As NVIDIA promised, the company had a big announcement today, on their Twitter page. As we guessed on Friday, the company is set to show the public their next-gen Fermi-powered gaming GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 video cards at the end of March (the 26th).
What we did not guess was that the grand reveal will be taking place at PAX East -- a suitable event, seeing how their will be flocks of gamers about to oogle and fawn over the new release.
As was also mentioned in the story linked above, it looks like it will be at least a little bit though, before Fermi gets into stores in quantity. Nonetheless, at least now the long wait is over. Unfortunately for NVIDIA, ATI has been selling many DirectX 11 capable video cards over the last months, with their HD 5000 series, while Fermi has been pushed back -- even now to the point that the company will not have DirectX 11 capable parts for sale when Metro 2033 comes out mid-March, which NVIDIA helped optimize with DirectX 11 graphics.
As you can see in our Fermi Sneak Peak article, NVIDIA's new architecture has a lot of promise, and should offer some big numbers when it comes to game performance. Certainly many people all over the place are anxiously awaiting a chance to see Fermi in action, and at long last, this time is almost at hand. In addition to gamers, many visual software developers and other coders are looking forward to Fermi-powered video cards to do promising news things with NEXUS and CUDA.
Update: Changed "GTX 460" to "GTX 470" -- sorry, force of habit to blame on our part. Officially from NVIDIA's Twitter, the comapny has a GTX 470 coming, not a GTX 460.
Update 2: The GTX 470 and GTX 480 showed up the inventory of the website SabrePC. They were listed for $499.00 for the GTX 470, and $679.00 for the GTX 480. These prices sound about right, and could be the suggested retail prices for the new cards, but at this point this is unconfirmed.