Report: Fermi-based GeForce GTX 460 on the way

A third DirectX 11 GeForce could see the light of day in a couple of months, according to the folks at Expreview. Quoting "reliable sources," the site says Nvidia is prepping a Fermi-based GeForce GTX 460 graphics card for launch on June 1 with a price tag similar to that of AMD's Radeon HD 5850.

This upcoming card will reportedly have 1GB of GDDR5 memory, a 256-bit interface, and a "P1025 reference PCB design"—perhaps meaning the same circuit board as one of the existing GeForce GTX 400-series GPUs, which could suggest the use of a scaled-back GF100 GPU rather than a new chip. Expreview adds that Nvidia won't build a reference design, giving partners "their own design rights," instead.

That sounds a little bit like what AMD did with the Radeon HD 5830, which has the same GPU as faster 5800-series products but with bits and pieces disabled and no formal reference design. For the record, the GeForce GTX 470 has 1,280MB of GDDR5 RAM and a 320-bit memory interface, so this rumored GTX 460 part could end up being a fair amount slower.

Pricing the GeForce GTX 460 similarly to the Radeon HD 5850 wouldn't put it very far below the GTX 470, though, since that offering has a $349 suggested retail price, and the cheapest 5850s sell for around $300. Of course, if we can give credence to the latest whispers from the rumor mill, the 5850 might have come down in price by the time the GTX 460 shows up.

Speaking of rumors, significantly cheaper Fermi derivatives based on new silicon could be just around the corner. Details about one of those designs, reportedly code-named GF104, leaked out last month. Word is that the GF104 might power cards priced well under the $200 mark, and we could see the GPU's first implementation this summer.

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