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NVIDIA cuts down specification of Fermi chips for Tesla cards Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 December 2009 09:19

Although we won't be seeing products based on "Fermi" (aka GF100) until a few months into 2010, NVIDIA have already announced their first Tesla-based offerings that will be using this architecture.  However, what we weren't expecting to see was for these parts to be using a cut-down version of GF100 with fewer Stream Processors - is this a sign of further issues for NVIDIA's latest and greatest architecture, or simply a design decision for these particular parts?

As reported previously, Nvidia Tesla C2050 and C2070 computing processor boards are single-chip cards with 3GB and 6GB (respectively) of on-board GDDR5 memory (with ECC enabled, user available memory will be 2.625GB for a C2050 and to 5.25GB for a C2070) with 384-bit interface operating in the range between 1.80GHz and 2.0GHz. The cards are mostly designed for desktop-based high-performance computing and other compute-intensive applications and are not meant to do perform graphics tasks. Nvidia stated that its new Tesla solutions will deliver double precision performance in the range of 520GFlops – 630GFlops.

Previously it was widely believed that the new Nvidia Tesla C2000 boards based on the Tesla T20 GPUs will feature 512 stream processors at 1.25GHz – 1.40GHz clock-speeds, the fully-fledged configuration of the company’s GF100 chip (also known as NV60, G300, GT300, etc) based on Fermi architecture at slightly reduced clock-speeds. However, Nvidia decided to cut down the Tesla C20 GPU for some undisclosed reasons.

You can find the full PDF document containing these specifications on NVIDIA's web site, while X-Bit Labs has the full story.

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