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Friday, 18 June 2010 15:38

Mainstream Fermi is cancelled

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Replaced by GF104 architecture

Nvidia's mainstream Fermi generation got cancelled. It's not tragic, as the promising GF104 architecture takes over and Nvidia's future mainstream as well as entry level chips will be based on this improved architecture.

There are two chips to come after the GF104, the GF106 and finally the cheapest and slowest GF108.

Both of these chips are expected for back to school so Nvidia can have the final DirectX 11 portfolio ready for August, just before the start of the shopping spree in western hemisphere.

The chips based on Fermi that were supposed to have two times or four times fewer shaders have been cancelled due to high TDPs and the fact that the GF104, Nvidia's new chip architecture, was brought in earlier than expected. You can view a performance chip as ½ of the original high end design and entry level as ¼ of the original big chip.

The GF104 is coming to the rescue, but despite it Nvidia will be some six month behind ATI on the mainstream and performance front.

Still some customers will wait for Nvidia and we are hearing that notebook manufactures are very excited about GF104 and its derivatives.

Last modified on Sunday, 20 June 2010 13:07
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+12 #1 fudo 2010-06-19 17:54
Hey people,

you wanted comments, let me hear your thoughts about mainstream Fermi cancellation, lets rock and role :)
+3 #2 neoideo 2010-06-19 18:15
I think this is good, GF100 was just fail.

if 512core GPU based on GF104 comes out, will it be on a single chip or double??

ps: your new site looks awesome, congratulations reeally!
+3 #3 darcotech 2010-06-19 18:38
Finally,we can make comments.
Thanks Fudo and whole team of Fudzilla.com.
As for Nvidia coming with new chip,they have to,and they have their fans just waiting for it.And theey are very devoted to Nvidia I think.

PS:I kind a like more previos design,more simple and different than all other sites(which is good).But, hey this one is OK too.
+3 #4 fudo 2010-06-19 19:07
@darcotech I am sure you will get use to the new design but its more advanced than the previous one.

@neoideo thanks

512 shaders is a one chip, GF100 for computational market has the full 512 shaders, and Geforce GTX 480 has guess what, 480 shaders. Some are disabled
0 #5 neoideo 2010-06-19 20:23
thanks fudo

yes i was already aware that 480 was 512-32 cores.
i just didnt know if GF104 was 512 core capable, as all articles mentioned GF104 products with 360 aprox.

Then, this is good, 512sp in one optimized gf104 chip is just what i was waiting for.

well have to wait for more news!
+17 #6 CRoland 2010-06-20 10:08
The title makes no sense, since GF104 is the mainstream Fermi.
+1 #7 Maki 2010-06-20 11:27
This means that GTX 460 wont come in july?
0 #8 robert3892 2010-06-20 11:53
Both ATI and NVIDIA refresh their chips during a release year and improvements are always welcome. Quite frankly the GPUs are fine. In my personal opinion NVIDIA and ATI have spent too much time on GPU development and allowed cooling technology to go downhill. It's time to change the cooling technology scenario and invent something far more quieter and cooler.
0 #9 Freakazo 2010-06-20 14:15
I wonder how big of an evolution GF104 is, is it just an optimised version of GF100 or is it actually a new architecture.

Makes sense that GF104 came so soon, you got two different teams working on two different projects, one team hit delays while the other GF104 didn't and both the teams release dates got so close that they pretty much just cancelled one teams card.
+3 #10 Dexter 2010-06-20 15:32
Comments are awesome, i register just for ability to post them :lol:

In contest of that article gf104 has some more differences except reduced cache and 24/1 sp/tmu ratio
What if gf104 is just gt212 with added support of dx11 :eek:

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