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 2560x1600
Max­i­mum VGA Res­o­lu­tion 2048x1536
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:: /
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 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 »>
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.








  1. thsoundman - March 27, 2010 9:55 am

    Not sure I’m a fan of this… the per­for­mance gains aren’t good enough to get me excit­ed about it. Espe­cial­ly not for the price diffrence. Yes it’s 10 — 20 % faster on the aver­age but thats to be expect­ed when it’s 200+ more expen­sive. The only way this would excite me is if it was the same price as the 5870. I feel they are try­ing to com­pete with the 5870 well of course it’s going to be faster. What they should be com­par­ing it to is the 5970. It would be like me buy­ing a 5970 and a 5870 and say­ing hey guys look the 5970 is faster… well duh it cost 200 dol­lars more it should be faster.

  2. PimpmasterF - March 27, 2010 5:11 pm

    I agree, if it were priced even $50 more than the 5870 I would maybe be sor­ry I did­nt wait for it but at $100 more for very min­i­mal gains and not to men­tion the fact that with the issues they had get­ting it out itll like­ly have an array of issues for the first few months so I just cant be as excit­ed about it as I have been in the past for new Nvidia cards. I also think that ATI has come a long way since the AMD take over and that AMD/ATI is more gamer ori­ent­ed then Nvidia is these days.

  3. DeathProof - March 27, 2010 8:24 pm

    Wut u guys are say­ing is right, but I sure would­n’t turn one down if some­one gave me one 🙂

  4. PimpmasterF - March 28, 2010 2:09 am

    Oh hell no! nei­ther would I but I dont think I would speen 500+ on it either when the 5870 is up to par for 100+ less

  5. mrp00n - March 28, 2010 3:14 pm

    This thing will melt my house.


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