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NVIDIA launched their GeForce Fermi architecture late last year with lots of fanfare as they called it Graphics Compute architecture. Unfortunately for them ATI got to the market first with their Redwood series of chips including the Cypress, the Juniper and the Cedar chips for the high end and mid-range. By the time NVIDIA actually came out with their Geforce GTX 480 and 470 cards they were facing a top to bottom lineup from ATI.
Last month NVIDIA launched their first video card on the Fermi architecture to retail under the $200 mark, making their mainstream push into the video card market with the GF104 based GeForce GTX 460. This is the second-generation f Fermi cards and should provide better performance at a lower heat and performance cost than the first generation of Fermi’s the GeForce GTX 480/470 cards. It should be interesting how the near future will play out with the rumored HD 6xxx series coming out soon. Today I’ve got the MSI N460GTX HAWK card on the review bench.