GeForce GTX 590 in February with dual GF110

Published: 2nd Feb 2011, 10:46 GMT

GeForce GTX 590 in February with dual GF110 -
GeForce GTX 590 is the confirmed name of NVIDIA’s coming graphics card flagship. With dual GF110 GPUs the beafy graphics card will offer 1024 CUDA cores and 3GB memory. Perhaps the most exciting is that the launch is set for February, in the same timeframe as AMD Radeon HD 6990 is expected to arrive.

NVIDIA’s Fermi architecture have gone from being a laugh in 2009 to being the father of a very respectable graphics card family that boasts the fastest single-GPU graphics card around – GeForce GTX 580.

The company is on a roll now and is expected to follow up the launch of GeForce GTX 560 Ti with a new flagship. The new graphics card comes with dual graphics circuits and according to reliable sources the name is set to GeForce GTX 590.
Many CUDA cores before high frequencies

The new graphics card comes with two GF110 GPUs and NVIDIA has chosen to go all in with the shaders. It goes with the top model of GF110 with 512 CUDA cores, which results in 1024 CUDA cores in total and 2 x 384-bit memory bus.

The reason NVIDIA has chosen to use the maximal number of CUDA cores is that this becomes a more efficient solution than turning of shader blocks and increasing frequencies. GeForce GTX 590 will instead get considerably lower clock frequencies and voltages than GeForce GTX 580 that use a single GF110 GPU. This is a pretty obvious sacrifice considering that GTX 580 is rated 244 watt TDP, with just one GPU.

Report: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 to be exclusive, hand-picked

As we reported a few days back, NVIDIA is all set to release a dual-GPU variant of GF100 after all, rumoured to be branded the GeForce GTX 590. Given GeForce GTX 580’s power consumption of 244W when throttled, and nearly 300W in Furmark with throttling disabled, there have been plenty of question marks regarding the power consumption of GTX 590. Nordichardware reports that NVIDIA is planning to hand pick (aggressively bin) GF100 chips with lowest leakage and voltage characteristics. There’s no doubt the GTX 590 will be much underclocked compared to the GTX 580, still.

Previous leaked pictures of dual-GF100 suggest 2×8-pin power configuration, breaking the PCI-SIG certification. The TDP will most likely be in the 375W range, if the same configuration is maintained. Realistically, this is the minimum power one would expect from a dual-GF100 monster.

The GTX 590 will be a very, very expensive graphics card, and availability is likely to be very limited. Despite the high price, over 1000 mm2 of the finest silicon real estate costs an exorbitant amount to produce, and NordicHardware suggests NVIDIA have no chance of making any money directly from the GTX 590. The main intention is a PR stunt, relying on the halo effect.

by WhyCry

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