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Nvidia Fermi Renders Look Ultra Realistic

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Visuals stemming from Nvidia's Fermi may make you do a double-take.

Memorex used to have a very catchy slogan: is it live, or is it Memorex? That very slogan came to mind when viewing a few outlandishly realistic renders here on a Chinese forum. Thanks to Nvidia's Fermi hardware, virtual realism has taken a huge step towards mimicking reality to the point of asking: is it real, or is it a render? A "dramatic upgrade" doesn't justify the visual leap Nvidia has made in virtually recreating faces and environments.

Fermi, the company's next-generation CUDA architecture, is jammed pack with more than 30 million transistors and a maximum of 512 CUDA cores "enabling supercomputer performance," as the forum post states. If the leaked images are indeed genuine--showing fantastic ray tracing goodness, facial hair, and even defined skin pores (sans zits)--then gamers have a lot to look forward to when Nvidia launches the GeForce 300 series... possibly by the end of the year.

Electronista points out that a second set of forum users have noted that Nvidia confirmed the launch of notebook versions of Fermi. While the supposed release date is a vague "near future," it's estimated that the chipsets will be aimed at the mid-to-low end laptops. The GTS 360M will serve as the company's mobile performance chip, and the GT 225M and GT 330M will be geared towards mainstream models. Low-end systems will likely integrate the GeForce 310M and 305M GPUs.

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    Anonymous , October 30, 2009 7:17 PM
    Fake . Pips Labs is a FX Studio. This is rendered stuff.

    http://onesize.nl/projects/playgrounds-titles-2009
    http://vimeo.com/6947473
    http://motionographer.com/theater/onesize-playground-titles/
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    precariousgray , October 30, 2009 6:42 PM
    These aren't the renders you're looking for.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 30, 2009 6:43 PM
    Kevin ParrishFermi, the company's next-generation CUDA architecture, is jammed pack with more than 30 million transistors


    no , its 3,000 million or 3 billion as per nvidia's site
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    Anonymous , October 30, 2009 6:33 PM
    these are not renders, these are photo projections from a photo taken by a digital camera
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    imrul , October 30, 2009 6:40 PM
    cool
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    precariousgray , October 30, 2009 6:42 PM
    These aren't the renders you're looking for.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 30, 2009 6:43 PM
    Kevin ParrishFermi, the company's next-generation CUDA architecture, is jammed pack with more than 30 million transistors


    no , its 3,000 million or 3 billion as per nvidia's site
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    cyberkuberiah , October 30, 2009 6:46 PM
    what nvidia really needs to do is have some awesome DirectX drivers for this stuff ... for the fullest performance . i suspect that although it'll beat 5870 CF or X2 easily , the thing to watch for is its price .
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    CoryInJapan , October 30, 2009 6:46 PM
    Wow very nice.I glimps at what PC games will look like after the next gen of consoles finally come around.
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    joebob2000 , October 30, 2009 6:47 PM
    cyberkuberiahno , its 3,000 million or 3 billion as per nvidia's site


    Yeah 30 million doesn't seem that impressive considering a super common Core2 Duo chip has 291M and the Geforce 200 series has 1,400M. Tom's "Hardware"? Go read a book about transistors...
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    cyberkuberiah , October 30, 2009 6:48 PM
    ZirbmonkeyAmazing Pics! A huge leap in rendering generations. But one thing left out is... how fast can it render those images? Sure they're ultra-photo-realistic. But that's just the rendering architecture's software to make it possible. If it takes 5 mins to render a 1080p slide in ultra-detail, when it speaks nothing about the GPU, other than that the GPU is what made the frame.


    from google's chinese to english translation it is mentioned "real time rendering" on the original forum . lets hope this is true . and yes , truly amazing pics , the first i'd call photo realistic in real time rendering history .
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    kageryu , October 30, 2009 6:49 PM
    It's beautiful...*cries*
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    Hitokage , October 30, 2009 6:52 PM
    Is that second picture really rendered? It looks real. That's... disturbing.
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    lemonade4 , October 30, 2009 6:52 PM
    will it be able to run crysis 2?
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    cyberkuberiah , October 30, 2009 6:54 PM
    more than 2x shaders than gtx285, and considering its mimd with half speed (ati is 1/5 speed in hd 5000 , gtx285 is 1/8 speed) double precision FP , this thing really has the potential for more than "just" 2 x gtx285 . i am waiting for benchmarks , but repeating myself , with mature drivers .
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    roofus , October 30, 2009 6:55 PM
    soldier37Let the nvidia fanboys rejoice, I'll put my 2 5870s in xfire against it any day!


    you just painted yourself as the biggest fanboi here so far.
    articles like this don't get much mileage as far as i am concerned. a couple screenshots of a render do not tell me a thing at all.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 30, 2009 6:58 PM
    lemonade4will it be able to run crysis 2?


    definitely , and beyond that ! but lets keep our fingers crossed on one matter : they haven't announced pricing yet .
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    tipoo , October 30, 2009 7:06 PM
    Graphics card tech demo's are bull, period. Sure it can render that by itself, but what about when there is an entire game running whith graphics of that level? I think not, Nvidia.
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    wira020 , October 30, 2009 7:11 PM
    THIS DOES NOT PROVE ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!

    Unless a video proves it... a photo is a photo.. and words on a forums of pro-nvidia... this is just software to me... and yes it is nice.. any gpu can render it but how fast will it do 1 shot.. i can hardly believe that after showing a mock sample at a conference nearly a month ago, they can already have it functional now... seriously..
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    brisingamen , October 30, 2009 7:16 PM
    yes all poppycock at the moment.
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    Anonymous , October 30, 2009 7:17 PM
    Fake . Pips Labs is a FX Studio. This is rendered stuff.

    http://onesize.nl/projects/playgrounds-titles-2009
    http://vimeo.com/6947473
    http://motionographer.com/theater/onesize-playground-titles/
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    jerreece , October 30, 2009 7:20 PM
    If that second picture is a real render, than holy cow.

    Although I'm a bit skeptical. It looks to much like a real photograph.
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    dheadley , October 30, 2009 7:20 PM
    I find it hard to believe that these pictures are being done in real time. They look to be scenes rendered in a 3D modeling application like Lightwave or Softimage to me.

    I've been playing around with 3D applications as a hobby since 3D Studio was a DOS application and looking at rendered scenes on Renderosity, RuntimeDNA, Deviantart and many other sites for years. I would love to see this kind of work in realtime, but it would take video cards that are more than usual 30% improvement, but 30x the previous generation.
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