First Fermi Card Names Confirmed

"It appears Nvidia has decided to skip the GT300 series name for now, with the first Fermi cards bearing a GTX400 designation."

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According to Expreview, who in turn have heard from a "reliable source," Nvidia have confirmed the names of the first Fermi-based desktop graphics cards.  Contrary to earlier reports, Nvidia will be skipping the GT300 series naming scheme for the moment, instead releasing the first two cards with the designations of GTX480 and GTX470.

The new cards are expected to go to market late next month.  Despite this looming release date, there's still no word on what type of clock frequencies we are likely to expect nor concrete pricing.  There's little doubt that it'll cost a pretty penny, though with the 40nm process yield issues supposedly resolved, perhaps pricing will be lower than previously expected.

It seems a bit odd that Nvidia is deciding to skip the GT300 series naming scheme when so many previous reports appeared to have it nailed down (with the first cards being the GTX380 and GTX360).  Perhaps they want to open things with a bang and make a statement, saying the Fermi architecture is two steps ahead of their current cards. 

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22-01-2010, 06:48:09

siravarice
So my new build is moving along slowly and instead of going for an air cooled system I have grown the nuts to go for a water cooled one.

I want to cool the CPU and the Graphics card (soon to be an i5 750). The graphics card at the moment is a GTX 260 core 216. But I will be upgrading to one of the fermi cards (most likely) if their performance is a great deal better than the current 200 series cards.

Could someone tot up a total of how much it would cost, and what parts I would need to do this? The main one is the CPU, I will assume a block for the graphics card will cost around £60.

The case is a silverstone TJ07. I was thinking two separate loops, but if it could be done with one that would probably save me money. And yes, I am open to getting one of those massive reservoirs that sit in the optical drive bays.

Any help would be great thanks.

EDIT: Could I mount a Liang DDC 1 T PRO pump on to the back of an optical drive reservoir?

22-01-2010, 22:08:26

ivanho614
Im not going to price everything out for you, because honestly I don't know how much you want to spend or how crazy you want to go. But with a Tj07 you have plenty of options. To cool the i5 and a gpu you can drop a 480 rad in the bottom and use a quality cpu block maybe a heatkiller or Ek. If you want a bay res u can use one of XSPC 5.25 bay res pump combos. Personally I dislike bay reservoirs and would just get a aftermarket res top for your pump and keep it in the bottom of the case with your radiator. I don't know how hot the new generation of nvidia stuff will be but like I said with the tj07 you have lots of options for adding a second rad dedicated to the gpu if you want to upgrade later on. So in summary Yes you can cool both things with one loop, and you can get a res pump combo if you want that look. BTW google around for Tj07 builds (there hundreds) you will get some ideas.

23-01-2010, 03:58:21

siravarice
Ok thanks ivan. Will have a look at what other people are doing first. I've never done watercooling before so If I work out what I want to cool and with what parts, could you h elp me with length of tubing and the right barbs? They are the things I definitely don't want to get wrong!

23-01-2010, 09:44:38

tinytomlogan
get 3 or 4 m of tube, it doesnt cost much so its better to allow for mistakes. get 7/16 hose and 1/2 barbs.

With watercooling its all or nothing, you need to go carefull with 260s as there is loads of different versions. I hope you have a 55nm version?

23-01-2010, 16:29:49

ivanho614
Yeah like Tom said you will want about 3-4 meters and half inch barbs, the tubing on another hand is personal preference 7/16 is great but it requires a little effort to get it on the barbs, but as a result will look very clean. If you like the fatter looking tubing what you want is 1/2 id 3/4 od tubing in this situation you will also need some clamps to keep the tubing tight on the barbs. The 7/16 id and the 1/2 id tubing will preform almost exactly the same. I would say pass on the block for you 260 right now because you would be better off saving for that Fermi and a block down the road.

24-01-2010, 18:17:33

siravarice
Ok thanks for the advice guys.
Here's a quick GPU-Z for you Tom. It's the 55nm one yes.
[IMG]http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu181/siravarice/GPUZforTOM.jpg[/IMG]

Will probs hold off for the waterblock though, as Ivan said it would be better to save for a fermi and waterblock for that.

The 1/2" tubing with 7/16" sounds like the better option. I certainly don't want any leaks and I want it to look as clean as possible.

18-02-2010, 20:16:30

Epicpccases
If you are overclocking, do the NB and CPU at the very least. Dont worry about the gfx card, ocing that wont give you much more performance but will dump a heap of heat into your loop.
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