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Report: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 & 470
by Damien Triolet
Published on April 22, 2010

At last! After a wait of many months, the GF100 has finally shown itself in the form of the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470, whose release date has been pushed back on many occasions. Indeed there has been another postponement, hopefully the last (!), and boards are finally arriving, but in low volume, since mid-April. Should you rush to get one of the first pieces ? Does this GPU live up to the hype? How does it do in SLI?

3 billion transistors for gaming
The GF100, first incarnation of Fermi, NVIDIA’s new architecture, has already been the object of a great deal of discussion. Here at BeHardware, we have already produced two articles detailing the architecture:

Nvidia Fermi: the revolution in GPU Computing
Nvidia GeForce GF100: the geometric revolution?

We aren’t going to go back over all the architectural details here as we’ve already covered them thoroughly in these previous two articles. Instead we’re going to concentrate on the graphics performance of this 3 billion transistor monster. While the GF100 represents a significant advance in terms of GPU Computing, graphics is still of course the main market, something NVIDIA has been very much aware of from conception and in contrast to what it may have seemed to be saying at times. NVIDIA hasn’t forgotten gamers in its search for new markets but has taken a risk in trying to play at both tables: 3D and computing. This is partly why the GF100 is so late.

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