March 26, 2010

The wait is over, Nvidia Fermi finally released

As many of you may already know Nvidia’s new Fermi series card released today, Their only 6 months late to the party, was it worth the wait? First lets look at the specs:    ***Specs copy and pasted from Nvidia web site***

GTX 480:

CUDA Cores 480
Graphics Clock (MHz) 700 MHz
Processor Clock (MHz) 1401 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 42
Memory Clock (MHz) 1848
Standard Memory Config 1536 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 384-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 177.4
NVIDIA SLI®-ready* 2-way/3-Way
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready yes
NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready*** yes
NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology** HD
NVIDIA PhysX™-ready yes
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology yes
Microsoft DirectX 11
OpenGL 3.2
Bus Support PCI-E 2.0 x 16
Certified for Windows 7 yes
Maximum Digital Resolution 2560×1600
Maximum VGA Resolution 2048×1536
Standard Display Connectors Mini HDMI
Two Dual Link DVI
Multi Monitor yes
HDCP yes
HDMI yes
Audio Input for HDMI Internal
Height 4.376 inches (111 mm)
Length 10.5 inches (267 mm)
Width Dual-slot
Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 105  C
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 250  W
Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 600  W
Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin & 8-pin

GTX 470:  ***again specs copy and pasted from Nvidia website*** Also There is less info cuz Im only posting the differences, anything not posted is the same as the GTX  480

CUDA Cores 448
Graphics Clock (MHz) 607 MHz
Processor Clock (MHz) 1215 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 34.0
Memory Clock (MHz) 1674
Standard Memory Config 1280 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 320-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 133.9
Height 4.376 inches (111 mm)
Length 9.5 inches (241 mm)
Width Dual-slot
Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 105  C
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 215  W
Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 550  W
Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin x2

::SOURCE:: http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_480_us.html / http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_470_us.html

Now as I said Nvidia is roughly 6mo late to the party and unfortunately todays release was only a paper release and  it will be another 2 1/2 weeks before a physical card is actually available to the public, retailers are expected to get cards in during the week of April 12th. The good news is that the GTX 480 will cost $100 less than expected at $499-530 and the GTX 470 will be $350-380 ( priceing taken from Newegg.com) So the cost is fairly competative which is a plus and lastly Nvidia seems to have adressed the SLI scaling issues some people were having with an end result that is said to scale better than ATI Crossfire. Ill end it here with some bench screens. For the full review I skimmed over heres the link >>> http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3783&p=1

One thing I noticed looking over some bench results was that the GTX 480 really doesnt kick as much ass as I had expected and the HD 5870 remains the card with the best bang for buck. Another thing to note is the temps, the 480 idles at a reasonable 51c and under load gets up to a whopping 94c so be sure youve got decent cooling in your case should you pick one of these cards up, Also make sure you have a quality PSU as idle it draws 190w and under load draws up to 479w and up to 851w SLI, as of now it is the most power hungry card on the market.







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