Take this one with a grain of salt (and a pound of optimism), but it appears we're closing in on the release of another GeForce GTX 480 videocard, only this time it won't be gimped. Pictures showing what's believed to be the reference design for Nvidia's upcoming GF100 graphics PCB have started popping up on the Web, each one watermarked by board partner Little Tiger.
In the picture, the PCB looks nearly identical to Nvidia's existing GTX 480 PCB, only with a stronger VRM with high-C surface-mount capacitors. Also visible are two 8-pin PCI-Express connectors.
While this is all pretty much speculation at this point, it's at least likely that Nvidia would end up calling the new card a GTX 485. Chinese website EXPreview, which is usually on top of such things, suggests that the GTX 485 will sport 512 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, and a slightly higher-clocked GPU (724MHz).
The number of Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 videocards in EVGA's stable now sits at four, the latest being the GeForce GTX 480 SuperClocked + w/ High Flow Bracket and Backplate.
Everything that sets this card apart from the rest is laid out in the uber-long naming scheme, starting with the SuperClocked+ frequencies. EVGA goosed the GPU clockspeed from 700MHz to 726MHz, the same as on the vanilla SuperClocked version, and cranked the memory from 3696MHz to 3800MHz, also the same as the standard SuperClocked model.
Unique to this particular card, however is the backplate slapped to the underside of the card. Along with the high flow bracket, EVGA claims temperatures are reduced by up to 7C.
No word on when it will ship, only that it will run $550, at least if purchased direct from EVGA. The graphics maker also sells a reference GeForce GTX 480 for $520, SuperClocked model for $530, and the Hydro Copper FTW version (for water cooling setups) for $650.
A little over a week ago, Turkish website Donanimhaber leaked almost everything you cared to know about Nvidia's upcoming GeForce GTX 465 videocard. Almost. Missing from the spec sheet was just how much power the card would consume, which according to the latest report from news and rumor site Fudzilla will be 200W.
Assuming Fudzilla is correct, that's 15W less than the GTX 470 and a full 50W less than the mighty GeForce GTX 480. Fudzilla went on to say that the thermal threshold for the 40nm chip will stay at 105C, just like both of the higher-end Fermi parts.
Nothing else has changed from what we last heard about this card. You can expect a pair of 6-pin power connectors, 1024MB of onboard memory, a 256-bit memory interface, and everything else we last reported (see here).
Stanford's Folding@home team has released a beta client for Nvidia GTX 400 series GPUs. It's the first F@h GPU client to achieve more than 1 microsecond per day performance, Nvidia says, who added that it worked closely with Stanford on this latest release.
Does all this sound Greek to you? In short, Folding@home is a distributed computing project run by Stanford University. The idea is to install the software on as many PCs as possible and combine all that computing power to help understand how proteins fold. By doing so, scientists hope to better understand (and eventually find cures for) diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and others. Folding@home takes a backseat to other tasks, only tapping into unused CPU (and in this case, GPU) cycles to do its thing.
To help keep things interesting, there's a strong competitive element to Folding@home in which you can join a team and help rack up points for bragging rights. If you want to join team Maximum PC (team 11108), check out this forum for more info.
The beta client mentioned above is only for Nvidia GTX 4xx owners and requires the latest Nvidia graphics drivers (197.45). However, Vijay Pande, director of the Folding@hom project, says his team is "actively pushing ATI support (with the help of AMD/ATI)," although there's no ETA just yet.
The latest chatter from the graphics rumor mill is that Nvidia is hard at work readying a dual-GPU fermi part the company plans to call "GTX 490."
According to kitguru.net, which "continue[s] to look under the rocks in Taiwan," the GTX 490 will in all likelihood use a pair of GTX 470 processors. From what they gather, the power draw will be around 375W. That means you can probably expect some downclocking under the hood, as the GTX 470 draws 215W as a standalone card.
There really aren't any other details to go on, though that could (and probably will) change by the time Computex rolls around. It will be interesting to see how the GTX 490 stacks up against ATI's recently introduced 4GB iteration of its dual-GPU HD 5970 card.
