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Company still tight on details

GPU giant NVIDIA is betting the future of the company on its GF100 graphics chips using the new Fermi architecture. The new chips started mass production last month, and are expected to be used in new video cards that will be launched around the end of February.

There still aren't a lot of specific details about the video cards that will use the new chips, but the company has just released information about the names of the first cards to use GF100 chips.

The GeForce GTX 480 will be the high end video card using the highest clocked speeds, while the GeForce GTX 470 will be a more affordable card with lower core and memory timings. Several defective CUDA cores are likely to be disabled in the GTX 470, which is going to be a big production problem for NVIDIA due to the large die size of the GF100.

NVIDIA seems to be almost entirely skipping the 300-series, with only the GeForce 310 occupying the space. That card is an OEM-only rebadge of the GeForce 210, a low-end DirectX 10.1 part.

Hopefully, this means that all cards in the 400-series will be DirectX 11 capable.

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RE: Ha! I Win! Nvidia shows stupidity again!
By akugami on 2/2/2010 5:34:33 PM , Rating: 1
Your post fails because everyone knows people are stupid. The average consumer wouldn't know the difference between DX10, DX10.1, and DX11. It is because of this reason that people are still buying nVidia cards when you could save some dollars and get an equal performing ATI card in the past year or so. Prior to that, ATI sucked for a long while.

By Omega215D on 2/2/2010 11:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
Define long while? The 9700 Pro, 3000, 4000 series cards were great bang for the buck video cards.

RE: Ha! I Win! Nvidia shows stupidity again!
By Belard on 2/4/2010 12:32:56 AM , Rating: 2
True, most people don't know much of the difference and few games actually use DX10 or DX11. For those of us who do know, it kind of makes it difficult to know what is what with constant renaming of parts.

ATI keeps it constant since the 7000 (DX7) days (mostly).

Prior to that, ATI sucked for a long while.

Huh? While the 8500 was roughly the GF3 it competed with, it wasn't until the Radeon 9000 series that ATI got serious with its drivers and more so since the 4000.

The GeForce 5000 "FX" generally sucked balls - only the 5700GT and 5900GT versions were worth anything at the end. Thus is when ATI's 9600 & 9800 cards rocked.

When the GeForce 6000~7000 series came out, ATI geneally had the faster card most of the time with the 1800s & 1900s. The 7900 was always behind a 1900 variant. Nvidia didn't have any to beat the $500+ ATI 1950XTX until the 8800GTx/s came out with about double the performance.

But during this time, ATI screwed up because their cards were only hitting the high-price points. I bought a 7600GT because its was $190 and what ATI had at that price wasn't as good.

ATI bombed with the HD 2000 series... to hot, not very fast and expensive. But with the 3600 & 3800s, they gave the 8800/8600s a good run for the money at an excellent price.

The 4800s came out weeks after the $450 / $650 GTX 260/280... causing Nvidia to do a price drop in order to compete. Sure the 4870 wasn't as fast as a GTX 280, but for $300 it was a steal in comparison.

So as of today ATI owns most of the low-end market, okay in the mid-range and dominates the top.

We'll see how the GTX 48560-whatever compares soon... but Nvidia has nothing for the low-mid range other than more re-branded products. I won't be surprised if a GTS-560 comes out and its just a re-branded GTX-260. (They may change their mind if I just gave away their plan... but I doubt Nvidia staff can read)

By jojo29 on 2/15/2010 9:50:37 AM , Rating: 2

Couldn't have put the "ATI/Nvidia War" in a nutshell better than myself...Excellent Sum do one for the AMD/Intel :)

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