Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 and 470 specs emerge

By on March 19, 2010, 11:55 AM
With Nvidia's next-generation Fermi graphics cards now just a week away, some new details have trickled in courtesy of Turkish site donanimhaber.com and VR-Zone.com. According to the publications, the GTX 480 will offer a total of 480 shader processors, a 384-bit interface working with 1.5GB of onboard GDDR5 RAM, and clock speeds of 700MHz, 1,401MHz, and 1,848MHz for the core, shaders and memory respectively.


Measuring around 26cm in length, or roughly 2cm less than the Radeon HD 5870, the card will draw power from a six-pin + eight-pin power connector combination and feature dual-link DVI and mini-HDMI outputs. Pricing is supposedly set at $499 and the TDP rating is quoted a being below the 300W threshold, apparently at 250W. Leaked pictures show the card will occupy two slots and feature a cooling system design with protruding heatpipes.


The less powerful GTX 470 on the other hand will reportedly make do with 448 shader processors while offering a core clock of 607MHz, shader clock of 1,215MHz, and a memory clock of 1,674MHz. The card will have a 320-bit memory interface and 1280MB of GDDR5 memory, along with a TDP of 225W and a more sensible $349 price tag.

According to VR-Zone, internal benchmarks reveal that the GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 are some 5-10% faster than the Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 respectively. Such estimations are of course unofficial, but we'll have clearer idea of the value behind these cards when benchmarks start popping up after next week's launch.




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Alster37 Alster37 said:

finally we get to see it, hopefully I will be able to save enough to get the 470 if it performs well which I will wait for techspot to review.

Docnoq said:

Wow. Neither card is above $500. Those are quite possibly the most sensible prices I have seen on newly released nvidia cards. Not to say that $500 is by any means a small price tag, but considering how nvidia generally prices their cards, I feel like these anticipated prices are more reasonable.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"Let it begin, Let it begin!"

yorro said:

Reducing the price could be the smartest thing nVidia has done.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Cool....can't wait to see some benchmarks on these bad boys.

thatguyandrew92 said:

WOAH! Great prices! These things are gonna FLY off the shelves!

jsper3602 said:

That 5 to 10% gain over the Radeon doesnÂ't seem enough to me. Better wait for benchmarks to give a verdict. On the hand thanks to the competition, nvidia will released this card under $500 dollars. I remember you can get a GTX 280 for around $ 700 on launch, so a $499 start prize for the GTX 480 is impressive.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I think nvidia had no choice but to set the prices at those points, price/performance wise, they will probably be on a par with the 5800 series. Let's hope this leads to a price war because the AMD cards have been on the market for a while and I think they can afford to lower their prices a little by now.

Btw the power requirements are quite a lot...

Zilliak said:

i was expecting so much more. WOW this was supposed to be life changing. Off to buy the 5870

Guest said:

can someone explain me why nvidia's GTX 480 GDDR5 memory works at 1848MHz... and ATI's GDDR5 is 4x the clock speed of the memory, say HD5850 has a memory of 1000MHz for and effective clock of 4000MHz... or the HD5870 with 1200MHz for the memory for an effective clock of 4800MHz... so.... anyone? :D

Regenweald said:

A brand new card offering a 10% more than competition that is almost a generation old ? That and the 5000 series is due for a refresh in a few months with the drivers beginning to hit full stride ? So in summary: 10% more performance than a 6 month old card, more expensive, a hell of a lot hotter. numkay.

mystic420 said:

Well I have 3 GTX275 OC's running 3-way SLI and am perfectly happy with it as I can play all my games at MAX graphics and get unbelievable frame rates. So until I need to upgrade I think I'll wait for the price to drop a bit. I would like to see how they stack up against the latest ATI cards. Besides my next upgrade will be a complete rebuild and 4 of those baby's at $2000, that will have to wait a bit in this economy...

