Originally Posted by shadow001
The only chip that was close to Fermi's size in Nvidia's history was the original G80 GPU,when built at the 65 nm process,at about 576mm^ and it also used a 6 + 8 pin PCI-e power connector arrangement,using about 225 watts,but even then,the G80 was about 780 million transistors,give or take.
The original G80 uses 2x6 pin power connectors, was built on the 90 nm process, and was about 680 million transistors. Nvidia moved to the 65 nm node with the introduction of the G9x series. In any case, whether or not a refresh could or can alleviate unconfirmed issues with Fermi is anyones guess.