Fermi Pre-order Page Fuels Speculation (and Comical 'User Reviews')

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News Posted: Mon, Feb 22 2010 1:23 PM
The hottest hoax hopping around cyber space this morning is the supposed availability of the first Fermi graphics card in pre-order form. It's being 'offered' by obscure online vendor SabrePC.com, which has the XFX GTX 480 graphics card listed for $679.99, a veritable 'bargain' compared to its original price of $699.99.




Word to the wise: Don't go coughing up your credit card number, or any other personal information, for that matter. While it's not uncommon for upcoming parts to leak to the Web ahead of schedule -- including order pages like this one -- there's little to indicate this is the real deal, and plenty points to the contrary. There's the memory size, for one (unless there's some rounding going on, 2GB doesn't jibe with Fermi's reported bus width and memory configuration), but the biggest telltale sign is that no one seems to have heard of SabrePC before today. In the end, that may have been the whole point behind SabrePC's stunt, and we just contributed to it, albeit at the greater good of warning would-be buyers. Plus, it's worth a visit just for the customer reviews alone, which will help you kick the week off with a good laugh or two.

Still, we're sorry to burst your bubble, but hey, we feel your pain and are as anxious as you are for Fermi to materialize. But rather than chasing hoaxes, we can recommend at least two other avenues to stay ahead of the curve. First, make HotHardware.com a daily destination, as you know we'll be at the forefront of any breaking news. And secondly, become a fan of Nvidia's official Facebook page.  Okay, make that three avenues, you can follow us on Twitter if you like as well and be assured of real-time scoopage on the topic.

~UPDATE~
We're not ones to brag (maybe a little here and there), but we'd rather say "told you so" than have to eat crow. We've heard crow doesn't taste very good anyway, and lucky for us, we're not about to find out - it looks like we were right on the money in calling this one a hoax. Not only has SabrePC since taken the pre-order product page down, but the whole site appears to be in a state of disorder. You now need a username and password to enter the site, which presumably no one has, save for SabrePC's staff.
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Cheezit replied on Mon, Feb 22 2010 2:56 PM

You can't get to the page anymore it prompts a user name and password.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Feb 22 2010 5:52 PM

Someone trying to rip off over anxious fan boys with the money to pay for it. Especially on something like an Nvidia card that's been rumored for over a year now, and still has not materialized.

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Inspector replied on Mon, Feb 22 2010 6:03 PM

HAHA...so its fake... :D wonder if anyone fell for it...

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Bighorse replied on Mon, Feb 22 2010 8:55 PM

Hopefully no one got ripped off. The price should of been a dead giveaway it was a fake. Nvidia would have a hard time selling a product no matter how good at that price. ATI has a very good hold on the current market so Nvidia has a big hill to climb.

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gibbersome replied on Mon, Feb 22 2010 10:47 PM

Fake, but I would have liked to see what picture they used for the GTX 480.

@BigHorse Only if the GTX 480 surpasses the performance of the 5970, would this price be justifiable. We've seen Nvidia release cards at very high price points before.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Feb 22 2010 11:43 PM

Yeah Bighorse and gibbersome that's the points I made out on the actual forecast notice of these cards being released. Not only is there not really very much DX11 software out yet, but by the time they let this out I bet Radeon's will be out shortly thereafter. So by next Christmas there will be demand, but there will also most likely be an ATI 6000 series set of cards. I believe this even more because ATI/AMD has been making announcements about stepping up development as well. This is also not to mention the AMD APU and GPU/CPU combo's from Intel along with either companies (ATI/Nvidia) GPU on board. Then the GPU (in a combo device) would basically operate primarily as a parallel processor and the CPU would operate in it's normal floating point  (algorithmic) way. This would seemingly largely increase the computational power of a system. In the end though the Primary GPU would still operate on graphics output.

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ClemSnide replied on Tue, Feb 23 2010 10:07 PM

SabrePC? Isn't that the company that took over Dunder Mifflin on the NBC show The Office?

A similar thing happened with the ATi 5000 series cards; several sites (reputable ones, this time, like Amazon and Newegg) had the pages ready a week or two before release. (And three months before they actually fulfilled preorders.)


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la_guy_10 replied on Wed, Feb 24 2010 5:12 PM

From a marketing standpoint this definitely got them some attention. I know for myself I have never herd of Sabre PC before this fiasco. But I do agree Nvidia needs to release a competitive part so prices will come in. 

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Inspector replied on Wed, Feb 24 2010 7:22 PM

Hum seems like some people bought it, still wondering if its fake or not -.-

@la thats so true, i bet they are on every tech site because of this xD

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Feb 25 2010 2:04 AM

It seems this place has more cards up for the new Nvidia release now. I saw an article on this site on another site they had 3 video cards listed now. The Lowest is 499 I think it said the highest was this one, and it is for pre-release, which would mean it is supposedly for a reservation, the card of course will be *ahem* mailed as soon as they receive them I guess. This site however was advertising as if they were some of the first to do pre-order's, with no mention of watching your back.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Feb 25 2010 2:28 AM

Rofl I went to the site and looked around. I found a contact us number (only 1), and did a reverse search on them. It is listed as Brooks Fiber Communications in San Jose. Either way it is not this retailer, and is another business, so I went to the better business bureau. There is no record there of there name (either the site or reverse search phone #), there is also no record of the URL. So I searched on the web for Sabrepc other than the site itself the only record I could find was on several other web sites trumpeting the arrival of the new Nvidia card. It was even listed on the MaximumPC site, the wierd things is everyone who says anything about the pre-release and has any referral at all refers back to Sabrepc. So I think that Nvidia fan boys are going to make some whiley bastar6 rich and get nothing. Even on there site "Sabrepc" one of the reviews says the release has been dropped back until April this year with a reference of it's release not actually being until 1st fiscal quarter of 2011 or in business terms 12/2010 at the earliest.

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So it is basically a third party running a scam from somwhere in Russia?

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