Finally Nvidia launched their two new graphics cards based on their new architecture Fermi GF100. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 Series supports DirectX 11.
The GeForce GTX 480 will be available to consumers at a retail price of US $ 499 & GTX 470 estimated price will be US $349 .
Nvidia claims that GeForce GTX 480 is the fastest card in the world featuring 480 processing cores, along with 1.5GB of video RAM, but the downside is that GTX480 is power hog and will consume 250W of power. On the other hand GTX470 only consume 215W of power & features 448 processing cores, and 1.28GB of video RAM.
The new architecture features over 3 billion transistors, double the processing units of its predecessors and a strong emphasis on geometric realism. Graphics Gurus are already considering both these cards as flop because of number of reasons.
On the other hand just a few days ago AMD released their Catalyst 10.3a driver featuring a number of performance improvements of up to 5% for the Radeon HD 5000 and 4800 series graphics cards. In response to NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470, Dave Erskine, AMD spokesperson said
Four months after its launch, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 remains the undisputed performance leader. Six months after its launch, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 remains the clear winner at and below its price point. Add to that a top to bottom line-up of DirectX 11 graphics cards as well as cutting-edge features such as the immersive experience of ATI Eyefinity technology, and we are confident ATI Radeon graphics cards will continue to be the favorite choice of customers wanting the most advanced and efficient graphics products.
-Dave Erskine, AMD spokesperson
Nvidia released a picture that compares the upcoming GeForce GTX 480 and the ATI Radeon 5870.
Tom Petersen Director of Technical Mkt at NVIDIA describes how the performance of GeForce GTX 480
compares to existing solution.