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Nvidia Rebrands Two Graphics Cards as 600 Series for OEMs

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Nvidia apparently changed to 500-series OEM GPUs to entry-level 600-series versions.

Nvidia is recycling aging Fermi chips and offers them in a new wrapper. The GeForce GT 520 has turned into the GT 620, but comes with just half the memory 512/1024 MB instead of 1024/2048 MB. However, the new card now supports OpenGL 4.2 and not just 4.1.

Also "new" is the GeForce 605, which replaces the 510 model. The card drops the graphics clock speed from 810 to 523 MHz and the processor clock speed from 1620 to 1026 MHz. The texture fill rate declines from 6.5 GT/s to 4.2 GT/s. The 605 also comes with only half the memory of the 510 and is available with either 512 MB or 1024 MB. While the original cards were rated at a power consumption of 29 watts, the 620 draws 30 watts and the 605 draws 25 watts.

It is interesting to note that that the "new" cards are launched in the 600 number range, which suggests that they are based on Kepler architecture. Even on the Nvidia product page, the 605 and 620 are listed as being in the same family as the new "Kepler" GTX 680.

Nvidia's Bryan Del Rizzo confirmed to Tom's Hardware that both the 605 and the 620 are based on Fermi architecture. However, these are OEM cards and they won't make their way into retail and mainstream buyers may not really care whether there is Fermi or Kepler card in their PC.

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    KNO3 , April 4, 2012 11:09 PM
    I don't know why they don't just rename it the gtx 9999x. The uneducated masses clearly love those big numbers.
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    Murissokah , April 4, 2012 11:09 PM
    Wow... not only rebranded, but now also downclocked and memory ripped! Way to make product branding clear for the consumer.
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    jackbling , April 4, 2012 11:21 PM
    "hey bro i just upgraded my old gtx460 to a new gtx620, but thanks to stupid windows and their drivers it is running horrible, now i have to wait for windows 8 so my 8 core amd cpu and video card will work"

    When they rebranded the 9800gtx+ to a gts 250, i kinda shrugged because it was still a competent card(not to mention it dropped price around the same time), so there wasnt much to complain about. I don't even have a good comment for these; all i can figure is apple/dell/hp are wanting a cheap card so they can say, "WOW!!!New 600 series Nvidia card!!We are awesome, look at the price!!!"

    I am aware this is a useless post, but so are these cards.
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  • 28 Hide
    KNO3 , April 4, 2012 11:09 PM
    I don't know why they don't just rename it the gtx 9999x. The uneducated masses clearly love those big numbers.
  • 28 Hide
    Murissokah , April 4, 2012 11:09 PM
    Wow... not only rebranded, but now also downclocked and memory ripped! Way to make product branding clear for the consumer.
  • 24 Hide
    jackbling , April 4, 2012 11:21 PM
    "hey bro i just upgraded my old gtx460 to a new gtx620, but thanks to stupid windows and their drivers it is running horrible, now i have to wait for windows 8 so my 8 core amd cpu and video card will work"

    When they rebranded the 9800gtx+ to a gts 250, i kinda shrugged because it was still a competent card(not to mention it dropped price around the same time), so there wasnt much to complain about. I don't even have a good comment for these; all i can figure is apple/dell/hp are wanting a cheap card so they can say, "WOW!!!New 600 series Nvidia card!!We are awesome, look at the price!!!"

    I am aware this is a useless post, but so are these cards.
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    mrkdilkington , April 4, 2012 11:21 PM
    bigmack70Nvidia is getting worse than AMD with their rebranding of GPUs...It annoys me that they do this, but I guess there's enough gullible end users out there that it works.
    How are they progressively getting worse? They've been doing this for a decade.
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    matt_b , April 4, 2012 11:24 PM
    bigmack70Nvidia is getting worse than AMD with their rebranding of GPUs...It annoys me that they do this, but I guess there's enough gullible end users out there that it works.

