So I'm sure you all have heard by now that Fermi is available in stores
or at least e-tailers. We are not going into the details of the Fermi
architecture, as we've already covered it before and you can read about
The first retail card that we received is from none other than ZOTAC. Simply called the Geforce GTX470, this is the standard version of the Fermi graphics card with 607MHz core speed and 448 shader cores. The GDDR5 memory runs at 3348MHz on a 320-bit memory interface with a grand total of 1.25GB. The card has full support for DX11, Direct Compute and OpenCL, which is a common programming language that all future games will be based on.
The strong points of the Fermi card and the main reason it was built from the ground up was due to heavy focus on tessellation, which is a cheaper way to enhance textures without much drop in performance. Another inclusion is a dedicated audio chip for HDMI audio out, so no longer will we have to rely on the SPDIF-out of the motherboard.
Let's see how the younger sibling matches up against the GTX285, which it will be replacing and ATI's offering.
The bundle includes the following accessories;