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Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 and 470 specs emerge

By Jos ยท 63 replies
Mar 19, 2010
  1. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

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

    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....

    ....oh Canada...my home and......
  2. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    im going to predict the future, i see : No stock available. Much higher prices. overcharging. psus blowing up. Dumb people complaining. (there is no stock, my card overheats, my psu died) nvidia shares fall. ati launches another overpriced card with lower performance and support for 14 displays. catalyst hotfix 45.b2 does not fix the random screen issues.
  3. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Am i the only one remembering Nvidia to have said "The 58xx series was slower then we expected" in excuse of not having the new 400 series ready?
    And then after 6months they come up with this......
    I think the 400 is slower then i expected tbh....
  4. No the smartest thing to do is build gpus that don't overheat and artifact. Also keeping up with techonlogy and not giving an excuse that noone is using it.
  5. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515


    I'm in LoVe with these cards ;) ....

    the 500$ is humm, well nevermind, i'm putting this in my cart, now let's checkout!

  6. May all Nvidia supporters forgive me, as I am a proud owner of a GTX 260, but this GTX 480 is a piece of crap!

    It reminds me of that old ATi blow dryer commonly known as the HD2900XT. It had a huge TDP rating relatively to other similar cards, and the card's performance was not proportional to its power consumption.

    On the other hand, the GTX 470 looks more like a reasonable achievement for Nvidia. Will those extra 32 cores on the GTX 480 really make that much of a difference?

    P.S. Wasn't Fermi supposed to have 512 cores? :/
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Personally, I'll reserve judgement until some independant benchmarking is out and pricing is finalized...but that's just my take.

    Having built a fairly large amount of systems for customers I would say you fall into a minority. Most people wouldn't know the TDP of either their CPU or GPU, nor would they know how the number is arrived at. Generally all that matters is if they can play game X, can they afford it, is it available and what plugs into it.
    If TDP/performance was an issue for most then AMD wouldn't be selling very many Phenom II's, and they certainly wouldn't be looking at releasing a 140w version (975).
    I doubt anyone who isn't under NDA can answer that definitively. The benches will be out in less than a week and you'll have no end of answers
    The GPU (GF100) does indeed have 512 pixel shaders (or Cuda cores in nVidia PR bs-speak), but for the GTX 480 I think (my speculation here) one cluster is being fused off either because of defects, or a balancing act between getting the best core frequency and shader count numbers and stay within the TDP.
    There are probably 512 core cards around but they will likely end up in Tesla/Quadro boards for workstation or HPC use. If nVidia/TSMC get their design better organised then a refreshed 512 core desktop part could emerge...possibly.
  8. The MSRP may be $499 and 349 respectively, but expect to see at least a 10% mark-up initialy. I predict launch prices to be no less than $549 and 399.
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    From what I've seen so far the these cards are also slower than what I had expected. I expected a $600 single slot solution that would perform as well or outperform a 5970 - but now I guess my new video card for FFXIV will be a 5970. I really hope the real benchmarks will change my mind.
  10. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    I'm dying to see the reviews and benchmarks already. The speculation is killing me.
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    Isn't this meant to be a whole new Architecture? That means just because the specs don't look good doesn't mean it can't out perform a 5970. I bet the benches will be better than expected.
  12. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Well Nvidia claim the 480gtx to be somewhat 5-10% better then the 5870 and the 470gtx to be same over the 4850 so i doubt any 1 of these cards will beat the 5970...if the 480gtx was infact better then the 5970....u would have seen ALOT more leaked infos from Nvidia.

    I will bet u that.
  13. that GTX480 cooler is f***** awesome

  14. I'm going to take a weak guess and say it's because of the difference in Mem Buss, the ATI cards run 250bit while the N cards run at 384bit?
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