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GeForce 196.78 Beta Driver Runs GTX 470

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

Details of the GeForce GTX 470 leaks out thanks to a beta driver system dialog screen.

With Nvidia's GF100-based GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 cards launching in just over two weeks, it should surprise no one that details of the new GPUs have been leaked from a beta driver release.

Softpedia cites Czech website PCTuning as identifying beta GeForce drivers version 196.78 as supporting the GeForce GTX 470. The driver system dialog screen revealed a few key details.

According to PCTuning's findings, the GeForce GTX will have 448 CUDA cores or SIMD units and come equipped with 1,280MB of GDDR5 on a 320-bit interface. The memory clock is at 1GHz, but the effective speed is multiplied to 4GHz for a memory bandwidth of 160GB/s.

Stay tuned as more Fermi details release over the next couple of weeks. For those of you who missed it, check out Nvidia's showing of a GeForce GTX 480 pitted against an ATI Radeon 5870.

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    chess , March 10, 2010 11:04 PM
    i'm excited to see the new Nvidia cards but more excited to see how ATI will respond (crossing fingers for price cut!)
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    sabot00 , March 10, 2010 11:04 PM
    Want solid benches.
    nVidia - "Are you ready?"
    US - "We've been since October!!!"
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    njkid3 , March 10, 2010 11:18 PM
    if the past driver is any indication you can expect it to cause a small thermonuclear explosion when used with a fermi card
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  • 4 Hide
    mianmian , March 10, 2010 10:58 PM
    Hope no delay this time.
  • 15 Hide
    chess , March 10, 2010 11:04 PM
    i'm excited to see the new Nvidia cards but more excited to see how ATI will respond (crossing fingers for price cut!)
  • 15 Hide
    sabot00 , March 10, 2010 11:04 PM
    Want solid benches.
    nVidia - "Are you ready?"
    US - "We've been since October!!!"
  • 1 Hide
    LATTEH , March 10, 2010 11:10 PM
    Yes i can't wait Prices on older cards will go down right one my birth day :D 
  • 7 Hide
    tipmen , March 10, 2010 11:11 PM
    I just want some competition! competition = lower prices.
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    alvine , March 10, 2010 11:16 PM
    competition is good! i want $300 5870
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    njkid3 , March 10, 2010 11:18 PM
    if the past driver is any indication you can expect it to cause a small thermonuclear explosion when used with a fermi card
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    nfail , March 10, 2010 11:20 PM
    All the world was worried about the large hadron collider causing a mini black hole but instead it's going to be fermi with nVidia's latest drivers. We're doomed.
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    sarsoft , March 10, 2010 11:25 PM
    When these come out its going to very intresting to see comparison of the benchies. nVidia vs ATI.

    I hope the prices will drop $700 is just crazy for these cards

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    Trueno07 , March 10, 2010 11:25 PM
    chessi'm excited to see the new Nvidia cards but more excited to see how ATI will respond (crossing fingers for price cut!)


    That's what i'm excited for!
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    Elementgreen , March 10, 2010 11:25 PM
    I'm hoping this means that new official drivers are on the way. I'm still on beta drivers for my 260 gtx (the beta that fixed the OC issue). Not that its a bad thing, especially since that I've had no problems with my card's fan or tempurature. Sorta gives me an irrational sense of insecurity. Anxiety disorder FTW.

    I'm pretty hopeful for the Fermi. A lot of people went into fanboy mode at the benchmarks, though; which is strange considering the benchmark was based on tesselation. It's still not a very solid indicator of how well the card will stand up to ATI's 5 series. I'm staying optimistic : D, and saving my money for a while to see who comes out as the victor.
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    mister g , March 10, 2010 11:28 PM
    +1, hey maybe ATI will release another chip to try to steal the show! But a price cut is nice too.
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    husker , March 10, 2010 11:29 PM
    chessi'm excited to see the new Nvidia cards but more excited to see how ATI will respond (crossing fingers for price cut!)


    Me too, but I don't think it will happen soon. Just a guess but here is my prediction:
    Nvidia will claim their product is superior and price their cards slightly higher than their ATI counterparts. Supply pressure will then raise the price of the cards higher than the original MSRP (similar to what happened with radeon 5850's and 5870's) ATI will be more than happy to keep the price status quo and try to out-market Nvidia using features like eye-finity, lower power consumption, and cooler temperatures as selling points in favor of their product.

    Also, since ATI has placed a variety of cards at every price point, lowering the cost of one card will require them to lower the price of every card at each price point. But they won't want to do this right away, since Nvidia will not have all there price point cards out at once, but will likely roll them out over a period of months like ATI did.
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    spoofedpacket , March 10, 2010 11:34 PM
    ElementgreenA lot of people went into fanboy mode at the benchmarks/citation]

    All I saw was a lot of posts of people under some broken assumption it will cause AMD to lower their prices immediately. Kind of like half of this thread. It is apparently the new trendy thing to say.

    dreamphantom_1977But the 470 isn't the top part its the bottom part


    Careful, they are supposedly dealing with trolls, but nothing will stop being thumbs downed into obscurity by calling out a FUD site for spreading bad information after people used it as their own troll bible for the past few weeks.


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    jezzarisky , March 10, 2010 11:39 PM
    I'm still curious what the other clocks are set at. But I guess one of three is good.
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    ddkshah , March 10, 2010 11:40 PM
    160 GB/s memory? Not that great as i see it. 5870 has 153 GB/s so not a great upgrade. Also 5870 will be its competition. I suspect the 470 will beat the 5870 by ~10-20%
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    nfail , March 10, 2010 11:42 PM
    lol no way will the 470 beat the 5870. 10-20% faster? sorry you're dreaming.
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    shadow187 , March 10, 2010 11:48 PM
    HD5K refresh or HD6K will implement more tessellation if necessary (probably).
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    bdcrlsn , March 10, 2010 11:54 PM
    I yet again wonder why nVidia chooses odd amounts of memory for their videocards.
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    rang0046 , March 11, 2010 12:09 AM
    all amd has to do is lower 5870 to $300 thats all and kill all nvidia billed up to fermi launch even thoug fermi still cant beat ati and i bet my entire bank book on that its too late the horse done gone through the gate
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