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NVIDIA gives us a rundown of GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) features

by Tarinder Sandhu on 2 March 2010, 23:43


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NVIDIA has been drumming up support for its GeForce GTX 480 GPU - aka Fermi - during this year's CeBIT trade show.

Hoping to create an atmosphere of febrile anticipation, especially amongst the press, NVIDIA gave HEXUS a tour of its demo room.

Filled with machines housing at least a single GeForce GTX 480, NVIDIA's Tom Petersen offered his view on why he (NVIDIA) thinks that the new card will be a good fit for the high-performance user.

What NVIDIA doesn't tell you is that the present GeForce 200-series will run most of the demonstrations. Being fair, the new card packs in DX11-based hardware tessellation and faster computation when concurrently running general rendering and PhysX, helping boost performance over and above what the sheer horsepower of the GPU will provide.

GeForce GTX 480 will be a decent GPU, we have little doubt of that. What we will need to determine on March 26 is whether the new technology is worth the estimated £450 etail price for the range-topping model.

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All well and good but we want hard numbers!

The hair was nice though.
Agreed - the hair modelling was very nicely done :)
£450? Is it just me or is there just no justification for this at the moment. Where are the games that require the kind of horsepower that a £450 card (hopefully) has? Presumably there's people with 30" monitors that will benefit, but surely they are targeting a tiny proportion of the PC gaming market, let alone the overall gaming market? Obviously the lack of graphically taxing games can't be heaped just on nvidia's shoulders, but it does make me wonder whether TWIMTBP is aimed more at undermining ATI rather than pushing PC gaming forward… I guess Nvidia must be confident of making a lot from the non-graphics market with the CUDA type stuff.

I should say that I'm taking a selfish view here as I can't see the fermi launch benefiting me in the slightest. I can't see it will put any pressure on ATI to reduce their prices on their high range cards, let alone the mid-range stuff that I am more likely to buy. At this rate, I'll probably sit out the current ATI generation and wait for the 6xxx's or possibly the mid-range fermi derivatives, both of which will probably arrive at roughly the same time!

I think it says something that the main reason I want to replace my old 8800gt is to get a card with a quieter fan.
but surely they are targeting a tiny proportion of the PC gaming market
This - they don't have all that many available to sell (for whatever reason…)

Think of it as a bit like the Intel Extreme edition processors.
I hope that's not all Fermi has to offer….lol

I can't wait for this to get in the hands of reviewers, hopefully people will hold off on pre-orders until some truly independent reviews have hit the net.