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NVIDIA GeForce™ GTX 400 Series Launched

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# 1GiDeoN Mar 28 2010, 14:25 PM
NVIDIA has finally released the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 DirectX 11-compliant graphics cards.

The GeForce GTX 480 features the GF100 GPU based on 40 nm TSMC Process Technology. The GeForce GTX 480 core has 480 CUDA Cores, a Graphics Clock running at 700 MHz and a Processor Clock running at 1401 MHz. The GeForce GTX 480 runs 1536 MB GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit memory bus at 3696 MHz (effective) for 177.4 GB/s of bandwidth.

The GeForce GTX 470 features the GF100 GPU based on 40 nm TSMC Process Technology. The GeForce GTX 470 core has 448 CUDA Cores, a Graphics Clock running at 607 MHz and a Processor Clock running at 1215 MHz. The GeForce GTX 470 runs 1280 MB GDDR5 memory on a 320-bit memory bus at 3348 MHz (effective) for 133.9 GB/s of bandwidth.

Reviews of the GeForce GTX 400 Series have painted a mixed picture on the power, performance and pricing from the cards, certainly the power required and the subsequent heat produced may make some question longevity of the stock cooler cards;

Finally, with this data in hand we went to NVIDIA to ask about the longevity of their cards at these temperatures, as seeing the GTX 480 hitting 94C sustained in a game left us worried. In response NVIDIA told us that they have done significant testing of the cards at high temperatures to validate their longevity, and their models predict a lifetime of years even at temperatures approaching 105C (the throttle point for GF100). Furthermore as they note they have shipped other cards that run roughly this hot such as the GTX 295, and those cards have held up just fine.Source: AnandTech


When we focus solely on the GTX 480 now for a minute, substandard and topic of discussion obviously has to be the TDP -- the card when stressed will utilize nearly 250 Watts and that certainly is pretty steep power consumption, especially compared to ATI's Radeon 5870 with a TDP of only 188W. You are going to need a decently ventilated PC as the heat the GeForce GTX 480 produces is plentiful. Make no mistake, the card will get hot, very hot. So that's definitely something you need to keep in the back of your head. Source: Guru3D


The elaborate cooling mechanism does allow for some overclocking, although don't expect to set records with it. Anyone looking to top leaderboards even at the tech-forum level with the GTX 480 should spare some dough on at least water-cooling. This is where a slightly scary flip-side of the GTX 480 starts. The GPU runs extremely hot! NVIDIA set its thermal limits at a vaporizing 105 degrees Celsius. It's a pleasant 22 degrees this time of the year being Spring, but the GTX 480 still scores a scorching 96 degrees Celsius on typical gaming load. Crossing the 100 degrees mark won't be tough for this GPU in even slightly hotter places, especially with Summer coming up.Source: TechPowerUP


You can read more reviews and view the GeForce GTX 400 Series benchmark performance results below.Keep yourself updated on the latest Hardware and Technology news here at Gamereplays.org.


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# 2Guardian Mar 28 2010, 15:35 PM
They really timed this release badly. People need space heaters in the winter, not the spring sad.gif

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# 3GiDeoN Mar 28 2010, 15:47 PM
I guess it's the downside of the monolithic approach NVIDIA take with their GPU design.

Keep you nice and warm in the winter months though! tongue.gif

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# 4Frode789 Mar 28 2010, 15:55 PM
According to many of the tests, they reached over 100 C during some gaming, which made the GPU fan to reach over 70dB in noise levels. And of course, the card draws up to 300W..

I mean seriously, what a flop. I expected more after all the hyping from NVIDIA.

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# 5Vissario Mar 28 2010, 16:17 PM
For the 480 its 250watts.
Too bad they come so late with such a bad card. Seeing these temperatures, a dual gpu won't be possible, a die shrink would be very welcome here.
Until then ATI will still have the performance crown.

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# 6Engi Mar 28 2010, 16:20 PM
I wonder if it will even lower the prices of cards like the 5970.

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# 7lelderlAp0C Mar 28 2010, 20:32 PM
What a fail.

Nearly as bad as the 2900xt, but not quite there.

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# 8GiDeoN Mar 28 2010, 21:12 PM
QUOTE(iAmNoTiEnGi @ Mar 28 2010, 16:20 PM) *

I wonder if it will even lower the prices of cards like the 5970.


I seriously doubt it, i'm sure AMD/ATI will have a refresh soon, which might lower the prices a bit to make room for a 2GB 5870 etc.

QUOTE(|elder|Ap0C @ Mar 28 2010, 20:32 PM) *

What a fail.

Nearly as bad as the 2900xt, but not quite there.


Lol'd.

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# 9Guardian Mar 28 2010, 21:44 PM
What I want to see is a game that actually needs a new gen DX11 card to realize its full potential. None of this AvP or Dirt BS.

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# 10GiDeoN Mar 28 2010, 22:43 PM
BFBC2

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# 11lelderlAp0C Mar 28 2010, 23:31 PM
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BFBC2


I personally believe the Frostbyte engine is a heap of fail as well. Technically it is doing about 80% of the things that Cryengine2, as much more the cost.

This is because it is tuned towards consoles and their old GPU's. In BFBC2, shadows are actually rendered by the CPU, even on PC's. It is quite CPU limited. So a GPU performance increase, as a result of DX11, will probably not be noticed.

If you want to actually take advantage of DX11, I would recommend the new stalker. It takes advantage of tesselation, which is DX11 specific, and gives much higher detail models at less cost.

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# 12^Dr_PhiL Mar 29 2010, 01:36 AM
well at least now i know I won't doubt buying the radeon 5870 as nvidia clearly won't make any worthwhile competition for a while now.

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# 13seithon Mar 29 2010, 01:59 AM
This new card reminds me of the 5X00 range of Nvidia cards... the good ol dustbusters sleep.gif

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# 14Kibatsu Mar 29 2010, 07:18 AM
Hmm, I also waited for months for the launch of the 400 series, since I want to upgrade from my NVIDIA 8800 GTX; currently I'm mostly playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Although I am usually a NVIDIA fanboi, I'm quite disappointed by the new cards. Now I am playing with the thought of getting either a HD5850 or a HD5870 ... post-13661-1143531603.gif

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# 15Maverick Mar 29 2010, 10:08 AM
Though the specs are solid, specially with AA on, its not obliterated the 5800's. I am happy now I did not wait for Fermi and went with 5850.

Nice article btw.thumb.gif

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# 16GiDeoN Mar 29 2010, 12:18 PM
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Now I am playing with the thought of getting either a HD5850 or a HD5870 ... post-13661-1143531603.gif


Wait a little bit longer, the Eyefinity6 edition of the 5870 should be coming soon, plus there was talk of a 2GB refresh version, which may push down the prices of the 1GB cards.

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# 17Kibatsu Mar 29 2010, 12:21 PM
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Wait a little bit longer, the Eyefinity6 edition of the 5870 should be coming soon, plus there was talk of a 2GB refresh version, which may push down the prices of the 1GB cards.

Thanks GiDeoN, I was waiting for a tip like that. thumb.gif smile.gif

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# 18GiDeoN Mar 29 2010, 14:28 PM
I'm giving them until July to drop the prices before i decide to increase my gpu count regardless of pricing.

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# 19Kibatsu Mar 29 2010, 14:29 PM
meh, you think ATi will wait that long until they reduce their prices? sad.gif

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# 20GiDeoN Mar 29 2010, 16:27 PM
I hope not sad.gif

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