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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480: pricing and specification leaked?

by Parm Mann on 19 March 2010, 12:11

Tags: GeForce GTX 480, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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With NVIDIA's next-generation Fermi now just a week away, a mass of leaked details are beginning to surface on the Internet.

Following yesterday's leaked slides - showing what appeared to be the first image of NVIDIA's reference GeForce GTX 480 design - technology site vr-zone has today followed up with detailed specifications, and pricing, too.

According to to the site, the first two Fermi-based cards - the GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 - will feature core clock speeds of 700MHz and 607MHz, respectively. The site has also let slip shader counts, memory speeds and bus widths, and to make it a little more palatable, we've put the speculative figures into the below table. For comparison's sake, we've also thrown in a few competing GPUs.


Graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1,536MB* NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1,280MB* NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1,024MB ATI Radeon HD 5970 2,048MB ATI Radeon HD 5870 1,048MB ATI Radeon HD 5850 1,024MB
GPU(s) clock 700MHz 607MHz 576MHz 648MHz 725MHz 850MHz 725MHz
Shader clock 1,401MHz 1,215MHz 1,242MHz 1,476MHz 725MHz 850MHz 725MHz
Memory clock (effective) 3,696MHz 3,348MHz 1,998MHz 2,484MHz 4,000MHz 4,800MHz 4,000MHz
Memory interface and size 384-bit, 1,536MB GDDR5 320-bit, 1,280MB GDDR5 896-bit (2 x 448-bit), 1,792MB, GDDR3 512-bit, 1,024MB, GDDR3 512-bit (2 x 256-bit), 2,048MB 256-bit, 1,024MB, GDDR5 256-bit, 1,024MB, GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 177.4GB/s 133.9GB/s 2 x 111.9GB/s 159GB/s 2 x 128GB/s 153.6GB/s 128GB/s
Manufacturing process TSMC, 40nm TSMC, 40nm TSMC, 55nm TSMC, 55nm TSMC, 40nm TSMC, 40nm TSMC, 40nm
DirectX/ Shader Model DX11, 5.0 DX11, 5.0 DX10, 4.0 DX10, 4.0 DX11, 5.0 DX11, 5.0 DX11, 5.0
Vertex, fragment, geometry shading (shared) 480 FP32 scalar ALUs, MADD dual-issue + MUL (unified) 448 FP32 scalar ALUs, MADD dual-issue + MUL (unified) 480 FP32 scalar ALUs, MADD dual-issue + MUL (unified) 240 FP32 scalar ALUs, MADD dual-issue + MUL (unified) 3,200 FP32 scalar ALUs, MADD dual-issue (unified) 1,600 FP32 scalar ALUs, MADD dual-issue (unified)) 1,440 FP32 scalar ALUs, MADD dual-issue (unified)
Peak GFLOPS 2,017 1,632 1,788 1,063 4,176 2,720
2,088
Board power (max) <300W <300W 289W 183W 294W 188W 170W
Connectors (native) 2x dual-link DVI
Mini-HDMI
2x dual-link DVI
Mini-HDMI
2 x dual-link DVI, HDTV-out,HDMI 2x dual-link DVI
HDTV-out
2x dual-link DVI
Mini-DisplayPort
2x dual-link DVI
HDMI, DisplayPort, HDTV-out
2x dual-link DVI
HDMI, DisplayPort, HDTV-out
*rumoured specification

Take the rumoured specifications with a pinch of salt, folks, and the same applies to pricing. According to vr-zone, the GeForce GTX 480 will retail at $499 (around £329 + VAT), whilst the GeForce GTX 470 will fetch $349 (£230 + VAT).

The site claims to have already benchmarked NVIDIA's latest and has found the GeForce GTX 470 to be five-to-ten per cent faster than AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5850. The range-topping GeForce GTX 480 is said to provide a similar improvement over an AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870.

We'll know for certain this time next week, and if you can't wait to see and try Fermi for yourself, take a look at the exclusive SCAN launch event.



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How does the 5970 end up with 256GB/s memory bandwidth? It should be half that surely - it's just a 256bit bus after all (not x2 as each GPU only accesses it's own set of memory chips)
so its about 10% more in cost than its ATI counterpart according to those price estimations - which actually relates to the suggested performance increase. Seems optomistic as it is added to the fact ATI cards could easily be dropped in price.
kalniel
How does the 5970 end up with 256GB/s memory bandwidth? It should be half that surely - it's just a 256bit bus after all (not x2 as each GPU only accesses it's own set of memory chips)

I suppose you could argue that *2 is valid, given they combine to render.

Interesting though, both top end cards are *2 what I have now :) choices.. Then again.. what I do like is the 480 is a single chip, which will always therefore scale.. Plus it's cheaper. Oh god.
Fudzilla (not a reliable source mind) have the UK price for the 480 as £429 and the 470 as £299:

http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/18145/1/

Bargains!
Let's just run with those rumoured prices for a minute…

£329 + VAT = £387
£230 + VAT = £270

This being britain, that probably means £399 and £289, and you'll need to add on the early adopter tax for the first couple of weeks, as well. EDIT: that'd make the fudzilla claims about right, then?

At the minute, 5870s can be easily picked up for ~ £320. 5850s seem to be in much shorter supply, and will set you back ~ £250.

So based on that, the GTX470 will only be ~ 10% more expensive than a 5850, for a claimed “up to” 10% faster GPU. Pricing not too bad.

The GTX480, however, will be the best part of 25% more expensive, for a similar “up to” 10% faster. Pricing, not so hot… (shame we won't be able to say the same about the GPU ;) )