NVIDIA’s Fermi GF100-based GeForce GTX 480/470 video cards are expected to arrive sometime today, but according to the latest rumors the company is already planning their mid-range and entry-level alternatives. Believed to be on track for a June 2010 launch at the earliest, according to 3dceter.org three of the cards will use the 40nm GF104 core with up to 256 shader cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory bus. Although naming isn’t finalised, they’re believed to be known as the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 and 430.
The GTS 440 and GTS 450 will use the GF104 as-is, and go up against the ATI Radeon HD 5830 and HD 5770 respectively, while the GTS 430 will have a pared down version of the Femi chip. That will pack 192 shader cores, 48 TMUs, 24 ROPs and have a 192-bit memory bus. Pricing is expected to be in the region of €200-230 ($268-308) for the GTS 450, €160-180 ($214-241) for the GTS 440, and €130-150 ($174-201) for the GTS 430.
After that we can apparently expect Fermi GF106 and GF108 cores, catering to the lower-mid and entry-level video card markets. The GF106-based cards will come in at €60-100 ($80-134) while the GF108-based cards will be around €30-40 ($40-54). Of course, plenty could change in the meantime, so don’t bet the farm on any of these numbers.