Exclusive: Asus Fermi cards pictured

Cards based on Nvidia’s Fermi GPUs have proven to be remarkably camera shy until now. We’ve seen a few dodgy shots from leaked presentation slides, and we’ve seen some snaps of GTX 480 boxes. However, so far we haven’t seen any proper shots of finished retail cards. Until now, that is.

We’ve just managed to get hold of these photos of Asus’ forthcoming GeForce GTX 470 and 480 cards, showing the finished cards in their full glory. Both cards have dual-slot coolers, although the GTX 470 looks like it doesn’t quite have the 10.5-inch length of the flagship 480 card.

Although the cooler on the GTX 480 features an Asus badge, it also looks very similar to the reference cooler pictured on a leaked presentation slide last week.

The packaging also reveals that Asus still plans to offer gamers a speed boost via its Voltage Tweak technology. Asus has employed Voltage Tweak on some of its previous cards, and it offers a nifty way of accessing your card’s VRMs without having to muck about with BIOS flashes. By increasing the voltage, overclockers can squeeze more clocks out of the GPU, as serious overclocking often requires more power.

The Asus packaging says this can offer up to a 50 per cent speed boost, which sounds a bit optimistic to us, but you should still be able to expect a respectable increase in frame rates with a good overclock.

Interestingly, the packaging also reveals that the GTX 470 will have 1,280MB of GDDR5 memory. We already knew that the GTX 480 would come with 1,536MB of GDDR5 memory, but this is the first time we’ve had some solid information about the GTX 470’s memory.

Nvidia’s Fermi architecture is scheduled to be officially unveiled on 26 March at PAX 2010. In the UK, cards are expected to go on sale on April 6th.