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Does the GeForce GTX 465 reveal Nvidia’s plans for Fermi?

Posted on 18th May 2010 at 17:20 by Clive Webster with 39 comments

Clive Webster
You’ll probably have read the rumours the first mid-range Fermi GPU from Nvidia will be called a GeForce GTX 465 – now it seems to me that’s an odd choice of branding for two reasons.

Firstly, 465 doesn’t fit the naming of the two current Fermi cards, the GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 480, which use even numbers rather than 5s.

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Hardware Podcast 11 - Laptop On Fire

Posted on 7th May 2010 at 10:44 by Podcast with 9 comments

Podcast
It's been a while, we'll give you that, but the hardware podcast is back in town with a jam-packed eleventh episode. Alex, Harry, James and Antony sit down to discuss everything that's happened in the world of hardware since we were last on air.

We begin with Fermi, specifically the rumours that Nvidia is aggressively trying to expand its range by launching a mobile version of its new GPU. How will such a hot chip run in a laptop though?

Next up, we talk about Intel and AMD's new CPUs, including the six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, and Harry goes deep into SSDs. Rebranding, new controller chips and the question of whether all the manufacturers are missing the obvious are all addressed.

Finally, we answer some reader mail and speculate about which keyboard Scarlett Johansson prefers to use.

As usual, you can also win a tat bag choice selection of quality branded merchandise by correctly guessing what mystery item of hardware we're talking about this episode – send your guesses to podcast [at] custompc [dot] co [dot] uk with the subject line ‘Hardware 11’.

As ever, thanks to Brad Sucks for providing the theme song - it's actually his track, Dropping Out of School.

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We've just witnessed the last days of large, single chip GPUs

Posted on 31st Mar 2010 at 11:15 by Richard Swinburne with 33 comments

Richard Swinburne
Just as with the 65nm manufacturing process used for GT200, I'm certain Nvidia overestimated what the 40nm node would offer when it first designed Fermi and that this miscalculation has played a huge part in the fact that the GeForce GTX 480 is so hot and uses so much power.

We know each major architecture change for GPU development takes at least a few years to mash out, so fabless companies such as Nvidia need to guess where fabrication partners - TSMC in this case - will be.

As it stands, TSMC has had more than a rough year with its 40nm node and there's been considerable stress for both ATI and Nvidia - however, to ATIs advantage, it started on 40nm with the Radeon HD 4770. It's clearly not forgotten the lesson came at the expense of the HD 2900 XT, which first arrived on a massive 80nm die, before being respun into TSMCs then upcoming 55nm node at a more digestible price.

Luckily for Nvidia the GTX 480 isn't quite up to the HD 2900 XT par of failures; at least it's faster than the previous generation and, negating the lateness and practical engineering issues, the die size and power use are truly massive.

The thing is, TSMC hasn't yet demonstrated how commercially viable its next fabrication node (likely 28nm) is, so while we fully expect Nvidia to 'pull an ATI HD 3000 series' in six months time and re-do Fermi with a smaller process, resulting in a much more power efficient GPU, TSMC's troubles - and the fact Nvidia is desperate for a new process - means Nvidia is likely looking to Global Foundries, the manufacturing firm spun off from AMD last year.

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Nvidia says Fermi is great, but who knows?

Posted on 18th Jan 2010 at 12:28 by Clive Webster with 71 comments

Clive Webster
You’ve probably seen a fair bit of Fermi coverage around the interwebs today, and might even be wondering why we’ve not posted something. We were at the same briefing as these other sites, after all. If you’ve read the coverage elsewhere carefully, you’ll notice that there’s the odd dig at not seeing benchmarks, or hardware, from Nvidia and that’s why we’ve not posted a big extravaganza as well as Keir Graham’s mod.

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Nvidia: Remember who got you where you are today

Posted on 12th Jan 2010 at 13:08 by Richard Swinburne with 43 comments

Richard Swinburne
At its main press conference this year in CES, Nvidia stamped in stone where it's heading in the future: towards a consumer technology design house, rather than a more "geeky" PC component design company.

Literally one minute was devoted to mentioning that its upcoming Fermi products are "in production", but Nvidia didn't go so far as to confirm an actual arrival date. There was a working Fermi card showed off on its stand running the DirectX 11 Unigen engine, but Nvidia's biggest and most complex chip to date didn't even make the main stage.

With the entire presentation dedicated to its Tegra 2 products, this tips in the face of the original Tegra launch at Computex 2008, where the launch was shoved in mid-week and in the middle of the afternoon - hardly prime time.

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Nvidia posts picture of a real Fermi card

Posted on 18th Nov 2009 at 15:48 by Alex Watson with 22 comments

Well, this time it's real - probably. Nvidia PR man Brian Burke just posted a picture of a Ferm-based graphics card - which he called the GeForce 100 - on Twitter.

In the tweet, Burke says it's running the "Unigine Heaven" DX11 benchmark.

Nvidia posts picture of a real Fermi card
Here it is!

You may now commence your speculations about how it will stack up against the new Radeon HD 5970.

And speaking of Twitter, don't forget you should follow bit-tech!

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Hardware Podcast 6 – Nvidia has a Fermi, snigger, and the new F3 is epic

Posted on 8th Oct 2009 at 19:35 by Podcast with 10 comments

Podcast
The sixth Hardware podcast sees Antony, Clive, Harry and Rich chat about all the latest hardware goings on. Discussed in the episode is Nvidia’s new GPU architecture, Fermi. Yes, yes, Nvidia’s got a Fermi – stop sniggering at the back!

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