According to Heise, the card scored 7511 points in 3Dmark Vantage Xmode. In Unigine, the GTX470 scored 29fps with tessellation turned on. ATI’s Radeon HD5850 only ran 27fps. A glance at the BIOS revealed the shader cores run at 1255MHz, GDDR5-memory at 1600MHz. Rumours currently have it that the top-end GTX480 won’t be rolled out with a full 512 cores.
That’s more than we were able to lay our hands or eyes on. A rather tired and sapped writer forgot to ask interesting questions after being lulled into hypnosis by a very skilled Nvidia PR guy. At least the rocket sled demo was very interesting and nice to see, as well as the 3D racing track demo with 3 monitors.
Heise, by the way also managed to get a shot of a Fermi GPU from probably the same Taiwanese mobo maker which gave them the GTX470 specs. All we got was a shot of a case with the card upside down in it and Nvidia breathing down necks, looking at the viewfinder. Oh, and we also got a nice Nvidia-branded Dicota laptop bag.
Talking about laptops, Nvidia also had an Ionised netbook on display running a HD movie trailer. Battery life of the unit was 4h 45min, despite the Ion GPU being switched on. Earlier on, Intel explained it believes in a balanced system and so on, which is why it integrates lacklustre graphics and merely allows other parties to connect per PCIe – which is “just enough”, according to Nvidia.
Ion looks balanced enough, especially considering Nvidia’s Optimus switchable graphics tech will magically turn Ion off if a user is simply writing an email or viewing non-HD content on his or her browser. We hope to get our sweaty palms on an Ion netbook and put it through its paces soon.