Fermi mass availability delayed to Q2

Nvidia’s upcoming Geforce GTX 400 series was expected to release some time in March. However, Nvidia claims the GTX 400 series will be released in Q1 2011 – which runs till April 30th, 2010. Reporters suggest mass availability has been delayed till Nvidia’s Q2 FY2011, which runs from May 2010 to as late as 31st July 2010.

In addition to GTX 400, Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang claims Nvidia is all set to “launch a couple of Fermi products” that will span Geforce, Quadro and Tesla – all by July 2010. However, there are no plans to refresh the mainstream GPUs any time in the near future.

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Nvidia’s upcoming Geforce GTX 400 series was expected to release some
time in March. However, Nvidia claims the GTX 400 series will be
released in Q1 2011 – which runs till April 30th, 2010. Reporters suggest
mass availability has been delayed till Nvidia’s Q2 FY2011, which runs
from May 2010 to as late as 31st July 2010.

In addition to GTX 400,
Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang claims Nvidia is all set to “launch a
couple of Fermi products” that will span Geforce, Quadro and Tesla – all
by July 2010. However, there are no plans to refresh the mainstream
GPUs any time in the near future.

Despite losing to ATI on all levels – whether performance, value, power efficiency or features – at the mainstream segment, Nvidia feels the Geforce 210/310 and GT 220/240 products are “really fabulous” and offers everything that mainstream consumers may need. Obviously, thanks to Nvidia’s marketing, the “new” mainstream products still have strong demand, despite losing out to ATI’s Radeon HD 5450/5570/5670 on all counts. In the end, we might be looking till well after Q2 FY2011, that is after July for mainstream derivatives of Fermi/GF100.

The Fermi saga just keeps traveling what looks like a near endless tunnel. Every time we see glimpses light, a new delay creeps in. It might be released in limited quantities by April, but realistically, we are looking at May for widespread availability. In the end, with Fermi, it will release when it will release – and those dates, as witnessed by past history, are most likely to change.

Reference: Xbitlabs

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