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Interesting... Internal benchmarks show about 5-10% improvement over the ATi competitors... But, of course, those numbers will be based on the original benchmarks done after the 5xxx series was released. The new ATi drivers, with a reported increase of up to 10-20% on some titles, might just completely nullify any nVidia advantage right from the starting block.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Well if you think about it. Your getting 10% gains for a product which is cheaper! plus no offence to ATI but i just prefer nvidia. The drivers are less confusing and i've had problems with ATI before.

Guest said:

All i can say is im not impressed after going from 2 gtx260s core 216 in sli to one 5850 which i preordered at 260.00 i am dissapointed im definitely getting another 5850 to xfire hopefully they'll come back down in price and i can complete my i7 rig!!!!!

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Looks interesting, good to see they dropped the prices to be more competitive as $500+ didn't seem realistic with the competition. Hopefully this will lead ATi to drop card prices a bit in the coming months too on 58xx series. Time to wait until the benchmarks come out on these cards compared to the 58xx series. Curious to know if they still have that 5-10% unconfirmed edge after the recent ATi driver updates. On a side note though the GTX480 cooling system looks good .

Timonius Timonius said:

Aaaaand it looks like Nvidia is closing the gap, can they push past the 5870?

Guest said:

Burty117> The Fermi is not cheaper. its 5-10% gains possile. With an 18% more expensive nVidia card. $499 vs $420 (standard cooler, 5870 on newegg)

The HD 5970 is more expensive, but it would smoke the GTX 480. The Fermi was compared to the single chip card, not the more expensive dual chip.

Asside the cost per watt, improved fans to cool the case and air condition your place...ouch.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I think there won't be much difference between performance of ATI or nVidia offerings (considering the availability of new ATI drivers next week); and if that turns out to be the case, it would put more pressure on nVidia from the get go. However, if they have slight edge, it may mean ATI will cut prices, and it will be a win-win situation for anyone planning to upgrade

sagejay said:

I wish one day I could buy a card like this, but they are so expensive. Still, I can't wait to see the benchmark scores.

seefizzle said:

Can anyone tell me how well Nvidia cards work in AMD based systems? I've been wondering this for a while. Should I stick with ATI video cards. Are there any problems putting nvidia cards in AMD systems?

Puiu Puiu said:

If ATI cut the prices even by a few dollars then Nvidia will have a lot of problems considering the fact that they already are releasing them at lower prices than originally planed.

And with the release of the new drivers, ATI is probably drinking Dom Pérignon.

LGraves said:

Those look beast! too bad I won't be able to afford one until like 3 years.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I was expecting a lot more than 5-10% difference. I'll be waiting for the benchmarks to see if that's the real difference, but if it is, it's definitely disappointing. $500 for a new card that's 5-10% faster than an existing $400 card doesn't sound too good.

seefizzle, Nvidia cards have no problem working with an AMD CPU.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

can someone explain me why nvidia's GTX 480 GDDR5 memory works at 1848MHz... and ATI's GDDR5 is 4x the clock speed of the memory, say HD5850 has a memory of 1000MHz for and effective clock of 4000MHz... or the HD5870 with 1200MHz for the memory for an effective clock of 4800MHz... so.... anyone?

Matthew quoted the GTX 480 memory as 1848MHz- which is it's DDR (Dual Data Rate). Doubling this will give you it's "effective" rate (i.e. 3696MHz). Which is lower than the HD5xxx series but on a wider memory bus, so peak bandwidth is actually fairly similar.

A basic equation for the GTX 480 would be:

924MHz clock x 4 (DDR doubled) x 384 bit bus / 8 bits (1 byte) = 177408 Mb/sec

177408Mb / 1024 (Mb per Gb) = 173.25Gb/sec (173.4 if you round the effective rate to an even 3800MHz)

and for the HD 5870...

