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What will YOU do with Fermi?

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What do you plan to do with your GF100?

Total: 81 votes (19 blank votes)

  • Cook breakfast
  • 25 %
  • Keep me warm during Winter
  • 27 %
  • Stick it to my power company
  • 4 %
  • Convince the missus that we need A/C
  • 10 %
  • Play Crysis
  • 6 %
  • Play Crysis in 3D!!!!
  • 5 %
  • Open a can of whoopass
  • 6 %
  • Badabooooooooom!
  • 4 %
  • Extort money from rich some guy on eBay
  • 11 %
  • Make an ornament out of it
  • 11 %
March 27, 2010 12:39:50 AM

i havnt had a good heater for my legs since my old celery 330 from 04! :D 
maybe itll puff it hot enough to cook me breakfeast so i dont gotta hop into the kichen in the mornings... lol...

*note im not getting fermi... my 260 sli still runs strong*
March 27, 2010 12:44:01 AM

I'm thinking of replacing my George Foreman Grill.
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March 27, 2010 12:52:20 AM

I would go 480 SLI. Have a water block on one to boil my tea, and the sink on the other to fry my eggs.
March 27, 2010 1:28:26 AM

when these run out of stock, stick it on ebay for a quick buck lol
March 27, 2010 1:35:11 AM

When they run out of stock? You have to be in stock first :D 
March 27, 2010 2:25:41 AM

Nothing.

They are better than I expected on the performance, but with GTX 480 SLI matched only by an industrial vacuum cleaner for noise and power consumption, I think I'll stay with my (relatively efficient) pair of 4870x2s for now.

(One thing really surprised me - I wasn't expecting the power consumption to be as monstrous as the reviews so far are indicating)
March 27, 2010 2:33:19 AM

You already have a personal heater there cjl :) 
March 27, 2010 2:53:16 AM

Nothing... NVIDIA was late Winter is over.

Its everything what everybody expected

marginal performance increase, high power consumption, high noise level... A lot of features that common people won't need.

Another thing you need two cards to support 3 monitor
March 27, 2010 4:00:44 AM

yeah won't be buying it either. sure the physx/hair tesselation demos look amazing but only the handful softwares will ever support them for a while. (just look at physx and how many games make use of them...).

Also this depends from a person to person but being power efficient and being SILENT is really important for me, and HD5000 really delivered that. So i'll be purchasing HD5870 instead!

Do you think the price for HD5850/5870 even drop? cause some 5870s are already $100 below GTX480. After seeing the reviews for GTX480 I'm kinda starting to doubt that HD5800's prices will go down. :/ 
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 10:11:45 AM

Amazing. HD 5870 and HD 5850 prices were originally meant to be $350 and $250, and with the GTX 480 launching at $499, you could've got two HD 5850s when they were first launched, which perform the same as an HD 5970... which beats the GTX 480 by quite a bit.

If I had Fermi... well... I'd probably shoot some lame video going like this, with the appropriate costumes and all:

Jen-Hsun Huang: Vegeta, what does Kill-A-Watt say about GTX 480's power consumption?
Vegeta: It's over 9000!
Yeah. I'm bored. :( 

Anyways... A certain Führer isn't impressed with Fermi either. ;) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpZXhR1ibj8
March 27, 2010 11:47:48 AM

Funny - no one wants to play Crysis today yet LOL
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 11:51:25 AM

There, I gave a Crysis vote, but I thought it did terrible in that game (compared to ATI).
March 27, 2010 11:52:06 AM

SLi'ed Fermi's would make excellent space heaters. Remove side panel from case and profit.
March 27, 2010 12:07:15 PM

Performance is good, good job Nvidia. *pat on the back*
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 12:12:19 PM

bige420 said:
Performance is good, good job Nvidia. *pat on the back*


March 27, 2010 12:29:14 PM

Im being 100% serious. Yeah its real power hungry, makes a good amount of heat (no more than a 5970) but enthusiasts arent going to care about that.
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 12:30:56 PM

Oh sure, it's like you can't get a much-better performing card for $100 more. If they are enthusiasts, they'll look towards HD5830crossfire for cheaper than the GTX480 which will out-perform it.
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 12:44:55 PM

In the UK you can pick up 2 x 5850's for less than a GTX480 :lol: 
March 27, 2010 12:51:27 PM

we could use it at work to heat the hardening and tempering furnace
March 27, 2010 1:01:31 PM

I just realized the release was the 26th so i woke up today and it just slammed into my head so i went on thier website to check them out and see thier spec's....

