Nvidia only just broke the news that its next-gen GF100 graphics processor will officially launch on March 26, and already, premature retail listings have popped up on the web. Sabre PC is currently listing no fewer than three cards: two GeForce GTX 480 models from XFX and PNY alongside one PNY GeForce GTX 470.
The price tags are quite intimidating, perhaps as a result of the listings' pre-order status. Sabre PC charges $679.99 for both GTX 480 cards and $499.99 for the lone GTX 470. For reference, AMD's two fastest graphics cards, the Radeon HD 5870 and 5970, cost around $399.99 and $649.99, respectively. (The 5970 looks to be hard to come by, though.)
If Sabre PC's numbers reflect official Nvidia pricing, then the company might be expecting its highest-end single-GPU card to outrun the Radeon HD 5970, which is a dual-GPU offering.
Frustratingly, the e-tailer quotes very little in the way of specifications. Sabre PC claims the GTX 480 will have 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, while the GTX 470 will feature half that, and both models will have 512 stream processors enabled. Those SP numbers seem to contradict earlier reports that suggested Nvidia needs to disable SP clusters to produce workable GF100 GPUs, but we'll probably want to wait for more definite specifications before drawing any solid conclusions. (Thanks to SemiAccurate for the link.)