NVIDIA GTX 470, 480 Already Appearing in Gaming Desktops

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Even though NVIDIA’s new cards aren’t quite available for end users to order, they’re definitely stocked up on the OEM side of things. Maingear, whose SHIFT brand of very high-end gaming computers already offer the cards, is listing Fermi-based cards in multi-GPU configurations.

Of course, adding in three of NVIDIA’s new top-end GPUs is going to cause quite the rise in your power bill, not to mention a huge dent in your wallet. If you can afford the latter, however, you’re probably not going to be too worried about the former. What will it take to get three-way SLI into this rig? Just an additional $1700 over the computer’s base $1600 price tag. That doesn’t include the forced upgrade to a 1500W power supply, either, which adds an additional $400 before it’s all said and done.

The SHIFT is a high-end PC, though, for people with high-end budgets. And while it might seem ludicrous and an impossible product, when we met at CES, Maingear revealed that the lion’s share of their SHIFT orders topped $6000 on average. Clearly, the boutique PC maker is doing something right.




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