Albatron explained that since Nvidias TurboCache technology allows the GPU to render portions of the 3D graphics data into system memory, the memory burden will be reduced for the VGA card, and component costs for the graphics cards can be lowered.
Nvidia has begun delivering TurboCache-enabled GeForce 6200 chipsets fitted with either 16MB or 32MB of memory and will begin to ship the 64MB part later, said sources at Taiwan graphics card makers.
In related news, Nvidias PCIe-based GeForce 6-series products are currently the companys major growth driver for the middle-range and high-end markets, according to general manager of Nvidia Taiwan Sales, Paul Sun. Even with demand exceeding supply at present, Sun expects GPU demand will surge further through the second quarter of 2005.
A December 17 article in the Chinese-language Commercial Times, quoted sources in the channel as saying that PCIe-enabled graphics cards will become the mainstream in the second half of 2005.