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SPIED: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Board Shot

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March 4, 2010 10:35:24 PM

How do we know for sure? the CPU is censored out.


At least it still features the holes in the circuit board, which are cool
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March 4, 2010 10:36:39 PM

Wow that chip is large. Wonder how yields will be...
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March 4, 2010 10:37:01 PM

i dont want to see any more effing board pics, give me benches now, a 300watt tdp must count for something.
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March 4, 2010 10:47:51 PM

With every little news blurb, my stomach gets this sick feeling... Sincere prayer: Dear God, I hope Fermi succeeds! (But only so I can pick up my HD5870 for cheap!) Amen.
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March 4, 2010 10:51:42 PM

i heard it could make me breakfast

well... fry my eggs at least... that's innovation
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March 4, 2010 11:02:18 PM

why did they censor the the motherboard connector?
We all know it is going to be PCIe 2.0 x16... oops was I not supposed to say that?
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March 4, 2010 11:05:09 PM

NapoleonDKWith every little news blurb, my stomach gets this sick feeling... Sincere prayer: Dear God, I hope Fermi succeeds! (But only so I can pick up my HD5870 for cheap!) Amen.


You and me both, brother. Only reason I haven't pulled the trigger on a 58xx yet is because I'm waiting to see if nVidia's launch either (a) drops the price of the 5xxx cards, or (b) coincides with ATI releasing an HD 5890. Either way, or even if neither of those events occurs, ATI gets my business once Fermi launches!
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March 4, 2010 11:08:21 PM

cheepstuffwhy did they censor the the motherboard connector? We all know it is going to be PCIe 2.0 x16... oops was I not supposed to say that?



Agreed I wonder my self and they must have something to hide. PCI-e has been around for ages so my guess is that it has a few extra pin or a another or different notch vs the standard universal layout. If true this is going to be a true bitch of a card in a bad way. Every one who still wants this card may end up getting a new board LAME. If wrong (I HOPE) then a few years I just might scratch that itch and add this to my collection while I am still on the hunt for other cards like the extremely rare 3DFX Rampage.
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March 4, 2010 11:20:38 PM

The only guess I have is they're covering the PCI-e slots so you do not know if it's just 2.0 or if it's a new 2.1 connection.
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March 4, 2010 11:22:10 PM

To be honest all this hyping of a late NVIDIA launch has me wondering what AMD is cooking up.
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March 4, 2010 11:41:36 PM

This has happened before. Right when Nvidia wants to launch something truly revolutionary, Ati jumps right in and cuts them off.
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March 4, 2010 11:42:34 PM

that card is as long as my...
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March 4, 2010 11:43:03 PM

Marcus YamThere are also two SLI connectors

They are actually called fingers, since they are a part of the board and not soldered on.. connectors can give the wrong impression.
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March 4, 2010 11:46:23 PM

Or it might plug into 2 pcie 2.0 ports.
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March 4, 2010 11:51:54 PM

gamebrigadaOr it might plug into 2 pcie 2.0 ports.


o.O
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March 4, 2010 11:57:16 PM

there are numbers on the pci-e connecter
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March 5, 2010 12:27:43 AM

Fermi: The Pentium IV and the Itanium aka Itanic all rolled into one... I guess the GF104 is due out a few months after the GF100? ROFL...
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March 5, 2010 12:53:15 AM

@nVidia: three words: WHERE IS FERMI!?!?!
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March 5, 2010 12:56:31 AM

I would take a guess blacking out the Pcie port was Marcus's attempt at humor. (naughty bits and all) I can't imagine anything extraordinary nv could do with a pcie port..
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March 5, 2010 1:07:46 AM

I wish they would release this already. AMD knows they have the performance crown in GPUs and they aren't holding back on prices. I mean what tech do we know of that has gotten more expensive 6 months after it has released? Or for the mobile GPUs, more expensive by the week in laptops they are in. Its ludicrous, we might go back up to 2004 GPU prices.
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March 5, 2010 1:15:29 AM

That chip is 4cmX4cm. Yeilds are gonna be in the toilet.
But who cares? It'll still make AMD cut prices on their chips (that we probably should have all bought a year ago when Fermi was "set to release".)
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March 5, 2010 2:08:16 AM


I was alos trying to look for the HDMI connector. Does it also has the feature to trounce ATI's Eyefinity? If not, too bad..
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March 5, 2010 2:28:11 AM

eVGA staff have stated on the eVGA forums that the 480 will do three and four way SLI on their 4 way capable boards!

nVidia also posted a video on youtube that includes benchmark (heaven) results showing it absolutely smoke a 5870 (30fps faster in the "tough" parts. I hope the third party benches are as good when they start to turn up!
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March 5, 2010 2:36:12 AM

at least this when release bring more option in market by forcing ATI to drop there prices....
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Anonymous
March 5, 2010 2:46:47 AM

Dear ATI fanbois - this is the image you've been seeing in your nightmares.

Signed - DaBoogeyman
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March 5, 2010 2:47:19 AM

Fermi... named after the power plant that will be required to run this thing.
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March 5, 2010 2:50:36 AM

rhino13That chip is 4cmX4cm. Yeilds are gonna be in the toilet.But who cares? It'll still make AMD cut prices on their chips (that we probably should have all bought a year ago when Fermi was "set to release".)


