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SPIED: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Board Shot

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Marco925
    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
    Wow that chip is large. Wonder how yields will be...
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  • xaira
    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
    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
    i heard it could make me breakfast

    well... fry my eggs at least... that's innovation
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  • cheepstuff
    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
    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
    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
    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
    To be honest all this hyping of a late NVIDIA launch has me wondering what AMD is cooking up.
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