    Nvidia has always been worse than ATI/AMD at this in my opinion. The best example coming to mind was the infamous 8800GT - good enough to stick it out for three generations. It would be nice when the two of them stop doing this, but they will continue. I understand fully why they do it, but wish they would at least stop issuing a new name for an old part - this creates a very gray area for litigation (surprised more sue-happy people haven't jumped on this one yet).
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    jackbling , April 4, 2012 11:28 PM
    matt_bNvidia has always been worse than ATI/AMD at this in my opinion. The best example coming to mind was the infamous 8800GT....


    Even though i mentioned the 9800gtx+ above, i had forgotten the 8800gt->9800gt debacle
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    chuckydb , April 4, 2012 11:44 PM
    Rip-off rebranding only for OEMs?

    Taking advantage of the uneducated masses once again.
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    confish21 , April 4, 2012 11:45 PM
    idk, I really only went amd because of the sexy retail box.
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    BlackHawk91 , April 4, 2012 11:59 PM
    People would would buy any OEM pc as long as they have dedicated graphics, sometimes the number doesn't even matter for them.
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    Anonymous , April 5, 2012 12:03 AM
    I could care less what they name their cards. If you are too stupid to look at the specifications before handing over your cash, thats your problem, not the manufacturers. Honestly if your buying a video card that is going into a gaming pc, you most likely know what you are looking for. If you Don't know what you are looking for then your not going to notice a difference in your facebook games anyhow.
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    nukemaster , April 5, 2012 12:13 AM
    vandaminatorAMD 5670 = 6670 = 7670With this move Nvidia really wants to lose for ivy bridge HD4000

    The 5670 does NOT = the 6670. Not by a long shot.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6670/1.html
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    buzznut , April 5, 2012 12:15 AM
    jackbling"hey bro i just upgraded my old gtx460 to a new gtx620, but thanks to stupid windows and their drivers it is running horrible, now i have to wait for windows 8 so my 8 core amd cpu and video card will work"When they rebranded the 9800gtx+ to a gts 250, i kinda shrugged because it was still a competent card(not to mention it dropped price around the same time), so there wasnt much to complain about. I don't even have a good comment for these; all i can figure is apple/dell/hp are wanting a cheap card so they can say, "WOW!!!New 600 series Nvidia card!!We are awesome, look at the price!!!"I am aware this is a useless post, but so are these cards.


    This sums it up pretty good for me as well.
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    A Bad Day , April 5, 2012 12:16 AM
    It's like Intel rebranding their Pentium 4s and Ds as Core 2 Duos or Solos.
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    amuffin , April 5, 2012 12:24 AM
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    amuffin , April 5, 2012 12:28 AM
    Gt 420 > Gt 520 > Gt 620

    See what I am getting at?
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    Unolocogringo , April 5, 2012 12:32 AM
    Because of yield problems the have a lot of defective chips. These chips with half the memory probably had part of the memory controller defective.
    Just like the 192bit GTX460 models.
    This allows them to sell defective chips. Instead of putting them in a landfill somewhere.
    Not saying it is right or wrong ,just adding a different perspective to the arguement.
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    alextheblue , April 5, 2012 12:32 AM
    michdad04I could care less what they name their cards. If you are too stupid to look at the specifications before handing over your cash, thats your problem, not the manufacturers. Honestly if your buying a video card that is going into a gaming pc, you most likely know what you are looking for. If you Don't know what you are looking for then your not going to notice a difference in your facebook games anyhow.
    Enthusiasts that build their own will do the research. Rebranding doesn't affect me personally (my next card will probably be a 7850 if nothing changes in the near future), but what about other PC gamers? If you can't/won't/don't want to build your own, should you need an engineering degree to know what computer to buy to play the latest titles?

    You can't count on just "Well you get what you pay for" when it comes to graphics capabilities. If you did that, you could very well end up buying a fairly expensive machine with a really piss-poor OEM-rebranded video card (see above). Crap like this is why consoles sell like hotcakes. You plug it in, it plays games. It's not as pretty, but then again, a lot of people just don't care enough about that.
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    Benihana , April 5, 2012 12:32 AM
    KNO3I don't know why they don't just rename it the gtx 9999x. The uneducated masses clearly love those big numbers.

    Lol, made me laugh IRL.
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    monsta , April 5, 2012 12:53 AM
    Who cares its not like these cards are gaming cards that any of us are going to purchase, dont get what the big deal is
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