Geforce GTX 4xx at Cebit

Geforce GTX 480 and 470: Preliminary specs and new pictures

The official launch of Nvidia's Geforce GTX 480 and GTX 470 is close at hand and more and more information about the Fermi cards becomes available.
Geforce GTX 480 disassembled
Geforce GTX 480 disassembled [Source: view picture gallery]
Update: March 24, 2010
In only a few days Nvidia is going to launch Fermi and more and more information about the forthcoming graphics cards is leaked to the World Wide Web. The latest hoax even delivers faked PC Games Hardware benchmarks that some blockhead has created illegally.

According to the latest reports the new Fermi cards will have the following specifications:
• GTX 470: 448 CUDA Cores, 1280 MiByte GDDR5 VRAM, 607/1215/3348 MHz (GPU/Shader/VRAM)
• GTX 480: 480 CUDA Cores, 1536 MiByte GDDR5 VRAM, 700/1401/3696 MHz (GPU/Shader/VRAM)

Furthermore the latest reports say that the GTX 470 and the GTX 480 will be available on March 26, 2010 for 349 respectively 499 USD. There are also several new pictures that show cards of Nvidia's board partners as well as a disassembled Fermi graphics card (see our picture gallery at the end of the page).

Update: March 5, 2010
People who had hoped that Nvidia would use the Cebit as a laumch platform forthe forthcoming GF100 graphicsc ards might be a little disappointed. Officially there have only been some Systea PCs with GTX 480 inside that were running the Supersonic Sled demo at several booths - "guards” included.

Geforce GTX 480: 3D Vision Surround
As a member of the press you had a chance to get more information about the GTX 480 and PC Games Hardware played Need for speed: Shift in 3D Vision Surround on a GTX 480 SLI system. Each of the three displays had a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and thus the overall resolution added up to 5760 x 1080. Tom Petersen, chief of technical marketing at Nvidia, explained to us that the developers are targeting about 60 frames per second with the final drivers. During our visit the demo wasn't running that fast yet, but except a little lag when switching into the 3D mode the game was running smooth and delivered a quite realistic 3D impression.

Geforce GTX 480: DirectX 11 performance
Furthermore the Unigine Heaven DirectX 11 demo has been run on the system. The DirectX 11 Tessellation that is used in this application breaks down polygons via GPU acceleration and that allows developers to create more detailed models. It is generally known that in direct 3D 11 Microsoft uses a Tessellator that is supported by two Shader levels. According to Nvidia the GTX 480 is about 30 percent faster than a Radeon HD 5870 in a DirectX 11 benchmark run with unspecified settings. In close-ups of the extremely detailed dragon the GTX 480 is even said to be 100 percent faster than a HD 5870, if you zoom out so that the number of displayed polygons is reduced, both cards are running on the same level.

The known supersonic Sled demo has also been part of the presentation. The tech demo supports DirectX 11 Tessellation, GPU Physx and 3D Vision. Nvidia wants to make the demo available for the launch of the GF100. This is quite nice since the demo also has an interactive part which makes it more or less a mini game. The sled can break apart if handled incorrectly and the driver can be catapulted from the vehicle, furthermore the exhaust fumes can be affected by the deflection shields.

We also taped two impressive scenes. First the bridge burst asunder with about 1 million particles and secondly an explosion started a worth-seeing chain reaction - even chicken feathers where flying around.

Geforce GTX 480: More pictures, retail box and power consumption
The rumors about the Geforce GTX 470 and GTX 480 haven't come to an end yet. Our colleagues from Computerbase have been able to take pictures of a board with a GTX 480. Some pictures have been censored in order to protect the source. Lab501 and Hexus have also published pictures of the retail box which you can also find in our gallery below.

Another interesting fact is the recommendation of power supply units. Apparently Nvidia recommends 600 watt with 42 ampere on the 12 volt rail. 8- and 6-pin power connectors have been seen on the pictures already and aren't a surprise anymore. Furthermore the VRAM amount of 1.5 GiB has been confirmed. The retail box of the Gigabyte card shown at Lab501 still needs some improvements, since eagle-eyed users might spot the Ati 5000 Series in the DirectX 11 tag.

Nvidia GF100/Fermi: Geforce GTX 4xx pictured at Cebit 2010 (3)
Nvidia GF100/Fermi: Geforce GTX 4xx pictured at Cebit 2010 (3) [Source: view picture gallery]
Original article: March 2, 2010
Are those the first pictures of a final Fermi graphics card? PC Games Hardware was able to take pictures of a Geforce GTX 480 that has been installed in a demo system of one of Nvidia's board partners and was guarded by an Nvidia employee.

The dual slot card with the typical radial fan has two DVi and one HDMI output. The power supply is realized with one 8-pin and one 6-pin PCI Express power connector - just like the GTX 280. Although the air that was exhausted by the graphics card was warm, it wasn't noticeably hotter than the outgoing air of other high-end devices. The heat of the card is transferred from the heatsink via heatpies to aluminum fins. As usual there are two SLI connectors that make the card ready for 3-way SLI.

A little surprise was the product sticker, which mentioned a GF-100-375-A3. Accordingly the presented version of the Supersonic Sled demo was running without anti aliasing and in a few really challenging scenes there have been some minimal lags.

We have also learned that the smaller version of the Geforce GTX 4xx is supposed to cost about 300 to 400 Euros and the top model about 500 to 600 Euros.

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Author: Carsten Spille (Mar 24, 2010)

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