Nvidia has earned its reputation for producing the fastest 3D graphics technology around by setting a brutal pace, traditionally releasing new products every six or nine months. In an industry where development costs are so high, and products are often judged on the basis of unforgiving performance tests, timing is everything. Nvidia hasn’t been as lucky this time around. Early in the GeForce FX’s development process, the company’s chip designers bet on a cutting-edge technology, the dense .13-micron manufacturing process, that would let them produce a chip that’s twice as complex and twice as fast as last year’s GeForce 4. But manufacturing delays plagued the GeForce FX, and instead of coming out last fall as was originally planned, final graphics cards are now planned to hit shelves in late February or early March.