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Nvidia Planning a Dual-GF106 GPU GeForce SLI?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 47 comments

The more the merrier.

We observed from our own experiences from the Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 that the GF106 chip is quite formidable for the price – and the performance scales superlatively when paired with a twin GPU.

Now there's speculation that Nvidia could be plotting on releasing a dual-GF106 video card later this year. KitGutu said that it has data sheets on two GTS 450 cards, one rated at 75W and the second at 150W. Nvidia also listed two different GTS 450 cards in its driver.

While that's hardly conclusive evidence, it's certainly a nice hint that there could be a card coming for those who crave as many Nvidia GPUs possible in a system.

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    thesmokingman14 , September 16, 2010 12:21 PM
    But, at $129 for 1 gpu and probably around $240 for the dual version, it would be cheaper and easier to just purchase a GTX 460. At the very least, even if they are priced the same, one would not gain very much. So, WHAT'S THE POINT!?!
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    apache_lives , September 16, 2010 12:06 PM
    could this be a budget dual-gpu card?

    either that or 150w is a super-overclocked version of the card...
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    styrkes , September 16, 2010 12:14 PM
    So in 5 years time a mainstream computer will have a 20-core cpu and a hexa-gpu
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    FireBean , September 16, 2010 12:15 PM
    Well color me pink, and spank me happy. That would be nice to see on the market. A budget dual GPU card that's nice and fast that doesn't need a nVidia chipset for us AMD owners...
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2010 12:20 PM
    Lets hope the pressure from new ATI series forces them to release dual 460 card (preferably further sli-scallable). Atm its not likely since it would mostly cannibalize their own gtx 470/480 sales, but with ATI forcing GF100 out of the market it might happen.
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    thesmokingman14 , September 16, 2010 12:21 PM
    But, at $129 for 1 gpu and probably around $240 for the dual version, it would be cheaper and easier to just purchase a GTX 460. At the very least, even if they are priced the same, one would not gain very much. So, WHAT'S THE POINT!?!
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    proxy711 , September 16, 2010 12:36 PM
    thesmokingman14But, at $129 for 1 gpu and probably around $240 for the dual version, it would be cheaper and easier to just purchase a GTX 460. At the very least, even if they are priced the same, one would not gain very much. So, WHAT'S THE POINT!?!


    Because a dual core gts 450 should out preform the Gtx 460. now if it doesn't there really isn't much point.
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    abhijitkalyane , September 16, 2010 12:38 PM
    I guess if they have to release a dual GPU solution, the 450 is their best bet right now. A dual 460 would cannibalize the 480 sales, as Two GT 460s in SLI beat a 480. Anyways, a dual 450 would still land in an already crowded part of the price-performance spectrum, and might help the prices down of other GPUs.
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    jgv115 , September 16, 2010 12:44 PM
    Sounds good from nVidia. Now if they go and lower prices of the GTS450 to 100-110 dollars, it will be a top seller!!!
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    Marco925 , September 16, 2010 12:47 PM
    nebunget with the program....intel rocks...while amd is trying to keep up

    i wouldn't necessarily say they're playing catch up, i own AMD Systems myself and they run very well. not only that, they're better performance per dollar. pairing up AMD and ATI allows for a great system to be built for a great price.
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    nforce4max , September 16, 2010 12:47 PM
    The only thing that comes to mind that is any ware near reasonable is a quad display card and maybe experiment at the same time to see how hot the card will be. Quadro possibility.
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    Emperus , September 16, 2010 12:47 PM
    Wonder how would this effect the GTX 470 and the HD 5850 if the performance scales equal to (preferably over) it..!! And that too at a lower power draw..
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    meat81 , September 16, 2010 1:15 PM
    This is a good idea to release a budget dual GPU solution but it would be nice to see an enthusiast dual GPU solution as well. The least they can do with AMD releasing the 6000 series soon. I dont think the 480 sales would get hurt if they did this.
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    enzo matrix , September 16, 2010 1:33 PM
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    one rated at 75W and the second at 150W.

    Are you guys absolutely sure that it's not "both rated at 75W adding to a total of 150W"?
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    ares1214 , September 16, 2010 1:39 PM
    Enzo MatrixAre you guys absolutely sure that it's not "both rated at 75W adding to a total of 150W"?


    Yeah, that was my impression. Even if they do make a card with 2 low power 450's sandwiched together, it likely wont come in time for 6xxx, and it just seems like a desparation move to me.
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    scook9 , September 16, 2010 2:14 PM
    I think the 75W part is just a laptop GPU. The current power budget for MXM 3 cards is 75W and there has been alot of talk about a GTX 470m coming out sometime soon
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    erikstarcher , September 16, 2010 2:19 PM
    Why make a dual gf106 when it would be the same as a full gf104 (not a gtx460)? A full uncut gf104 should preform better then 2xgf106's in sli, and probably use less power.
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    lamorpa , September 16, 2010 2:57 PM
    Rewrite for clarity:

    From our own experience, the Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 (using the GF106 chip) has a great price/performance ratio, and this performance scales superlatively with a second card.

    There's speculation Nvidia might release a dual-GF106 video card later this year. KitGutu stated it has data sheets on two GTS 450 cards: one rated at 75W and the second at 150W. Also, Nvidia listed two different GTS 450 cards in its driver.

    It's hardly conclusive evidence, but certainly a nice hint there could be a card coming for those who crave as many Nvidia GPUs possible in a system.
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    coldmast , September 16, 2010 3:02 PM
    thesmokingman14WHAT'S THE POINT!?!

    They're doing their part to help global warming, what are you doing? /sarcasm
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    theoutbound , September 16, 2010 3:14 PM
    A dual GF106 is interesting but seems a bit complicated with regards to performance and pricing. I'm not sure where it is intended to slot in to the Fermi lineup, unless pricing changes are coming on a number of cards.
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