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Nvidia Intros Dual-GPU Card Next Month?

By - Source: Nordic Hardware | B 56 comments

Nvidia is supposedly releasing a dual-GPU card next month to rival AMD's similar offering.

Last week brought reports that Nvidia confirmed the name of its upcoming dual-GPU card slated for a February launch.

Called the GeForce GTX 590, the card is expected to arrive in the same time frame as AMD's similar offering, the dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 "Antilles"also set for a supposed February release. Nvidia is also expected to launch the new card in the same manner as it did with the GeForce GTX 580: surprisingly sudden, catching AMD off-guard.

Based on a 40-nm fabrication process, the currently unannounced GTX 590 will reportedly come packed with two GF110 GPUs with 512 CUDA cores each, totaling 1024 CUDA cores. The card will also feature a 2 x 384-bit memory interface, 3 GB of GDDR5 memory and support for DirectX 11.

Nordic Hardware speculates that Nvidia chose to max the CUDA count instead of turning off shader blocks and increasing GPU frequencies, offering a more efficient solution. The dual-GPU card will thus have lower clock frequencies and voltages than the new GeForce GTX 580 with a 244-watt TDP using just one GF110 GPU. For now, it's unknown just how much power the dual-GPU card will actually consume when it hits the market, but expect a lot.

Unnamed sources have also confirmed that the reference design is set. The end product will likely sport a full-cover cooler with a large 90-mm radial fan mounted in the center. The size will be close to what the GeForce GTX 295 (Gen. 2) offers, but may be a bit longer.

With February just a day away, we're looking at a very exciting month. Stay tuned as the week progresses.

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    damric , January 31, 2011 9:14 PM
    fire hazard
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    damric , January 31, 2011 9:14 PM
    fire hazard
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    ikefu , January 31, 2011 9:16 PM
    Sweet! A battle of two cards that will account for 0.001% of video cards purchased. Entertaining for sure but not practical for most. Its just for bragging rights.

    How about a dual 6850 card that costs less than two separate cards? Or a dual 460 card. That would definitely draw my attention.
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    house70 , January 31, 2011 9:17 PM
    It will be an interesting match... can't wait to see head-to-head comparison reviews.
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    Lutfij , January 31, 2011 9:19 PM
    nvidia need to include a fire extinguisher in the GTX 590 bundle. :)  :D  :lol:  but i must admit , the GTX 580 phantom is an awesome lookign card with REALLLY good grafix...too bad your the room heater wont be needed as summer rolls down in a couple of weeks...
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    dragonsqrrl , January 31, 2011 9:26 PM
    Nice, first leaked image I've seen of the card. It's good to see the rumored specs staying pretty consistent. Looks like it does indeed require a 2x 8 pin power configuration, with the potential to deliver around 375W. Also see 3 DVI ports and what looks like a mini HDMI, but it's difficult to be certain from this angle. Well, really excited to see this go head to head with the HD6990 next month, can't wait to see the benchmarks.
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    alidan , January 31, 2011 9:27 PM
    if i ran a tech store, i would sell these with a fire extinguisher just for the lols

    that said, amd and nvidia need to put out more dual core chipsets, so long as the dual core out preforms the best single core, it warrants production. i dont have the ability to go dual cards, due to motherboard constraints, and my unwillingness to dick around with drivers and get it to work right.
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    nforce4max , January 31, 2011 9:27 PM
    Forget fire extinguisher get a hailene gas fire extinguishing system that fills the whole room full of gas that removes the oxygen that fuels the fire.
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    PudgyChicken , January 31, 2011 9:34 PM
    IMO the 590 will perform better however consume more power than the 6990, however both will have approximately the same heat output. The 6990 will probably be around $700, the 590 $800. Just guestimates here, but reasonable ones at that.
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    blibba , January 31, 2011 9:44 PM
    How on earth are they keeping this to 375W? Is it running at 500mhz?

    For sure aftermarket overclocker orientated cards are going to need extra connectors. That said, with fully fledged cores, overclocking potential for those with the cooling and power to feed it should be beastly.
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    fonzy , January 31, 2011 9:46 PM
    We need games that take advantage of graphics cards from like 3 years ago... never mind today.
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    geekapproved , January 31, 2011 9:50 PM
    I think it's ridiculous. Who needs that? Someone benchmarking Crysis? I mean seriously, I'm for better coding and software developement and more gpu efficiency.
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    warezme , January 31, 2011 9:52 PM
    those cards aren't for everyone

    but two of those look like possible replacements for my old 295's. Quad SLI is always the best combo.
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    stm1185 , January 31, 2011 9:57 PM
    I wonder how the removal of Sandybridge from the market until Intel gets the fixed Mobos shipping is going to impact the sales of these new top end GPUs.
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    aaron88_7 , January 31, 2011 10:15 PM
    stm1185I wonder how the removal of Sandybridge from the market until Intel gets the fixed Mobos shipping is going to impact the sales of these new top end GPUs.

    Nobody in the market for a dual GPU video card is going to be buying any of these new SB chips, they are all waiting for LGA 2011 while sticking with their 980x. At least if I was spending that much money that's what I'd be doing. The only reason I even thought of picking up a 580 for my new SB system is for an eventual migration to LGA 2011.
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    dertechie , January 31, 2011 10:19 PM
    fonzyWe need games that take advantage of graphics cards from like 3 years ago... never mind today.


    Metro 2033 says hi. Sure, I can max it at 1920x1200 with a 6950, but not at 2560x1600 or triple-monitor resolutions.
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    bison88 , January 31, 2011 10:25 PM
    I have to ask since they've given the rough length size. How much further can we push the limits of these cards size? It seems to have been "just a little bigger" for generations now. Cards are damn near as long as my case from front to back. At some point it has to stop, my case is wide and fairly empty but it's cluster fucking the internal cables more than anything. The demand for performance over design is going to come to a horrible breaking point at this rate.
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    mickey21 , January 31, 2011 10:27 PM
    So true, SB is alright, but most power users like myself are waiting for the true replacement of 1366, socket 2011.
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    yyk71200 , January 31, 2011 11:04 PM
    PudgyChickenIMO the 590 will perform better however consume more power than the 6990, however both will have approximately the same heat output. The 6990 will probably be around $700, the 590 $800. Just guestimates here, but reasonable ones at that.

    I am not sure this will be the case. You see, AMD just doesn't have to clock 6990 lower than 6970 as much as 590 than 580 to stay within power consumption specifications.
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    reprotected , January 31, 2011 11:29 PM
    yyk71200I am not sure this will be the case. You see, AMD just doesn't have to clock 6990 lower than 6970 as much as 590 than 580 to stay within power consumption specifications.

    But you have to note that they add more CUDA; which makes no sense. It's like how the 6990 is going to be 10 better than 6970.
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    rebturtle , January 31, 2011 11:43 PM
    BOINC will never be the same. Casual gamers might not have a realistic use for this beast, but I do!
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