They come at a good price, I am definitely going to pick one of them up :)  They look Awesome. And it will be a huge jump for me since I am still playing on my 8800GTS 640MB which maxes almost out mostly everything at 1080p but ever since i connected a second monitor it's harder for it to handle it and I honestly just want to buy one to play around on crysis fully maxed out on 1080p to feed my eyes :) 

I checked out some websites and it seems like the 480 is significantly more powerful then ATI's most powerful single GPU, 5870. Correct me if i am wrong.

Also, I have an 850watt PSU so i think it will handle this card perfectly fine.? I don't know if its enough to SLI them but one card should be handled well.

I just can't even imagine how badly these cards will rape new titles on maxed settings and on ridiculous resolutions.
March 27, 2010 2:05:26 PM

Anandtech showed the 480 in sli, it pulled 668W load, (probably 666 since it will surely blow up) and 851W max ... so an 850W will handle it, perfectly? NO. This card is definately the return of the Nvacuum, one loud mofo.

Quad SLI will require its own circuit breaker and dedicated outlet.
March 27, 2010 2:08:53 PM

The noise is really telling. My 4890 at 50% is LOUD, and 100% it's laughable really. I can't imagine being louder.

I don't game with headphones, so at 50% while gaming i have to crank my speakers up, Fermi would piss off me neighbors pretty bad.
March 27, 2010 2:58:33 PM

for the price they might as well throw in a closed liquid cooling system for it
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 3:06:04 PM



well they are being pretty generous if you ask me

Doubles as a grill :D 
March 27, 2010 3:46:09 PM

A lot of wasted energy to power 3b transistors with meager performance gain.

March 27, 2010 4:28:52 PM

Guys, its a powerful and hot GPU with a tiny fan spinning at absurd rpm's. Ofcourse its going to be loud.

-To make it queiter, you can add higher quality thermal compound so it runs cooler requiring less fan speed.

-If the card isn't ridiculously loaded, there is no need to turn the fan that high.

-Get a good case so the case helps cool it.

-Place a nice big and quiet PCI-Slot fan below the card and another small fan on the rear grill so you can turn down the fan running on the actual card.

-Buy noise canceling headphones lolz

-Or you can buy a professionally modded card that has a different cooler with a larger fan located right onto the heatsink for the GPU so it runs cooler and spins slower.

-Chances are, if you can afford this card, you can also afford accessories with it to make it quieter and better..etc.
March 27, 2010 4:34:25 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
Guys, its a powerful and hot GPU with a tiny fan spinning at absurd rpm's. Ofcourse its going to be loud.

-To make it queiter, you can add higher quality thermal compound so it runs cooler requiring less fan speed.

-If the card isn't ridiculously loaded, there is no need to turn the fan that high.

-Get a good case so the case helps cool it.

-Place a nice big and quiet PCI-Slot fan below the card and another small fan on the rear grill so you can turn down the fan running on the actual card.

-Buy noise canceling headphones lolz

-Or you can buy a professionally modded card that has a different cooler with a larger fan located right onto the heatsink for the GPU so it runs cooler and spins slower.

