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  • NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 470/480

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 470/480

    If you wondered why NVIDIA chose today to announce its canning the xf86-video-nv driver for all future GPUs and diverting users to use the VESA X.Org driver (even though most of them will start out using the Nouveau driver) until downloading their proprietary driver, it's because they have finally launched Fermi...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODEwNQ

  • #2
    The Radeon evergreen series look waaaaay superior to these. And hey, looks is all that matters right

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    • #3
      Originally posted by faemir View Post
      The Radeon evergreen series look waaaaay superior to these. And hey, looks is all that matters right
      you never touch a r800 again if you know what is a R900.....
      Phantom circuit Sequence Reducer Dyslexia

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      • #4
        Any article about fermi that doesn't even mention the huge power consumption looks fishy. Sure, it may be a few percent faster than the 5870, but that's hardly useful if it roars like a bear and melts my PC.

        There have been jokes about cooking eggs on your GPU for ages. But this is the first one that actually gets hot enough to boil water.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rohcQaH View Post
          Any article about fermi that doesn't even mention the huge power consumption looks fishy. Sure, it may be a few percent faster than the 5870, but that's hardly useful if it roars like a bear and melts my PC.

          There have been jokes about cooking eggs on your GPU for ages. But this is the first one that actually gets hot enough to boil water.
          he's probably saving that info for when he gets his hands on one to test for himself.

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          • #6
            so numbers are out. Charlie D. predicted insane power consumption and that Fermi would not be able to compete with the 5970. That the Fermi would not be so much faster than the 5870 to make it sellable.

            Well, looking at the numbers, he was completely right.

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            • #7
              It's a soft launch, which means no one will get their hands on these for at least another 2 and a half weeks.

              Looking at the numbers, it's not looking great for current games. 10-15% faster than a 5870 on average, and it uses an extra 100 watts of power! Not sure about final price, but i'm expecting these to be expensive given all the manufacturing issues nvidia is having with them and the size/complexity of this beast. these cards are actually cut down from the original design, with 1 of the SPs disabled so they can sell cards that have minor defects in parts of them.

              Still, there are a few bright signs: tesselation performance looks like it could scale much, much better on the nvidia parts compared to ati. And GPGPU looks much faster as well. So if those markets take off then nvidia could be well positioned, or at least in 6 months when they're able to produce more cards in volume.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by energyman View Post
                so numbers are out. Charlie D. predicted insane power consumption and that Fermi would not be able to compete with the 5970. That the Fermi would not be so much faster than the 5870 to make it sellable.

                Well, looking at the numbers, he was completely right.
                He also claimed that the 480 would be cut down from its original design calling for 512 stream processors. Looks he was right there, too.

                This is one of the most disappointing launches I can recall for Nvidia (only surpassed by the FX series). Ati 5970 still holds the performance crown and their 58x0 series look like a better buy (100W less for 10%-15% performance deficit? Just overclock, man, you'd still come out ahead in performance/power.)

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                • #9
                  Well the dual fermi cards should be bundled with a 1000w psu

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                  • #10
                    emm.. no.

                    There are enough current games where the480 is not faster - there are even cases where it is beaten by a 5850 - or 5770.
                    http://ht4u.net/reviews/2010/nvidia_...80/index34.php
                    http://ht4u.net/reviews/2010/nvidia_...80/index43.php

                    Oh - and 112W (just the card, not the whole system!) when watching bluray.
                    http://ht4u.net/reviews/2010/nvidia_...80/index16.php

                    The 480 only can shine when you turn up AA and AF - and then you have to deal with a monstrum that can gobble up up to 317 W - which is forbidden if you are following PCIE and ATX specs - while producing 9 sone noise.

                    it is even beaten by the 295 in many tests...
                    or look at these numbers:
                    http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/h...ce_gtx_480/11/

                    Looks like Nividia created a Dustbuster - again.

                    Oh, and it will cost 499$.
                    Talk about failure...

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