Report: Nvidia GTX 480 to Have Disabled Cores

Nvidia's road to bringing the GF100 to market has been a bumpy one that will finally reach its first stop this Friday March 26 with the launch of the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470.

According to a story from Digitimes, which Nvidia refused to comment on, TSMC's 40nm yield is currently still under 50 percent which could mean that some GPUs are coming out less than perfect.

Rather than completely toss out the chip, Nvidia could disable the bad cores. Digitimes says that this resulted in a lower core count than the original 512; the GeForce GTX 480 will only have 480 cores and GTX 470 only 448, the website reported.

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  • shmung
    The more and more i read about these cards the less and less i think the 5800 series will drop in price, but i have waited this long for a new card i could hold out till the official benchmarks come out.
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  • RazberyBandit
    Speculations won't stop til Friday. Even if this is true, if they work, that's what counts. GTX260's technically had 240 cores, originally with 48 disabled, then 32. It's just teething pains.

    I'd be more concerned with just how much power these things will consume. The ~290W figures are just plain scary.
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  • shmung
    The more and more i read about these cards the less and less i think the 5800 series will drop in price, but i have waited this long for a new card i could hold out till the official benchmarks come out.
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  • tipoo
    6 months late, AMD already has near a dozen DX11 parts out, this will likely cost more than equivalent AMD cards (based on transistor count and yields), and run hotter and louder to top it all off.


    *Starts slow clap for Nvidia*
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