1200MHz clock x 4 x 256 bit bus / 8 = 153600 Mb/sec / 1024 = 150Gb/sec

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Although I'm completely in awe of your formidable manipulation of binary mathematics, the 4X "quad pumped" multiplier is actually indicative of DDR2, not DDR.

I know that's what you meant, and I'm sorry for even mentioning it.

Tha General Tha General, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Is nvidia going to release some cards that are DX11 fully, but have no power connectors?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

All i can say is im not impressed after going from 2 gtx260s core 216 in sli to one 5850 which i preordered at 260.00 i am dissapointed im definitely getting another 5850 to xfire hopefully they'll come back down in price and i can complete my i7 rig!!!!!

Whether the HD5850 comes down in price is likely dependant upon how many GTX470's hit the retail channel. If the numbers are low or out of stock all the time (similar to the HD5970/GTX285 for example) then there will be no pressure on AMD to cut prices at all- in fact the opposite could well be true. If the GTX470 is in short supply, then many who were putting off upgrading until the launch- either with thoughts of getting a GTX, or like you, hoping for AMD price cuts will be faced with a further potential long wait for further GTX stock or buying a HD 5850 (or 5870, 5770 CF) now - creating more demand for AMD cards. Greater demand usually leads to higher retail pricing, if not MSRP.

drasho said:

i was thinking that the new nvidia card would be in a other level and that ati would have to get other card on the market... =P But 5-10% if somewhat of a good difference in the graphic market. I'm gonna wait for the true benchmark tought

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I was expecting a lot more than 5-10% difference. I'll be waiting for the benchmarks to see if that's the real difference, but if it is, it's definitely disappointing. $500 for a new card that's 5-10% faster than an existing $400 card doesn't sound too good.

Agreed.Probably not good economics.

The only saving grace here is nVidia's investment in TWIMTBP. If AAA titles continue to be launched under that banner then AMD/ATI will be caught in a perpetual game of catch-up with their driver support which will inflate nV's fps benches for those titles as they release-this will possibly close the perceived gap in a few gamers eyes.

....I know that's what you meant, and I'm sorry for even mentioning it.

No worries captain. I was never going to make a good Math teacher !

If ATI cut the prices even by a few dollars then Nvidia will have a lot of problems considering the fact that they already are releasing them at lower prices than originally planed.

Probably still less of a problem than having no new cards out.

Btw: The HD 5850 and 5870 pricing is higher now than it was at launch - at least in major markets.

rufio said:

Not too shabby. Will be interesting to see how the benchmarks compare to the hd 5870

megrawab said:

GTX 480 is cool... Kick some more...

BlindObject said:

Why the 384bit interface? What happened to the 448bit? I'd think they'd make these pump at least 512bits.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

dividebyzero said:

If ATI cut the prices even by a few dollars then Nvidia will have a lot of problems considering the fact that they already are releasing them at lower prices than originally planed.

Probably still less of a problem than having no new cards out.

Btw: The HD 5850 and 5870 pricing is higher now than it was at launch - at least in major markets.

By like $40-$50 dollars for 5850 if not more I believe which is , even the 57xx series is slightly higher then original MSRP. Lets hope the prices drop on them but I doubt mainstream cards like 57xx will since Nvidia has no competition there. A drop below $300 to ~$285 would be great for the 5850.

Neojt said:

OMG imagine 2 of the 480's with a i7 980X(6cores 12mb cache) and the new kinston 2400mhz ram ............druling

I need more monney

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

anyone want to lay bets that ATI has silicon that has shaders and ROP's that have not been fuse locked for a refresh within a few days of the team green launch? perhaps cards of the 5XXX flavor ending in 80 and or 90? with a six month+ lead on Nvidia, that's what i would do.....but then I have no "business ethics" :P

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

while everyone is going crazy buying up the new nvidia stuff maybe i'll actually be able to get my hands on a 5870 for a decent price...

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

We will have to take these to the scorecards.

