GT300: New rumors about Nvidia's DirectX 11 chip with codename Fermi
Will the GT300 become a real rival to AMD's current DirectX 11 graphics cards? At present there are many rumors about it. Adequate models could be the first single GPU cards with more than 300 Watt power consumption.
The card with the codename Fermi will supposedly have a 384 Bit memory interface and between 480 and 512 MIMD shader units. The name is said to be derived from the nuclear scientist Enrico Fermi. Reportedly Nvidia does not only focus on the issue game performance. Parallel computing should also play an important if not an even bigger role.
The GT300 is said to be provided with a big Die surface and should produce plenty of waste heat. The chip will rather be a revolution than an evolution. Rumors report that the chip will not only be faster than the single GPU model Cypress (Radeon HD 5870) but might even compete with the Hemlock models (Radeon HD 5870 X2). Furthermore Nvidia is said to think about a dual GPU version of the card. Concerning power consumption the GT300 might pass the 300 Watt limit - up to now only the Asus Mars with exorbitant components and two GTX 285 GPUs has achieved this mark.
According to the report the problem with the low Yield rates is still in the air. The production cost for a functioning GPU is very high. First GT300 cards will probably hit stores in December. We hope some more details will be revealed soon.
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