nVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 cards were soft launched on Friday, and OEM partner Gigabyte today listed both cards in the form of its GV-N470D5-13I-B and GV-N480D5-15I-B respectively. Both cards have almost exactly the same specifications as the reference cards from nVIDIA.
The higher of the two cards, the GTX 480 features a GF100 GPU that has been clocked at 700MHz. Gigabyte has loaded it up with 1,536MB of GDDR5 memory running at 3,696MHz and a shader that is clocked at 1401MHz. The memory interface is a 384-bit one and the card also has 480 CUDA cores, 60 texture units, and a 250W TDP.
The GTX 470 card carries 448 cores with 56 texture units and 1,280MB of GDDR5 VRAM. Gigabyte has clocked its GPU at 607MHz and the memory at 3,348MHz while its shader runs at 1,215MHz. The memory interface is a 320-bit one and the card has a TDP of 215W.
Both cards have built-in dual-DVI and one mini HDMI port for video capabilities and support DirectX 11, CUDA, PhysX, 3-way SLI, 3D Vision Surround, PureVideo HD and GigaThread technologies. The only major change that Gigabyte has made in the reference specifications is the inclusion of blue-themed cooling modules to give the cards that distinctive Gigabyte look.
Gigabyte will start shipping these Fermi cards on the same day as nVIDIA starts sending them out, i.e. 12 April. This of course has not stopped online retailers from accepting pre-orders for the cards at prices of €499 and €349 for the GTX 480 and the GTX 470 respectively.
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