February 12, 2010

Nvidia names Fermi GF100 GPU

Based on the new GPU chip Nvidia will skip the 300 range of mod­el num­bers and start the new Fer­mi cards at the 400 lev­el.  The names of the 1st 2 new GPU’s to be released are GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470.  Ship­ping date will we the 1st quar­ter of this year, mean­ing the end of March would be the lat­est date.  This is going also to be Nvidia’s 1st chip to sup­port Direc­tX 11.  We do not know how the price of these is going to look, but for sure it will be ridicu­lous­ly high.  Some cool info, that may jus­ti­fy the price, they are expect­ed to come with 1.5GB of mem­o­ry with 3GB to 6GB ver­sions to be made avail­able labeled under the Quadro and Tes­la ver­sions.  These new GPU’s are expect­ed to be 400% faster than pre­vi­ous Nvidia chips in dou­ble-pre­ci­sion float­ing point oper­a­tions.
I am won­der­ing if the Fer­mi name comes from Enri­co Fer­mi who was a US cit­i­zen from Italy that was a physi­cist that is know for his work on the world’s 1st nuclear reac­tor and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938 for his work on induced radioac­tiv­i­ty.  FYI he was also involved in the Man­hat­tan Project, which was the code­name for the project dur­ing WWII that devel­oped the first atom­ic bomb.


  1. PimpmasterF - February 14, 2010 5:27 pm

    I would totaly buy one of these but like death­proof said the price is like­ly to be damned high, my bud­get is only 600 which includes a new PSU so a sec­ond GTX285 for SLI it is for me 🙂

  2. Socco - February 15, 2010 2:08 am

    Inter­est­ing, I‘ll quote it on my site lat­er.
    Thank you


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