I had previously posted about Nvidia’s plans of launching the Fermi Tesla based DirectX 11 cards and they were supposed to be named GTX 480 and GTX 470.Now officially Nvidia have released the monsters to combat their Graphics counterpart ATI which have the best card in the world namely 5970, besides they have also have the medium performance based ones like 5850 and 5870 and passively cooled Radeon HD 5450 available for less than $50.NVIDIA was struggling to prepare its first DX11 part. The company previewed its Fermi architecture in October, but details have been few as the manufacturing problems and yield issues at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company still plague NVIDIA’s 40nm process.
The first Graphics Fermi 100 (GF100) chips started production in January, but it wasn’t until February that we learned that they would be sold under the GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 monikers. Some specifications finally showed up last week but now the details are clear.Let me give more info on it.480 CUDA cores, 700 MHz graphics and 1,401MHz processor clock speeds, plus 1.5GB of onboard GDDR5 memory running at 1,848MHz (for a 3.7GHz effective data rate).Those are the specs upon which Fermi is built, and those are the numbers that will seek to justify a $499 price tag and a spectacular 250W TDP.GTX 470 on the other hand will come with a humbler 1.2GB of memory plus 607MHz, 1,215MHz and 1,674MHz clocks, while dinging your wallet for $349 and straining your case’s cooling with 215W of hotness.
Somewhat surprising is the lack of support for DisplayPort, the next-generation computer display standard set to replace VGA and DVI for desktops and laptops. NVIDIA states that the GF100 supports DisplayPort, but it will be up to its board partners to support it in their own designs.Instead, the reference design has two Dual-link DVI ports and an almost useless mini-HDMI port. NVIDIA is keen to tout its three interfaces and support for its 3D Vision Surround technology, but users who wish to use more than two monitors at the same time will be required to use a second card. This contrasts strongly with ATI’s Eyefinity technology present on all 5000 series cards, which support the use of three monitors at the same time using a single video card.
The most saddest part is readers should not expect volume availability until the week of April 12. There are supposed to be “tens of thousands” of GF100 cards at launch, but production is slow since all of the cards that will be sold during the launch are reference boards built by NVIDIA.Check out more pictures from Engadget gallery.Nvidia really needs to improve the power consumption and heat part else ATI’s 6 series is going to blow them.This seems like a power hungry monster but could get your power costs on a roll. I’ ll post once i get more info.
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