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UPDATE: Specifications of the GeForce GTX 480 originally posted in the news-story appeared to be incorrect. The GeForce GTX 480 will only have 480 stream processors.

Although much is known about Nvidia Corp.’s next-generation architecture code-named Fermi, there are still a few pieces missing from the puzzle, including performance of GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards, their pricing and their specifications. A web-site claims that it has obtained information about pricing and specifications of the forthcoming products.

Rather surprisingly,, the GeForce GTX 480 graphics board will carry the GF100 graphics chip clocked at 700MHz with only 480 stream processors (down from 512 originally promised by Nvidia) operating at 1400MHz, will carry 1536MB of GDDR5 memory connected using 384-bit bus and will have 295W thermal design power (TDP). The more affordable version of Fermi – the GeForce GTX 470 – will feature graphics processing unit (GPU) with 448 stream processors (607MHz/1215MHz), will feature 1280MB of GDDR5 memory connected using 320-bit memory bus and will also sport 225W thermal envelope.

According to VR-Zone web-site, the GeForce GTX 480 will have manufacturer suggested retail price of $499, whereas the GeForce GTX 470 will cost $349.

It is a huge surprise that Nvidia decided to install a cut-down version of the code-named GF100 chip (NV60, GT300, G300) onto its flagship GeForce GTX 480 graphics board. Nvidia has been claiming that its high-end Fermi chip has 512 stream processors for about half a year now, but it looks like such chip appears to be very hard to manufacture and power hungry. Late last year Nvidia cut-down the amount of stream processors on Tesla C2050 and S2070 computing processor boards to 448, which was the first official indicator that there are issues with fully fledged GF100 chips with 512 stream processors.

Performance of the new GeForce GTX 400-series graphics cards is not known. However, TDPs of the novelties seem to be rather mind-blowing: the higher-performance graphics card has thermal envelope similar to that of dual-chip ATI Radeon HD 5970, whereas the more affordable board consumes 37W more power than the ATI Radeon HD 5870. For the sake of truth it should be noted that the model GTX 470 is much shorter than the model HD 5870, hence, it will fit into smaller systems.

Nvidia does not comment on unreleased products. The specs come from unofficial source, so, they are subject to change.

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

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Probably the new GTX470 will have the same performance as HD5870. And this is when the price war will start.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 03/19/10 03:00:52 AM]
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the 5870 has similar performance with gtx 480 , by nvidia benchmarks themselves, have fun dreaming fanboy
0 0 [Posted by: matthmaroo  | Date: 03/19/10 04:06:18 AM]
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Fanboy? LOL. Common child, go to bed, is way over bed time. I suppose you can at least put some links to your benches, goat brain!
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 03/19/10 07:59:09 PM]
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According to nvidia's (internal) benchmarks the GTX470 is 5-10% faster than the 5850 and "Similar" for the 480 over the 5870.

http://vr-zone.com/articl...ricing-revealed/8635.html

What's more troubling is that the power requirements of this card are HUGE. Nearly double the 5870. That makes overclocking a likely issue.

Also: Keep in mind that these are 'Internal' benchmarks, without details, released directly from nvidia. The new Catalyst drivers improve the 5XXX series 6%-30%.

http://www.tomshardware.c...river-eyefinity,9934.html
0 0 [Posted by: aethm  | Date: 03/21/10 04:34:41 AM]
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that's a war nvidia can't win.
with a 40% larger chip its at least 40% more expensive to make, and that's before taking yield and fitting(on the wafer) issues into account.

still, it could make ATI lower its prices a bit just to retain a lead in the price/performance ratio.
0 0 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 03/23/10 03:01:23 PM]
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looks like ATI will remain king of the GPUs after all
0 0 [Posted by: matthmaroo  | Date: 03/19/10 04:12:08 AM]
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LOL. It's nothing great to celebrate for me as end customer. (It's more of sad thing) Maybe for you as bragging brat.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 03/23/10 07:01:21 PM]
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At least the core clock is upped from the GTX 285. With 2x the shader count, that means there will be more than twice the horsepower, since the GPU is running at more than just 648 MHz (the speed of GTX 285).

I do not expect it to be held back by the memory bandwidth nearly as much as a 5870, since it will have roughly 50% greater bandwidth than the previous generation. A GTX 285 still has greater bandwidth than a 5870, by the way.

