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Nvidia Corp. said on Monday that it would officially launch its next-generation graphics cards for gamers on the 26th of March, 2010. The company is six month late with its new GeForce GTX 400-series graphics boards, however, Nvidia is confident that the novelty based on the Fermi architecture will open up new performance heights.

“The wait is almost over! The world's fastest PC graphics gaming technology will be unveiled at PAX 2010,” a statement by Nvidia reads. PAX East is a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers, which will take place from March 26 to March 28, 2010 in Boston Massachussets.

Nvidia promises that at PAX East it will not only publicly demonstrate its latest graphics technology, but also to start sales of actual GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 graphics boards, the first DirectX 11-capable products from the Santa Clara, California-based designer of graphics chips.

ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices and the arch-rival of Nvidia, initiated sales of its ATI Radeon HD 5800-series graphics cards on the 23rd of September, 2009, about six month ahead of Nvidia.

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, Geforce, Quadro, Tesla, NV60, GF100, 40nm


Comments currently: 13
Discussion started: 02/22/10 04:21:58 PM
Latest comment: 12/05/10 05:36:35 AM
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Anton Shilov, you completely misunderstood NVIDIA. They're not going to start selling these cards on March 26th, maybe in 2011 but not in 2010. Read before your write.
0 0 [Posted by: nsilva  | Date: 02/22/10 04:21:58 PM]
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I think it is YOU that needs to read again...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 02/23/10 06:18:06 AM]
"its ATI Radeon HD 5800-series graphics cards on the 23rd of September, 2010, about six month ahead of Nvidia."

typo here 23/9/10
so nvidia should release the card on 2011 6month later
0 0 [Posted by: Amir Anuar  | Date: 02/23/10 07:04:43 AM]
Hey in regards to your 2011 comment , if you talking about nvidia say fiscal year 2011 , we are already in 2011,

im sure you got confused by it, cause thats the only reason , you'd think 2011

also the president of nvida says they will have large volume production by FY = fiscal year 2011 or Q2 quarter 2 2010

0 0 [Posted by: matthmaroo  | Date: 02/23/10 07:54:23 AM]
Thanks for correction!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 02/23/10 08:45:04 AM]

SabrePC has listed GTX480 and GTX470 for pre-order $699.99 and $499.99, $50 more than 5970 and $100 more than 5870 respectively.
0 0 [Posted by: Amir Anuar  | Date: 02/22/10 05:05:28 PM]
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If true, that should give us an idea on performance. Sounds like the 5970 & 5870 have competition- just have to wait for Nvidia to trim Fermi enough to release some sub-$300 cards (where the $$'s at).
0 0 [Posted by: lh3nry  | Date: 02/23/10 07:02:34 AM]

An announcement of an announcement. We've been ready since last year.

Way to keep the hype machine going.
0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 02/23/10 10:57:08 AM]
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yes, we bore to waiting so long bro....
0 0 [Posted by: yadiborneo  | Date: 02/23/10 05:49:33 PM]
it was about time to realese it... it's great for an easter present groom wedding speech
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/05/10 05:36:35 AM]

so long waiting, but the price so high even for gtx 470
0 0 [Posted by: yadiborneo  | Date: 02/23/10 05:44:28 PM]

Should be interesting
0 0 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 02/23/10 08:47:11 PM]

Going by nV's past record you would have to be insane to buy any nV first release cards, wait for the next release

Oh and I'll bet you will find it near impossible to actually buy an GF 4** series card until the end of the year
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 02/24/10 10:58:16 PM]


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