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Nvidia's GF100 Turns Into GeForce GTX 480 and 470 132

crazipper writes "After months of talking architecture and functionality, Nvidia is finally going public with the performance of its $500 GeForce GTX 480 and $350 GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards, both derived from the company's first DirectX 11-capable GPU, GF100. Tom's Hardware just posted a comprehensive look at the new cards, including their power requirements and performance attributes. Two GTX 480s in SLI seem to scale impressively well — providing you have $1,000 for graphics, a beefy power supply, and a case with lots of airflow."
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Nvidia's GF100 Turns Into GeForce GTX 480 and 470

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 27, 2010 @12:07AM (#31636610)

    So I can choose between nice 20W idle with ATI, but shit windows and goddamn awful linux drivers with only outdated X.org / kernel support for the cards.

    Or this power hungry overpriced heater (yay, summer is coming), which at least has decent drivers.

    The Free Market has failed us! Damn commies!

  • by Sarten-X ( 1102295 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @12:48AM (#31636918) Homepage
    I love seeing new generations of hardware come out. It means that the perfectly adequate cards from two years ago will be even cheaper.
  • by Totenglocke ( 1291680 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @02:20AM (#31637338)

    And you know who buys the top of the line super expensive cards? Pretty much no one. Everyone else either buys a mid-range card or last years top of the line. Both of those will last you a few years and the all around computer cost is less than a console.

    Don't believe me that consoles are more expensive? I'm a PC gamer (who occasionally plays console games) and a friend of mine is a console gamer (who occasionally plays PC games). He tries to use your argument about "it's expensive with upgrading your computer", yet he ignores the fact that 1) console games virtually never go down in price, where PC games drop in price very quickly after the first few months and 2) Consoles nickel and dime you to death. We actually sat down and did the math one time and for his Wii, 360, PS3 and enough controllers for 4 players on each, it came out to over $2,500 for just the console hardware. You can easily buy two very good gaming systems for less money over the course of the lifespan of a console generation.

    So no, people don't turn to consoles because they're cheaper, people turn to consoles because they can't do basic math.

  • by JuniorJack ( 737202 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @05:41AM (#31637952)

    Not to mention the overwhelming lead Nvidia has with GPGPU currently.

    We are using GPU's for a number crunching tasks - integer operations. Currently one 5970 (aircooled) outperforms
    a computer with 4 x GTX 295, watercooled and overclocked to 725 Mhz each.

    NVIDIA has to do really much better with those new cards to win us back

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 27, 2010 @02:04PM (#31641210)

    Just about any card above $100 will run all of Valve's games maxed out. Benchmarks that show Valve's games are pretty pointless.

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