Computex is less than two weeks away, and it's during that time many are expecting Nvidia to announce a new graphics card, the GTX 465. Well, thanks to Turkish site Donanimhaber, the same site that accurately revealed GTX 470 and 480 specs ahead of launch, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Nvidia's upcoming GPU.
According to Donanimhaber, the GTX 465 is being built around the same GF100 core as the 470 and 480, but with five out of the 11 stream clusters turned off. That brings the stream processor count down to 352.
The core clockspeed will race along at 607MHz, the same as the GTX 470, while the stream processors will come clocked at 1,215MHz. You can expect 1GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus, along with two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors.
Sources from graphics card makers have been talking to news and rumor site DigiTimes about mainstream and entry-level versions of Nvidia's Fermi-based GeForce GTX 470 and 480 videocards. According to the tech chatter, the mainstream model will come built about Nvidia's GF106 core and ship in July, while the entry-level part will use the GF108 core and make its debut in August.
Meanwhile, Nvidia will target the mid-range market with its upcoming GeForce GTX 460 (GF104) videocard, which is expected to ship in early June for $299. According to German website 3DCenter.org, the GTX 460 will come with 256 shader cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and feature a 256-bit memory bus.
Pricing on the GF106 and GF108 is expected to be around $180 and $100, respectively, according to sources. Naturally, Nvidia wasn't willing to comment on unannounced products, so take these price points with a grain of salt.
Nvidia's new Fermi architecture is hot, loud, and naturally something you would want to put on your lap right? Well the guys over at Eurocom are hoping so, and are planning on offering Nvidia's GTX 480M on upcoming desktop replacement laptops instead of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870.
So far little is known about the new Nvidia part which has yet to be confirmed officially, but we are willing to guess it shares many of the common benefits and drawbacks of its larger desktop siblings. We expect to see excellent performance, along with a voltage and thermal profile that will probably have people mistaking your power brick for a Playstation 3.
The Eurocom laptops featuring the new GPU start at 17-inches and larger, suggesting that this mobile part probably won't be coming to ultra portables anytime soon. If on the other hand you are on the market for a desktop replacement or gaming notebook you might want to hold off just a bit longer.
We'll have to reserve final judgment until we see one in action, but I'm willing to bet this isn't something you'll want to use on your lap if you ever plan on having kids. Anyone care to speculate on the GTX 480M?
In an interview with DigiTimes, Nvidia's general manager of MCP business Drew Henry fielded a variety of questions and in some cases, offered up a little more than just canned responses. Other times it was a bit of a mixed bag, such as when he was asked to address the rumors that Nvidia gimped Fermi's core count in response to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) low yields.
"Nvidia does not comment on unannounced products; however, we have a chance to launch a graphics chip with 512 cores in the future," Henry said. "TSMC's yields for its 40nm process has met our expectations and market rumors about the yields being lower than 20% are completely untrue. We currently have everything under control."
Henry also didn't shy away from commenting on Nvidia's relationship with XFX, a one-time exclusive partner who now sells both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
"I need to make two clarifications, one is that Nvidia's share of the graphics card market in the past six months has seen steady growth and did not drop," Henry explained. "Another one is that XFX is not a close partner of Nvidia and the company has a lot of partners such as Asustek computer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Gigabyte Technology, and Zotac that we are currently working closely with."
On the topic of Fermi's heat output and increased power consumption, Henry said he believes consumers won't mind paying a "little higher electricity bill in exchange for 10 percent more performance."
Forget for a moment that you still can't hop over to Newegg or any other online vendor in the U.S. and place an order for an in-stock Fermi graphics card. What you can do, however, is window shop as more product pictures continue to trickle out, including ones of Inno3D's Black Freezer GTX 480 and GTX 470 videocards.
Both variants come with the same Black Freezer watercooling block, which covers not just the GPU but nearly the entire front slab of silicon. Given what we know so far about Fermi's power requirements and tendency to run hot, we expect to see quite a few vendors try to cash in with watercooled models.
Other than the pics, Inno3D has been pretty quiet about these upcoming cards. There's no product page, press release, or any word on whether or not there's a bit of factory overclocking taking place. And of course no word yet on price, though Fudzilla claims to have heard that the waterblock might be offered as both a pre-installed and standalone option.