The count of ROP's should also be increased by 50%, and the GTX 285 already had 32 ROP's to begin with.

So, I expect the performance to be very nice. Nvidia is probably saving as much of the thunder as they can until the launch day. At 700MHz, I just do not see why it would not be a formidable GPU even if it has only 480 shaders. My bet is on around 20% performance advantage compared to a 5870 overall. If it's more than 20%, I still win!
0 0 [Posted by: Bo_Fox  | Date: 03/19/10 06:06:19 AM]
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the gtx 480 and the 5870 have almost the same bandwidth.... 900mhz ddr5 384 bit controller vs 1300 mhz 256 bit controller http://www.techpowerup.co...ther_Details_Surface.html


Go to nvidia website the gtx 285 and the 5870 have same bandwidth dude, lol
0 0 [Posted by: matthmaroo  | Date: 03/19/10 08:34:15 AM]
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even if they get 20% more performance (and i have grave doubts about that, considering the low clock speed, and the clear advantage ATI has in terms of performance per transistor in the last generation(and nothing changed on that front).)
their chip would still be over 40% more expensive.
you might win, nvidia will still loss.
0 0 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 03/23/10 03:08:04 PM]
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Nvidia does not comment on unreleased products. The specs come from unofficial source, so, they are subject to being wrong.


There I fixed it for you. ;-)
0 0 [Posted by: sdsdv10  | Date: 03/19/10 06:29:04 AM]
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+1 for the fix.
0 0 [Posted by: taltamir  | Date: 03/19/10 03:39:14 PM]
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480 will have 512sp's
Don't know where these "480" rumors are coming from
0 0 [Posted by: Geforcepat  | Date: 03/19/10 08:02:07 AM]
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dream on fanboy
0 0 [Posted by: matthmaroo  | Date: 03/19/10 01:25:00 PM]
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What the hell is wrong with matthmaroo. Are you some kind of superior douche bag being ?
0 0 [Posted by: shadowfax  | Date: 03/19/10 05:46:24 PM]
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Just another idiot, playing smart. Nothing to see here, move along....
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 03/19/10 08:01:23 PM]
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According to nvidia's (internal) benchmarks the GTX470 is 5-10% faster than the 5850 and "Similar" for the 480 over the 5870.

http://vr-zone.com/articl...ricing-revealed/8635.html

What's more troubling is that the power requirements of this card are HUGE. Nearly double the 5870. That makes overclocking a likely issue.

Also: Keep in mind that these are 'Internal' benchmarks, without details, released directly from nvidia. The new Catalyst drivers improve the 5XXX series 6%-30%.

http://www.tomshardware.c...river-eyefinity,9934.html
0 0 [Posted by: aethm  | Date: 03/21/10 04:37:02 AM]
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I don't understand how someone can be a "Fan" of a piece of hardware. Brand loyalty is silly. Buy the best that you can afford, at the time you are looking to purchase, and you will be happy.
0 0 [Posted by: aethm  | Date: 03/21/10 04:43:09 AM]
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Whatever you say sir
0 0 [Posted by: Geforcepat  | Date: 03/23/10 02:03:50 PM]
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omg im definitely buying 2 gtx 480, been waiting so long
0 0 [Posted by: mrevga  | Date: 03/22/10 07:10:54 PM]
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"For the sake of truth it should be noted that the model GTX 470 is much shorter than the model HD 5870, hence, it will fit into smaller systems."

It certainly has some novelty cooling solution when they can sacrifice card space on GPU that consumes 35W or 20% more than HD5870. Or it will bee just another burning oven so that nVidia could earn some money on wasted and extremely delayed chips. After all good cooling cost a bit more and thats not good when you have poor yield product that's almost twice as hungry in silicon die space than competition ones.

Anyway, hope it'll worth these enormous 349 USD it's 100USD more than HD5850 when hit the market six month ago.

And as far cut down G300 versions. Seems they desperately need to push outer core above piss poor 600MHz so they waste one CUDA core so that chip could work on reasonably clocked 700MHz so that only 128TMUS wont be too small number against 850MHz 80TMUs on RV870/Cypress parts.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 03/23/10 06:59:19 PM]
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