I'm hoping the 480/470 and the 5870/5850 will turn out like the Pacquiao vs. Clotty fight, with Pacman being Nvidia, hehe.

Geek4life said:

I am waiting to see some benchmarks. I have herd all the hype surrounding the launch now it is time to put up some numbers. If the performance is indeed 5 to 10 percent higher than ATI, I will not purchase at these prices. As ATI appears to have a better value.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

I more likely to go w/ ATI again just because prices on 5870s will probably come down some... plus i'm still happy with my 4870s

Zeromus said:

I'm not sure if anyone notices, but the TDP is insanely low. High end graphics for medium PSU systems? Truly nvidia is a blessing right now.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Zeromus said:

I'm not sure if anyone notices, but the TDP is insanely low. High end graphics for medium PSU systems? Truly nvidia is a blessing right now.

I guess you missed the specs for the comparable HD 5870 and 5850 cards, which are rated at 188 and 150 (respectively), as far as I can tell from posted specs throughout the web... Well below what these new nVidia cards are boasting. So, I guess ATi is the true blessing in the marketplace right now?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Zeromus said:

I'm not sure if anyone notices, but the TDP is insanely low. High end graphics for medium PSU systems? Truly nvidia is a blessing right now.

Haha and LOL,

1) a newborn child.....support for Haiti ....those are blessings. a graphics card is not.

2) see the post immediately below yours.

"Truly nvidia is a blessing right now"

christ man, at least try to veil yourself.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Hi Red, I was picking these late posts as clumsy attempt at sarcasm....or the product of an extreme case of fetal alcohol syndrome.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Hi Red, I was picking these late posts as clumsy attempt at sarcasm....or the product of an extreme case of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Hi D,

just hard to pass up , are they not?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep... I Praythe Lord, Blah, Blah, Blah

And God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Spot, but most of all God bless Nvidia.... (Who else would provide me with an energy efficient video card, so I can piss my life away, without being hassled by my parents over the electric bill)

And when I can't get to sleep, I count dead hookers in GTA.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Hi D,

just hard to pass up , are they not?

I liken it to my St.Paddy's day/night....

They're like the last few glasses of Jameson's in the wee small hours. You know full well that it's gonna cost you some brain cells and you'll feel bad later...but before you know it...ah, what the hell!...and you're suddenly looking at an empty glass- or cranium as the case may be.

EDIT: Think I might just have to avoid the forums when the benches come out. Could be a full-scale fanboy'n'troll war (handbags at ten paces). Pity AMD can't get Phenom II X6 and Magny-Cours out the same week....one week of petulant adolescence rather than a drawn out fanboy decathlon.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I liken it to my St.Paddy's day/night....

They're like the last few glasses of Jameson's in the wee small hours. You know full well that it's gonna cost you some brain cells and you'll feel bad later...but before you know it...ah, what the hell!...and you're suddenly looking at an empty glass- or cranium as the case may be.

Or what's behind door number three, both....!

Although, this behavior might have been better than red's and mine. We spent the entire evening trying to alienate the entire Dominion of Canada.... Should we sing now....?

Guest said:

It will be interesting to see what the 5870-pricing will be?godowsky on

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

have a canuck on me....sung by Brian Johnson

I liken it to my St.Paddy's day/night....

They're like the last few glasses of Jameson's in the wee small hours. You know full well that it's gonna cost you some brain cells and you'll feel bad later...but before you know it...ah, what the hell!...and you're suddenly looking at an empty glass- or cranium as the case may be.

oy, I just got an retro-active headache. reminded me of years ago in a pub called Claddagh's. The bartender became quite liberal with samples of every Jameson variation they had. I fell in love with a particularly smokey flavored one and after a $73 cab ride home, i spent the next 24 hanging on for dear life....and the throne......good times....good times....

Although, this behavior might have been better than red's and mine. We spent the entire evening trying to alienate the entire Dominion of Canada.... Should we sing now....?

....oh Canada...my home and......

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