Now it's a year ago? I'd like to see a link to an official Nvidia release saying Fermi was due in March 2009.

Also, history shows us it will take a long while for ATI's prices to be impacted much. Not unless Nvidia wants to go down the same road of fiscal hell ATI has been through in the past and sell their next gen cards for nearly no profit.. I don't see that happening.
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March 5, 2010 3:14:18 AM

vaughn2kI was alos trying to look for the HDMI connector. Does it also has the feature to trounce ATI's Eyefinity? If not, too bad..

Nvidia's multi display solution in their Geforce 400 series will definitely not "trounce" Eyefinity. There are three digital outputs, two DVI and what appears to be a mini HDMI; while ATI's 5000 series (high and mid-range) cards have support for four digital outputs. We'll probably have to wait until March 26th to see if the three outputs on the GTX 480/470 can be populated at the same time.

This is just another example of the diverging features coming to market from these two companies.
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March 5, 2010 3:25:20 AM

The more or less reality is that GTX470 is less powerful than a HD5870, the first will cost more, consume more.

GTX480 will be just 5-10% faster than HD5870, it will cost way more, near HD5970 price if not even more. Eats a lot of watts(275w), near HD5970 consumption (290w).

HD5970 is like 60-70% faster than HD5870.


HD58** released six months ago.


That's your broken and unfixable fermi. And lets not forget that real deal is the HD5850 with it great OC'ng skills and two paired in CF.

Hope Ati lowers prices, that's the only thing that matters, Fermi will be a fiasco, mark my words.
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March 5, 2010 3:54:40 AM

I don't care about looking at the card if there aren't any benches to go with it!
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March 5, 2010 4:01:34 AM

rhino13That chip is 4cmX4cm. Yeilds are gonna be in the toilet.But who cares? It'll still make AMD cut prices on their chips (that we probably should have all bought a year ago when Fermi was "set to release".)

gf100 is large, but it's no where near 4cm X 4cm (don't know if you meant that as an extreme over exaggeration). That would result in a die area around 1600mm², completely unheard of. Even gt200 was 2.4cm X 2.4cm (576mm²), and it's pretty clear from the images we've seen so far that gf100 is definitely not any larger then gt200. In fact from the latest leaked images, gf100 seems to be closer in size to g80 then anything else, probably closer to 2.2cm X 2.2cm.

And Fermi wasn't set to be released a year ago, it was originally set for release in the fourth quarter of 2009, but was delayed a quarter to the first quarter of 2010. hmmm... questionable information you've got there.
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March 5, 2010 4:31:40 AM

They dident do a very good job at censoring the card. You can still tell it uses an 8 and 6 power pin as well as the shadow of the PCIE slot is clearly visible.
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March 5, 2010 4:42:55 AM

Just release it already
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March 5, 2010 5:30:04 AM

@NVidia fanboys: Size is no guarantee of power. Wait for the benches.

I would like to point out history. During the GeForce 5/6/7 days, ATi used to dominate. Then NV came along with the 8' and 9's. Make no mistake, the ATI HD 2000's and 3000's were nowhere near as fast. Then along came the 4870-80% as fast as a GTX280 at half the price. In all probability, ATI is going to kick NV for the next year or two, after which NV will kick ati, and then ATi will kick....you get my drift.
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March 5, 2010 5:35:04 AM

just give me the price :D ,
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March 5, 2010 6:34:45 AM

I would be highly surprised if the GTX480 doesn't perform atleast 25% faster then the HD5870. What matters most is transistors, and with 50% more transistors in the GTX480 it should perform nearly 50% faster. If it performs less then 25% above the HD5870, it would be a poor use of so many transistors.
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March 5, 2010 7:28:54 AM

Restatement3dOfTedYou and me both, brother. Only reason I haven't pulled the trigger on a 58xx yet is because I'm waiting to see if nVidia's launch either (a) drops the price of the 5xxx cards, or (b) coincides with ATI releasing an HD 5890. Either way, or even if neither of those events occurs, ATI gets my business once Fermi launches!

Agree also waiting for the release so we can have a 5870 2.0 version or a price reduction, coz we all know its gonna happen :)  comes patience comes great booty.....
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March 5, 2010 7:50:06 AM

You are good, but can you beat the 5970?
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March 5, 2010 9:26:44 AM

Those parts are censored to protect their sources.
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Anonymous
March 5, 2010 9:39:32 AM

Consumers ATi and Nvidia FTW!!!!!!!!!!!
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March 5, 2010 10:37:20 AM

I'm interested in seeing this GPU's performance, I personally have a preference towards nvidia over ati... They need something to compete with the 58**'s..
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March 5, 2010 12:20:07 PM

I agree with all that could give a crap about the pic. Where the HELL are the benches? With the site name Tweakers.net they sure as hell don't live up to there name. They should change it to "We Take Pictures" and we are good at it.
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March 5, 2010 1:18:35 PM

NapoleonDKWith every little news blurb, my stomach gets this sick feeling... Sincere prayer: Dear God, I hope Fermi succeeds! (But only so I can pick up my HD5870 for cheap!) Amen.

LOLIRL!
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March 5, 2010 2:01:16 PM

they hid it because it uses agp lol
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March 5, 2010 2:28:52 PM

GIVE US THE BENCHMARKS ALREADY DAMMIT
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