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Nvidia Corp. first demonstrated its code-named GF100 (NV60, G300, GT300, etc) graphics processing units (GPU) based on Fermi architecture over three months ago. Since the product is still not released, it is not a surprise that there are loads of speculations about performance of the next-generation GeForce. According to a representative at Nvidia, the company is happy about performance of the novelty.

“We expect [Fermi] to be the fastest GPU in every single segment. The performance numbers that we have [obtained] internally just [confirms] that. So, we are happy about this and are just finalizing everything on the driver side,” said Luciano Alibrandi, the head of Nvidia public relations department in EMEAI region, in an interview with DonanimHaber web-site. 

It was untraditional for Nvidia to demonstrate capabilities of its forthcoming graphics card months ahead of actual release. It is generally believed that Nvidia showed off its Fermi product in late September in an attempt to slowdown sales of its arch-rival ATI’s DirectX 11 graphics processors. The company yet has to show performance numbers of its next-gen graphics products. However, according to Mr. Alibrandi, the company is not only working hard on the new chip itself, but is also developing “perfect” drivers in an attempt to provide ultimate experience for the end-user.

“We just want to make sure it is as perfect as we want it to be in both graphics and computing [performance and quality],” said Mr. Alibrandi.

To date, Nvidia has demonstrated its next-generation GeForce GF100 graphics card rendering a DirectX 11 benchmark and working in multi-GPU SLI mode.

The chief of Nvidia’s public relations department in EMEAI did not reveal when exactly Nvidia plans to launch its GF100 GPU for consumers. The only official comment on the matter was made by the company’s chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang, who said that production of the GF100 would be ramped only in Q1 FY2011. Nvidia’s first quarter of fiscal year 2011 begins on the 26th of January and ends on the 26th of April, 2010.

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.

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


Comments currently: 11
Discussion started: 12/26/09 02:53:53 PM
Latest comment: 01/08/10 05:48:51 AM
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wood screws do not a graphics card make
0 0 [Posted by: wood screws  | Date: 12/26/09 02:53:53 PM]

I really hope "fermi" is competitive and that we can see some price wars between ATI/AMD and Nvidia.
0 0 [Posted by: zaratustra06  | Date: 12/26/09 03:44:19 PM]

yea price wars
0 0 [Posted by: 3Dkiller  | Date: 12/26/09 09:32:15 PM]


That's what we need right now.

COMPETITION in the market

Bring on lower price high-end GPU
0 0 [Posted by: biasasaja  | Date: 12/27/09 09:18:55 AM]
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I don't think that nVIDIA's DX11 graphics card will be lower priced than ATi's DX11 solutions by any means. They have never been lower priced than what ATi has made available. Most likely they will charge a premium. ATi will still lower their prices to undercut nVIDIA though.
0 0 [Posted by: JonMCC33  | Date: 12/27/09 10:31:18 AM]

Judging by the history of nVidia and how they have handle architectures (NV30 anyone?), pricing schemes (horrendous prices when the GTX200s first came out compared to the HD4000 series), TWIMTBP crap (god I hate that nvidia program and I just wish AMD could provide more developer support), closed off CUDA and PhysX, and general idiotic comments from no-eyebrow man (can of whoopass!); it will be a bloody miracle for Fermi to be fully competitive on a price/performance/watt with the HD5000s and any refreshes that AMD will do in 2010/11 with their lineup.

I'm all for competition, its just that I have a feeling that nvidia is very closing of screwing it all up again.

0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 12/27/09 12:35:20 PM]

It won’t be in mass release till March, till then AMD would have made their fortunes. AMD needs to bring out killer Mobile gpu’s.
0 0 [Posted by: Ibnsina  | Date: 12/28/09 06:18:22 AM]

Agreed. nVidia has been pushing very hard and very good products for the mobile market (although rebrands, the 9400 and their mobile GTX series don't disappoint in my view). AMD does have decent products but they can absolutely do better.
0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 12/28/09 09:29:11 AM]

ATI Is Happy With Sales of GeForce GF100 “Fermi” Graphics Card.
0 0 [Posted by: john_gre  | Date: 12/29/09 12:09:34 AM]
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0 0 [Posted by: ibmas400  | Date: 01/03/10 06:29:07 PM]

Bunch of bullshit at high price is what nVidia sales. And they're good at that. An seems ATi looks for the same fraudulent scheme too.

Seem no one here at xbit pass out the news that 2010 is AMD's year (not ATi year) just like 2009 nVidia was CUDA GF100 year. AMD's only going to release Buldozer core and we'll probably wont see any of die shrinks from GF in HD5000 series and HD6000 only came out as soon as Q1 2011 or later if you ask AMD. .... We could be disappointed with them just as much as we're with GF100, ii at least expect 32nm die shrink of RV750 or so something that will fill out huge hole between 1600SPs and 800SP in RV740/Juniper 1280 SPs would suit fine for mainstream card that would replace current HD5770 refreshment that's nothing more than HD4870 with DX11 support
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 01/08/10 05:48:51 AM]


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