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|2nd October 2009, 12:36||#1|
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Nvidia 'demonstrated' a non-functional Fermi dummy?
These detailed pictures have started a rather speedily rotating rumour mill claiming a conspiracy theory that Nvidia does not in fact have a working Fermi sample and the entire architecture only exists on paper. To cover up for this, Nvidia hastily fabricated a non-working dummy for the audience. The previous pictures shot from distance were rather convincing - the close-ups being questionable.
One of the more interesting pictures leaked is the GF100 die covered by a heatspreader. This is undoubtedly a massive chip - visually it appears to be as large as a GT200b. We are talking A1 silicon (A2 is the silicon shipped to consumers - if all goes according to plan) fabricated late-August, early-September. Incidentally, this is when the <10% yield rumours hit the web. The chip is marked "7". Obviously, no one would be marking chips unless they were rather rare.
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