Rumour: GeForce GTX 460 release date revealed

The wait for Nvidia's new mid-range Fermi chip could soon be over, as some sites now claim the launch date has been officially confirmed as 12 July this year.

Turkish tech gossip site Donanimhaber (Google Translation) says the launch date has now been confirmed, and describes it as "official information." However, an Nvidia spokesperson told THINQ that the story was still just based on rumour and speculation.

Nevertheless, other sources have told us off the record that the card is indeed set to be released on 12 July. Nvidia might not have officially confirmed it yet, but it looks to us as though the release date could be accurate.

Last week, we saw the first photos of a reference GeForce GTX 460 card, as well as the rumoured specs. Based on Nvidia's forthcoming GF104 architecture, the chip has an oddly rectangular shape, rather than the usual square, and the word is that there will be two versions of the card.

Both will apparently feature the same basic specs, including 336 stream processors running at 1,350MHz, a 675MHz GPU clock and a stack of GDDR5 memory running at 1.8GHz (3.6GHz effective). However, the amount of memory will depend on which version of the card you have. According to reports, there will be a 1GB version with a 256-bit memory interface and a 768MB version with a 192-bit interface.

Of course, all of the official information is likely to be revealed shortly, but in the meantime it looks as though the GeForce GTX 460 is going to be released on 12 July.