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Nvidia Has Announced the New More Affordable GeForce GTX 460 GPUs

July 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

If you were waiting for a more affordable, but still high-performing video card based on the new Nvidia Fermi architecture today that wait seems to be over with the official announcement of the new GeForce GTX 460 GPUs. These come cheaper than the not so long ago GTX 465 ones, but are faster than them, not to mention that the cards based on the new GPUs seem to be cooler and quieter too and offering a good potential for overclocking or at least that is what I’ve been seeing in some of the first reviews already available online…

A bit on the technical side, The GeForce GTX 460 GPU has 336 CUDA cores and 56 texture units and will be available in 2 different versions – with 1GB video memory and 256-bit memory bus and with 768MB video memory and 192-bit memory bus. The GPU’s frequency is 675 MHz by default and the shaders are running at 1350 MHz, but you should be able to easily go even up to 800MHz and maybe even more by overclocking it. The memory is GDDR5 and is running at 1800MHz (3600 effectively) on both models with 768MB and 1GB, and what makes the difference in performance between them is actually the memory bus that limits the maximum bandwidth on the 768MB model. The two models’ recommended end user prices are $199 and $229 USD respectively and they are already starting to appear on stock and for pre-orders at popular online e-tailers like Amazon.com and Newegg.com

The new GeForce GTX 460 GPUs should be more than capable of handling good enough stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D playback with GPU acceleration and because of their more affordable price they are also going to be much more attractive for SLI setups. Although if we are going to talk about SLI for 3D Vision Surround, then it is best to go for two GTX 480-based video cards to have the top possible performance, so that you will be able to fully enjoy playing on three monitors in stereo 3D mode… ;)

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Time for Some DIY Water Cooling Upgrades This Weekend…

June 18th, 2010 · 14 Comments · General 3D News

It is a happy Friday, all the components for the water cooling upgrades arrived today, so this weekend I’ll be upgrading my current stereo 3D test system and building the new S3D system. The Corsair Obsidian 800D case is a really good one with a lot of room for custom water cooling solutions, and the only drawback it has is the quite high price for a computer case, but it is worth every cent. So it will be a busy weekend, but I hope to get very good results and there will most likely not be a lot of updates on the blog during that time. So stay tuned for more info, and maybe even some results with a single water cooled GTX 480 in the next few days, of course benchmarked with games running in stereo 3D mode…

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Nvidia Announced GeForce GTX 480M, is it Soon Coming to 3D Laptops?

May 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

Today Nvidia introduced the new GeForce GTX 480M GPU for Notebooks based on the new Fermi architecture that was first introduced into the desktop cards – GTX 470 and GTX 480. This new GPU comes with 352 CUDA cores (stream processors) that should be able to provide quite high performance for a laptop, so it is no wonder that Nvidia calls this “World’s Fastest Notebook GPU”. Of course the new GTX 480M GPU will offer DirectX 11 support and high tessellation performance, supports PhysX and CUDA, along with 3D Vision support of course. And now the big question is are we soon going to see a 3D-capable laptop that uses this new GeForce GTX 480M GPU in action. So far we only have the Asus G51J-3D with GTX260M and the Asus G51Jx-3D with 360M GPUs that are equipped with 120Hz panels and come with 3D Vision active shutter glasses for mobile stereo 3D gaming.

The specificatins of the new GeForce GTX 480M GPU

CUDA Cores – 352 (stream processors)
Graphics Clock – 425 MHz
Processor Clock – 850 MHz
Texture Fill Rate – 18.7 billions/sec
Memory Clock – 1200 MHZ
Standard Memory Configuration – GDDR5
Memory Interface Width – 256 bit
Memory Bandwidth – 76.8 GB/sec
CUDA performance – 897 gigaflops
HDMI 1.4 support – Yes
7.1 channelHD audio on HDMI – Yes
PCI Express 2.0 support – Yes
SLI Ready – Yes
Package – MXM board

The first partner to introduce mobile system based on the new GeForce GTX 480M is Clevo with the high-power gaming laptop expected to be available somewhere in mid-June. Now if you remember Clevo was one of the first OEMs that is supposed to have gaming laptops with 120Hz LCD panels ready sometime this year and if you ask me what better time than this to have a high-end gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 480M GPU and 3D Vision for playing games in stereo 3D mode (maybe they were waiting just for this moment?). But we shall have to wait a bit more to see if Clevo will have a chassis that combines 480M with 3D capabilities or not, it is quite possible as well that we’ll have to wait to get alternatives to the currently available Asus with a 120Hz panel, but hope never dies. Oh yes, you’ll also be able to have two 480M cards in SLI into a laptop and that should really be impressive in a lot of ways and even better for stereo 3D gaming… ;)

For more information about Nvidia’s new mobile GeForce 480M GPUs…

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