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NVIDIA's Fermi delayed again

by Parm Mann on 10 November 2009, 11:53

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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NVIDIA reckons it will reclaim the GPU performance crown with the arrival of its GeForce 300-series products, codenamed Fermi, but it looks as though consumers may be left waiting longer than expected.

According to Chinese newspaper Digitimes, NVIDIA's next-gen GPUs won't ship until the first quarter of fiscal 2011. That gives us a window of anytime between January 26th and April 26th, 2010.

We'd expect NVIDIA to have samples on show at CES in January, but it could be months before we see products on store shelves. In the meantime, AMD will be raising the GPU performance bar with its dual-GPU ATI Radeon HD 5970 and ATI Radeon HD 5950 offerings.

On the other hand, NVIDIA's cards could be ready to roll at the end of January - roughly a year after the graphics giant introduced its GeForce GTX 295, a product that stripped AMD of the single-card performance crown some twelve months ago. Will Fermi be a case of history repeating itself? Only time will tell, but NVIDIA will need something special to outperform a dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970.



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That's Fiscal year.
So hopefully Q1 2010, but more likely Q2.
Phage
That's Fiscal year.
So hopefully Q1 2010, but more likely Q2.

What do you base this on?

I've got $50 says Fermi is available retail before Q2 2010 if you'd like to bet?
I am glad that DX11 standards werent dropped so nvidia could be on time like they did with DX10.

As it is DX10.1 was the original spec which ATI met but Nvidia couldn't so it is dropped, hence why ATI cards had DX10.1.

Will be interesting to see what these pull in gaming, I really don't care about all this GPGPU business.
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… roughly a year after the graphics giant introduced its GeForce GTX 295, a product that stripped AMD of the single-card performance crown some twelve months ago. Will Fermi be a case of history repeating itself? …
Not if the 5970 is already out by then. Let's not forget that last time round NVidia released first with the GTX280, ATI came back with good mid-range parts then the 4870 X2 to take top spot, and it wasn't until NVidia managed to cram two GPUs into a single card (originally on 2 PCBs, remember) that they managed to push past ATI.

This time round it looks like the 5970 will release around the same time as Fermi (if not before it) and NVidia will have to have done something pretty amazing to maintain their leadership…