-Chances are, if you can afford this card, you can also afford accessories with it to make it quieter and better..etc.

or get similar performance,less power hungry,quieter,cooler,cheaper and buy ati with out the hassle of changing anything

:sol:  fixed
March 27, 2010 4:35:16 PM

So now its $500 for a gtx480 and god-knows-how-much for accessories to make it not annoying? That's a slippery slope to be on man.

a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 4:36:40 PM

Just because you have $500 to spend on a card does NOT mean you want to spend more. I'd get a Waterblocked HD5870 for $500, and OC the *** out of it to beat the GTX480 easily. All the while being silent and cool, 8).
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 5:05:39 PM

Thermal paste does nothing to reduce the heat of the cooler itself. It only facilitates heat transfer between the chip and the cooler. You will still need to dissipate the same 300W, so fan speed will still need to be very high.
March 27, 2010 5:50:39 PM

Can't spend my hard earned $ to product with mediocrity. Spend $500 for a overheated product with little performance gain. Then spend another $500 to dissipate the 300W and reduce the noise.

I'm sure i can find a better use for that $1K and getter performance.
March 27, 2010 5:52:48 PM

I'm sure i can find better use for that $1K and get better performance.
March 27, 2010 6:43:32 PM

3 phase supply is needed for GF 100 SLI :D :D 
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 6:54:50 PM

All I can read out of that is that it's 4Kw.
March 27, 2010 7:05:41 PM

bige420 said:
Im being 100% serious. Yeah its real power hungry, makes a good amount of heat (no more than a 5970) but enthusiasts arent going to care about that.



an enthusiast will know how to get the most for their hard earned money, you mean a fanboy wont care about wasting money...
March 27, 2010 9:13:24 PM

Did someone say SLI? A PAIR OF FERMI?


March 27, 2010 10:20:58 PM

For this poll Randomizer, i love you.
a c 172 Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 10:54:57 PM

All this talk about heat output, does no one remember the Fermi ready cases that were being talked about but a short while ago?
March 27, 2010 10:58:53 PM

Well, i don't know, maybe its hot and loud, but if it runs and does well in performance, i'll find a way to tweak or change something to suit myself. I'm getting it or maybe if they get some more 400's cards in the near future, i'll get those. They sound like awesome cards.
March 27, 2010 11:02:46 PM

At the launch event they had 2 480's in sli in one computer and while they were both putting out a fair bit of heat, the overall temps in coretemp and gpu-z seemed stable and not really as bad as everyone is saying.
March 27, 2010 11:03:00 PM

I think people have forgotten how successful the 4870 X2 and the 9800 GX2 were, though they were dual GPU cards but I remember the 8800 GT and 8800 Ultra getting pretty hot too.
a c 172 Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 11:04:08 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
Well, i don't know, maybe its hot and loud, but if it runs and does well in performance, i'll find a way to tweak or change something to suit myself. I'm getting it or maybe if they get some more 400's cards in the near future, i'll get those. They sound like awesome cards.

It's first gen hardware mate and whilst I'm not going to be buying into it (for my own reasons) I don't have a problem or intend to belittle those that will, I shall however be sitting back and watching to see if any problem patterns start to appear.
a c 172 Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 11:06:36 PM

Griffolion said:
At the launch event they had 2 480's in sli in one computer and while they were both putting out a fair bit of heat, the overall temps in coretemp and gpu-z seemed stable and not really as bad as everyone is saying.

Whilst the thermal management may seem impressive at the moment (and it is) only time and some serious gaming sessions will really test it's mettle.
March 27, 2010 11:18:02 PM

I agree MM, when mine arrives i'll certainly be giving it a good run!

One can only hope that NV will bring Fermi from strength to strength with chipset revisions etc in the future.
a c 172 Î Nvidia
March 27, 2010 11:31:47 PM

Griffolion said:
I agree MM, when mine arrives i'll certainly be giving it a good run!

One can only hope that NV will bring Fermi from strength to strength with chipset revisions etc in the future.

Well if they stick with it and after the time and money invested there is no reason to think otherwise, then as the GPU yields and drivers mature that should bring better performance from some of the later iterations and by the time the 2nd gen Fermi cards are ready, DX11 games may be more popular with the devs and if they are tessellation heavy then Nvidia cards may be the better option by then.
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