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SPIED: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Board Shot

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

The big daddy Fermi is stripped naked for all to see. Naughty bits are censored, though.

With CeBit underway in Germany, Nvidia is quietly showing off its GF100-based silicon ahead of its March 26 official unveil.

Earlier this week, we already caught a glimpse of the GeForce GTX 470 with its cutout vents that will work together with the cooler. Now Dutch site Tweakers.net (translated) has a few pictures of the GeForce GTX 480, which shows the GPU without a cooler in the way.

Tweakers.net notes that the package is stamped with an A2 revision, meaning that it may not be final silicon since an A3 is known to exist as well. The site notes that there are 12 chips of 128MB each, making up 1.5GB of RAM. There are also two SLI connectors for the possibility of three-way SLI.

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    NapoleonDK , March 4, 2010 10:47 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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    cheepstuff , March 4, 2010 11:02 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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    Marco925 , March 4, 2010 10:35 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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    XD_dued , March 4, 2010 10:36 PM
    Wow that chip is large. Wonder how yields will be...
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    xaira , March 4, 2010 10:37 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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    NapoleonDK , March 4, 2010 10:47 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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    eklipz330 , March 4, 2010 10:51 PM
    i heard it could make me breakfast

    well... fry my eggs at least... that's innovation
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    cheepstuff , March 4, 2010 11:02 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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    restatement3dofted , March 4, 2010 11:05 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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    nforce4max , March 4, 2010 11:08 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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    jezzarisky , March 4, 2010 11:20 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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    ptroen , March 4, 2010 11:22 PM
    To be honest all this hyping of a late NVIDIA launch has me wondering what AMD is cooking up.
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    gamebrigada , March 4, 2010 11:41 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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    chess , March 4, 2010 11:42 PM
    that card is as long as my...
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    marcusmurphy , March 4, 2010 11:43 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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    gamebrigada , March 4, 2010 11:46 PM
    Or it might plug into 2 pcie 2.0 ports.
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    nforce4max , March 4, 2010 11:51 PM
    gamebrigadaOr it might plug into 2 pcie 2.0 ports.


    o.O
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2010 11:57 PM
    there are numbers on the pci-e connecter
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2010 12:27 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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    Shadow703793 , March 5, 2010 12:53 AM
    @nVidia: three words: WHERE IS FERMI!?!?!
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    itheral , March 5, 2010 12:56 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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    falchard , March 5, 2010 1:07 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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