NVIDIA Names GTX 480, GTX 470 as First GF100 Video Cards
February 2, 2010 10:35 AM
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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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Please don't tell me they'll rename G92 yet again!
2/2/2010 11:15:17 PM
I think the reason they're using 4x0 for the Fermi cards is that they want to reserve 3x0 for 40nm G92 and GT200 chips. So, if that's true, G92 would span 4 series of graphic cards. Nvidia's engineers have all my respect, but their marketing departments and CEO are a disgrace.
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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