German site 3DCenter.org has obtained interesting information concerning the upcoming GF104 chip from Nvidia. The graphics processing unit (GPU) is a derivative of the GF100/Fermi architecture and is aimed at the mainstream market. The part could power up to three graphics card models, aiming at countering HD5770 and HD5830 products from AMD. Proposed naming scheme includes GTS 450, GTS 440 and GTS 430.
The new silicon would feature a maximum of 256 shader cores which is exactly half of what is found on the GF100 die found in GTX480 and GTX470 products. The GPU memory is fed through a 256-bit wide memory bus connected to GDDR5 chips. The new GF104 is to operate at maximum frequencies not far from the already released 400-series of Nvidia cards, with the core set at 725Mhz, shader cores functioning at 1500Mhz and memory cruising at 1800Mhz. Power consumption is not yet known but as the new graphics chip is expected to be comparable in size to higher-end AMD products and will be built on the same 40nm process, it could consume upwards of 150 watts.
According to website Nordic Hardware, cards based on the GF104 will cover the mainstream market with prices ranging from 150 to 250 euros, depending on the model. American consumers should expect those prices to be translated into US$, looking at the $150-250 range. Graphics cards based on GF104 are expected to hit the shelves in late Q2 or early Q3 2010. Other Fermi derivatives, GF106 and GF108, will take care of the budget and entry-level markets later in the year.