Rumour: GeForce GTS 450 specs emerge

With Nvidia's 40nm Fermi production line finally in full swing, it looks as though the company is now preparing to unleash all its low-end and mid-range chips. We've already seen the GeForce GTX 460 this month, but the word is there will be a new chip called the GeForce GTS 450 doing the rounds in August.

The Turkish tech heads over at Donanimhaber (Google Translation) claim to have dug up some information about the new chip, which the site says will be based on a new 40nm GPU called GF106.

Although there's no information on the number of stream processors or clock speeds yet, the site reckons GeForce GTS 450 cards will be kitted out with up to 1GB of GDDR5 memory, which will be addressed via a 128-bit memory interface.

Interestingly, the site also claims that the design of GeForce GTS 450 cards will be left up to board partners, rather than using an Nvidia reference template.

This isn't the first time we've seen rumours concerning Nvidia's GF106 chip, but it's the first time we've seen it associated with a GeForce model number. Back in May, we spotted rumours concerning several new chips, including the GF104, GF106 and GF108. Now that the GF104 has already surfaced in the form of the GeForce GTX 460, it looks as though it's now the GF106's turn to escape the factory.

Nvidia refused to comment on the rumour, but we doubt it's far from the truth. The GeForce GTX 480 featured a 192-bit memory interface on 768MB cards, and a 256-bit memory interface on 1GB cards, so it makes sense that the GeForce GTS 250 would have a 128-bit memory interface. However, the 1GB of memory is surprising, given that the card up from it (the GeForce GTX 460) starts with 768MB.

According to the site, and previous rumours, the GeForce GTS 450 is scheduled to be released next month.