NVIDIA Officially Declares GeForce GTX 480 / 470 Launch Date

We just saw a very interesting, very specific post go up on the official NVIDIA Facebook page. It appears the company's highly anticipated, initial line-up of GF100 based graphics cards will be launching on March 26, 2010. Here's exactly what NVIDIA had to say...

"NVIDIA We want to apologize for the confusion around our most recent GF100 update. To clarify, the launch date for GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 is March 26, 2010. This date also coincides with the GeForce LAN event NVIDIA is hosting at PAX 2010. Hope you can attend the show. For more info, please visit: www.nvidia.com/paxeast"

NVIDIA GF100, aka Fermi up and running in a Maingear SHIFT PC at CES 2010 - Click for full res.

If you're unfamiliar with the GF100, we've got plenty of information available already. While out at CES this year, we were made privy to a slew of architectural details, as they relate to gaming and PhysX. And a few months before that, we talked about the compute side of the equation.

NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang hold's GF100's closest sibling, Fermi-based Tesla card

Those of you waiting to see NVIDIA's hand before making the move to a DX11-class graphics card need wait only a few more weeks. Stay tuned to HotHardware for more GF100 scoop as it happens.

bighorse 4 years ago

Finally, a date and soon we will have all the POWER. The power to high frame rates, crazy folding at home, and some quick rendering. Hopefully Nvidia will hand one of these bad boys over to our friends here at hothardware so we can get some numbers.

acarzt 4 years ago

Sweet! Now when does the dual GPU solution come out? lol

gibbersome 4 years ago

So march 26th is the official release date. That's when we'll expect to see the first reviews on this card.

@Bighorse Same here, this card has a lot riding on it, especially after ATI's success with the 5000 series.

der meister 4 years ago


rapid1 4 years ago

Yeah they have a lot riding on it, because as of now there is nothing that stresses a top of the line 5000 series card. At the prices they will be asking as well as with the huge deluge of DX11 games everywhere there's really not much market right now. Of course that will be changing of course in about a year when the DX11 games are available in numbers. Right now there's what maybe 10.

The DX11 path is much more capable than anything ever, and enables a lot of new functions as well as new features. Not to mention that from what I understand even with the extras it is easier to program for than a DX9 card. So hopefully it will also equal some faster release times to.

Either way I think Nvidia has somewhat hurt themselves, by first falling considerably behind, and by loosing the lead development wise by a great margin. I really would not be surprised at all the see Radeon 6000 series rolling out by the time there's a big call for it. Which means they will still be behind ATI, until there next release. I am not kicking the brand just the business decisions made.

Drago 4 years ago

Why is everyone so caught up on DX 11? There is NOT one single game made for it yet. Also having a top of the line desktop gfx card is not the bread and butter of Nvidia cash flow, it is there Tegra, Tegra 2, and Geforce M. ATi has very little to rival Nvidia in the mobile gfx card arena, they have just now with the 5xxx M series been able to compete with what Nvidia has had for years.

Personally, im glad that Nvidia waited before they released their product to make sure it works properly and they have a decent amount of cards for release day and beyond, rather than having some half arsed card thrown out with issues. AMD was already late with the original Phenom chips and then they released chips with defects and that hurt them even more. Being behind and throwing something out just to have a competing product isnt always the best thing to do and it can and will backfire. Nvidia did this in the past with the FX5x00 series cards, totally rushed and hardly competitive, but the gfx cycles since then Nvidia has always been first to market. They finally finished milking one idea and went for another and yeah there have been some setbacks, but that is the price of innovation. Really, how smart is it to make a gfx card that can do more than gfx, can beat super computers in calculations and take up 1/100th the space and power. Nvidia made the business decision to make something that will give them a decisive edge over their competition (AMD and Intel) for the next few years. So far so good for Nvidia, Intel's Larabee got scrapped, AMD's 5x00 series was just able to compete and beat the current Nvidia cards, and with the hype around fermi people are on the fence and waiting.

