Continuing to raise hype about the upcoming launch of their first NV100-class hardware for the consumers, nVidia’s Twitter page posted an image of Tom Petersen, Director of Technical Marketing showing his latest baby – a Maingear SHIFT machine powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, 6 or 12GB of Kingston DDR3 memory and two GeForce GTX 300-series cards paired together in SLI mode.

Tom Petersen, Director of Technical Marketing at nVidia shows his new rig: Dual GTX380-powered Maingear SHIFT
Tom Petersen, Director of Technical Marketing at nVidia shows his new rig: presumably a Dual GTX380-powered Maingear SHIFT X58 machine

Continuing to use more codenames for one architectural part than the number of "CUDA cores", the Twitter status cited the following quote: "Fun Photo of the Week: Tom Petersen, Director of Technical Marketing at NVIDIA, proudly showing off his new Maing".
But unlike the Twitter post that was cut by the 140 character limitation, the GeForce GF100 boards aren’t longer or shorter than their predecessor  – according to nVidia, the upcoming GeForce GTX 300-series boards are identical length as their previous flagship, GeForce GTX 280 at 10.5 inch [26.7cm].

Closeup of two GF100-based cards shows there isn't a lot of room for air, but thanks to vertical positioning, should not be a thermal challenge for the system
Closeup of the two GF100-based cards shows there isn’t a lot of room for air, but thanks to vertical positioning, should not be a thermal challenge for the system

As a sidenote, there are two rumored boards, GeForce GTX 360 and GTX 380, even though nothing has been finalized yet [clocks are still being finalized at the moment]:

Rumored Comparison of two upcoming boards from nVidia

All in all, if you belong to nV camp, January can’t come soon enough. If you sit firmly in the AMD’s Radeon camp, you’ll be happy to know that AMD is also preparing an answer in the form of super-charged Radeon 5870, probably carrying the name HD 5890. This will be hot as always, and with Intel out of the picture for at least 2010 and 2011, these two giants are everything that 3D industry has.

Do note that with the release of GeForce GTX 300 series, nVidia should release a driver that enables 3D Vision on SLI systems as well.