Confirmed: Lower Cost Nvidia Cards This Summer

Friday we reported that Nvidia finally revealed its GeForce GTX 480 and 470, two powerhouse DirectX 11 graphics cards that certainly won't come cheap: around $500 for the GTX 480 and $350 for the GTX 470. Both cards will be manufactured "in-house," and won't appear on the market until the week of April 12. Gamers wanting Nvidia-style DX11 graphics but unwilling to donate organs for the 480 and 470 will eventually look for cheaper, value-priced versions.

Last week there were also reports that cheaper, DX11-capable Fermi-based GeForce graphics cards will be arriving sometime this summer, possibly June. We contacted Nvidia to find out whether this was the case or another churn in the rumor mill. According to the company, that is indeed the case, and was actually mentioned by Nvidia executives at a recent financial conference.

It's certainly clear that Nivida needs to churn out a few low-priced GF100 cards rather quick for the budget gamer. AMD has dominated the market with DX11 offerings for quite some time (since October), and has even launched its first sub-$100 DX11 Radeon card back in January. Despite Nvidia's demonstration of Fermi last week, the company clearly has a tough battle ahead.

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  • shin0bi272
    is this really that big of a deal though? Nvidia always unleashes a range of cards after a flagship card. They will just be lower end versions of the 480 with one of the models being smushed onto a dual card setup and turned into the fastest card nvidia can offer. So basically nvidia told you the song remains the same. Now if we could just get them to actually produce these cards on time and under budget the world would be covered in chocolate and gumdrops.
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  • mattfoo2324
    Still rocking a GTX 260 Core 216 since last April, hopefully a Radeon 5850 in my future, unless Nvidia steps up its game. Quickly. And without melting my computer in the process.
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  • trandoanhung1991
    Well, at leaste NVIDIA can brag about how their cards have super high SLI scaling in DX11 games. I can't wait to test their SLI scaling myself, when these value cards drop in.
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  • Anonymous
    Nice, can't afford a GTX 470 or 480 right now, but I do want a newer card. And since I dual-boot Linux, AMD is not an option(horrible drivers).
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  • shin0bi272
    is this really that big of a deal though? Nvidia always unleashes a range of cards after a flagship card. They will just be lower end versions of the 480 with one of the models being smushed onto a dual card setup and turned into the fastest card nvidia can offer. So basically nvidia told you the song remains the same. Now if we could just get them to actually produce these cards on time and under budget the world would be covered in chocolate and gumdrops.
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  • bhaberle
    shin0bi272is this really that big of a deal though? Nvidia always unleashes a range of cards after a flagship card. They will just be lower end versions of the 480 with one of the models being smushed onto a dual card setup and turned into the fastest card nvidia can offer. So basically nvidia told you the song remains the same. Now if we could just get them to actually produce these cards on time and under budget the world would be covered in chocolate and gumdrops.



    Can I have sprinkles and icecream with that? =P
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