On a side note, WTH is up with this damn page refreshing while im trying to type my post? It is very annoying.

bighorse 4 years ago

There are a handful of games out now that support DirectX11. Dirt 2, Alien vs. Predator, Stalker: Call of Pripyat to name a few. Plus you have Metro 2033 coming out with DirectX11 support. With more games pushing out support plus the many positive reviews on DX11, I think it will be more supported than the flop DX10 was.

rapid1 4 years ago

Yeah there are DX11 games on the market already, and DX11 is much more positive on the development path as well. As for Nvidia commanding the show for the last 3 years  that has not been the case really. As far as rushing a card out, as some have said (I guess referring to ATI 5X series), the 5X series is very capable hardware as well as not a rush job. So I don't see where that comes from, as far as CPU's Nvidia does not have one.

They may have a processor which basically competes with Intel and a few other providers in the ATOM space, but that's not a full fledged CPU so that really has  no space in a conversation about a GPU. As far as Mobile chips INTEL owns the market basically, not Nvidia. Where Nvidia is talking about the GPU doing CPU duty we will see how there implementation works out, on that subject I think the AMD APU will be much more capable as it is a CPU/GPU component not either of the two alone, and on top of that Intel also has CPU/GPU integrated hardware, so it is an NVIDIA pipe dream until they release a real CPU. DX11 runs DX9, DX10, and DX10.1 code automatically, it is also programmable in far more API methods than any previous released graphical programming platform, it also has considerable extended capabilities.

So basically until I see a DX11 Nvidia GPU unit active on the market as well as bench marked on real world tests, not Nvidia thrown together specialized bench mark tests in there own labs, I will assume the competition is nil anyway. I also think by the time we see a new Nvidia GPU or shortly thereafter we will see the next ATI GPU as well. I am not a fanboy on either side I also use both ATI and Nvidias hardware and have for quite some time.

Remember I as well as many others on here have been using computers as well as all these different hardware types and implementations for a long time. My families first computer was attained in 1982 on an Apple IIE for my mothers work, and a Commodore 64 in 83 was given to us kids at Christmas, I built my first PC in may of 1997 with a pre-release (2 weeks prior to market release) PII 400, but also owned a Packard Bell (Pentium) and an HP (Pentium Pro) before that and worked in the hardware field of IT starting in 1992-93 (Dell, HP, NEC, PB, ACER, People PC, Compaq certified end user support as well as also being a network technician, and a certified X2 expert shortly following it's release). So I have seen all of  the present as well as many now non existing hardware companies hawk there wares on the professional as well as consumer side of the market. 

I am not trying to say anyone is wrong. I am just saying when the hardware is hot in my hands as well as in market tests I will believe it's what they say it is. Remember this is a new platform for Nvidia entirely from what I understand. Yes they have a lot of experience, and yes they are also very late with it so they are rushing. These things often bring about problems. Also please remember Nvidia was also rumored for quite some time to be severely hurting financially because of all the recalls on the last 2 or 3 GPU lines they produced. SO basically when I see it I will believe it, until then it's a rumor.

3vi1 4 years ago

I'm kind of with Drago on this. DX11 is more aimed at improving the API, not the output - with the one notable exception being forced support for tessellation.

I still want to see how "real" games (not tech demos with few actors) perform with tessellation turned up on the current cards before I get too excited about that feature.

realneil 4 years ago

The thing about this release that gets me excited is what it may do to the prices of current video cards. I already KNOW I like my new 5850, and another in crossfire  would be sweet as can be for me. I'll probably be able to still breath air if I don't own one of these new NVIDIA monsters right away. And then, there is the possibility that these new NVIDIA based cards may be earth shattering and wazoo-good beyond all expectations and that would affect prices even more. So it's a win-win situation for us, the consumers either way it turns out. Time is really on our side, and as more of it goes by, everything gets to be more affordable and easier on the eye too.

3vi1 4 years ago

That last picture should have been subtitled:

"Jen-Hsun Huang holding fake brick at GTC to prevent enthusiasts from buying AMD/ATI
cards for X-Mas, even though NVIDIA new full well they'd never make their Q4 date."


ttvinko 4 years ago

OMG I just cant wait. I have long been a fan of NVIDIA and this may well be the best one yet!



Komando_93 4 years ago

So will this replace the 5970 as the king of GPUs?

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