Nv25.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4400"
NVidia.Nv25.3 = "NVIDIA NV25"
NVidia.Nv25.4 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200"
NVidia.Nv25GL.1 = "NVIDIA Quadro4 900 XGL"
NVidia.Nv25GL.2 = "NVIDIA Quadro4 750 XGL"
NVidia.Nv25GL.4 = "NVIDIA Quadro4 700 XGL"
NVidia.Nv28.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X"
.1 products are the fastest ones and the higher the number after the . is, the slower the core/memory.
So, let's look at the NV18/NV28 now, shall we?
NV18.1 and NV28.1 do not seem to exist.
Now, this pretty much proofs that faster NV18/NV28 will exist at a time or another. Maybe they'll be announced at the same time as the NV30, or maybe before. No one knows for sure.
However, one thing is really making me wonder...
According to that file, the MX440 is not the fastest NV18 card.
But according to an older 31.00 disp file, it was the fastest and MX420 with AGP8X did exist.
So, would nVidia have cancelled a product in last minute? Maybe the RV250 really took them by surprises or maybe one of the two disp files was bugged and nothing was cancelled.
Anyway, even if this isn't very important information, i still think it's worth mentionning.