Tuesday, March 16th 2010

GeForce GTX 480 has 480 CUDA Cores?

In several of its communications about Fermi as a GPGPU product (Next-Gen Tesla series) and GF100 GPU, NVIDIA mentioned the GF100 GPU to have 512 physical CUDA cores (shader units) on die. In the run up to the launch of GeForce 400 series however, it appears as if GeForce GTX 480, the higher-end part in the series will have only 480 of its 512 physical CUDA cores enabled, sources at Add-in Card manufacturers confirmed to Bright Side of News. This means that 15 out of 16 SMs will be enabled. It has a 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface holding 1536 MB of memory.

This could be seen as a move to keep the chip's TDP down and help with yields. It's unclear if this is a late change, because if it is, benchmark scores of the product could be different when it's finally reviewed upon launch. The publication believes that while the GeForce GTX 480 targets a price point around $449-499, while the GeForce GTX 470 is expected to be priced $299-$349. The GeForce GTX 470 has 448 CUDA cores and a 320-bit GDDR5 memory interface holding 1280 MB of memory. In another report by Donanim Haber, the TDP of the GeForce GTX 480 is expected to be 298W, with GeForce GTX 470 at 225W. NVIDIA will unveil the two on the 26th of March.

Sources: Bright Side of News, DonanimHaber
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79 Comments on GeForce GTX 480 has 480 CUDA Cores?

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Kenshai
the54thvoid said:
oops, my bad.

But... just clicked it there. What am i seeing? The same GTX 480 - no clock details so why speculate about it's overclockiness?

and this...

launch a special limited edition packaging and a limited number will be incorporated into a number of media is currently being carried out in order first to be sold.

....means jack all. Except perhaps to imply there will be added incentive given away with card (such as the razer mice).

Now, if indeed it is fact that razer mice are being given away with the cards, this indicates Nvidia's massive investment in marketing this card. If it were stand alone superb, it wouldnt require quite so much *ahem* pomp and ceremony and whoring it out with other peripherals.

Or is it, Buy a Razer Deathadder and get a free GTX 470?
A lot of card manufacturers give away games and stuff, I understand a mouse doesn't fall under the same category. But I believe it's due to the vendor rather than Nvidia.
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eidairaman1
Kenshai said:
A lot of card manufacturers give away games and stuff, I understand a mouse doesn't fall under the same category. But I believe it's due to the vendor rather than Nvidia.
For 1 most good mice cost more than a DVD and also Mice production is way higher creating additional weight to a container or make it bigger which in turn means more wasted material and more money spent to produce the packaging when it is really not needed. Plus if the Mouse that is included with the package fails You would have to get a RMA for it which means more wasted time and money from several companies.
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Wile E
Power User
nt300 said:
Fudzilla gets info quite fast mostly before anybody else. It based on speculation same with Semiacurate and The Inquirer. Nothing wrong with that because most of hte time they are right on the money an before anybody else.
Ummmm, no they aren't. There's a reason they are no longer allowed as a source in TPU's new section.
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Kenshai
eidairaman1 said:
For 1 most good mice cost more than a DVD and also Mice production is way higher creating additional weight to a container or make it bigger which in turn means more wasted material and more money spent to produce the packaging when it is really not needed. Plus if the Mouse that is included with the package fails You would have to get a RMA for it which means more wasted time and money from several companies.
Wasn't arguing this point, just stating that Nvidia doesn't usually decide what incentives will go for with a card.
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