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Nvidia Corp. on Wednesday displayed the first photo of its next-generation flagship graphics card based on the Fermi-GF100 (also known as NV60, G300, GT300) graphics processing unit (GPU). The graphics board seems to be complete antipode to the prototype/dummy board the company demonstrated two months ago.

The first image of the next-generation Nvidia GeForce graphics card shows a working board rendering the already well-known Unigine Heaven DirectX 11 benchmark. The photo was published in Nvidia’s blog on Facebook, thus, may be considered as the first official picture of the Fermi-GF100 graphics card. It is noteworthy that the first relatively public demonstration of Nvidia’s DirectX 11 GPU happens over five months later than the arch-rival ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, showcased its Radeon HD 5800 chip in action at Computex Taipei 2009 in early June.

The new adapter itself is very long – over 27 centimeters (GeForce GTX 285 – 26.7cm, Radeon HD 4870 – 24.13cm, Radeon HD 5870 – 28.2cm) – and it features 8-pin + 6-pin PCIe power connectors, which implies that the GeForce Fermi-GF100 is rather power hungry, something not exactly surprising considering the fact that the GPU consists of over three billion of transistors. Earlier this year Nvidia demonstrated what it called “a prototype” of its Fermi graphics card, which seems to be short and featured only two 6-pin power connectors. Later on it was revealed that during the demo Nvidia only used a dummy non-working sample.

A good news is that Unigine Heaven benchmark does not seem to produce major artifacts with the current version of Nvidia’s drivers for the new breed of graphics cards. Unfortunately, the fact that a benchmark can be rendered on a graphics card does not give any clue regarding actual performance of the GPU that powers that card.

The flagship Fermi graphics processor will feature 512 stream processing engines (which are organized as 16 streaming multi-processors with 32 cores in each) that support a type of multi-threading technology to maximize utilization of cores. Each stream processor has a fully pipelined integer arithmetic logic unit (ALU) and floating point unit (FPU). The top-of-the-range chip contains 3 billion of transistors, features 384-bit memory GDDR5 memory controller with ECC and features rather unprecedented 768KB unified level-two cache as well as rather complex cache hierarchy in general. Naturally, the Fermi family is compatible with DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.x and OpenCL 1.x application programming interfaces (APIs). The new chips will be made using 40nm process technology at TSMC.

Chief executive of Nvidia said it would ramp up production of Fermi-GF100 graphics processor in Q1 of its fiscal 2011. Nvidia’s first quarter of fiscal year 2011 begins on the 26th of January and ends on the 26th of April, 2010.

Tags: Nvidia, Fermi, GF100, GT300, NV60, Geforce, 40nm

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Desperate nVIDIA ... Trying to do anything to convince a few undecided buyer to wait for the "holly grail" called Fermi . Oh come on dudes ... After parading a mock-up and saying it was only a mock-up some days later after the Radeon 5870 Reviews frenzy was cooling down, no unofficial info from nVIDIA has any credibility. Ok, ok ... it's an interesting architecture. We'll buy it when it hits the shops. But, for now, enough FUD.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 11/19/09 01:16:19 AM]
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Niiice. Now all we could do is wait three more month for this item show limited top-notch edition and limited availability in dedicated it shops. Mainstream parts will be available later in dedicated time :rofl: ... much later after all that gt200b rebranding show it's prime.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 11/19/09 06:08:50 AM]
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*blinks* ... I think this is the first time I've ever seen Xbit labs cover a faked setup as a factual event.
0 0 [Posted by: Saist  | Date: 11/19/09 02:41:37 PM]
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We covered Nvidia questionable items back in 2003.
Problem is whether we like certain issues as a company or not
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/20/09 10:42:35 PM]
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mmm r u sure that it wasn't ati 5770 behind the shroud ?
0 0 [Posted by: ibmas400  | Date: 11/19/09 05:23:10 PM]
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The 5770 isn't that long nor does it have an 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe connector.
0 0 [Posted by: JonMCC33  | Date: 11/23/09 06:09:28 AM]
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mmm...you are rite, may be it was 5770++ .
0 0 [Posted by: ibmas400  | Date: 11/23/09 11:55:47 PM]
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"mmm r u sure that it wasn't ati 5770 behind the shroud ?"

MUHahaaha nice one ibmas400, going by NV's current reputation (what little they have left) that would not surprise me one little bit
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 11/20/09 12:48:41 AM]
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I fully expect that the card pictured isn't exactly operational. I suspect it probably is the form factor, PCB, and heatsink design Fermi will carry if Nvidia is able to ship the card. However, what many people will point out is that there's a second system visible in the upper portion of the photo and a sound card is blocking the view of the graphics card. The position of the cables also seems to indicate that the upper system is the one that is actively hooked up (take a good look at the grey cables).

Given that Nvidia has as of yet, as I understand it, failed to show investors that Fermi works in the likes of an Ikos box or other hardware gate simulation device, I'd question whether or not Fermi is actually complete.

The only way I would put any weight behind what Nvidia is doing with fermi is if they sent a card to the Nouveau developers. http://nouveau.freedeskto...3b8604f552e9f2da14c4b993f
0 0 [Posted by: Saist  | Date: 11/21/09 08:17:51 AM]
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