Two pictures of a graphics card that is claimed to be Nvidia Corp.'s next-generation flagship product has emerged on a Chinese web-site. While there are no proves that the graphics card is indeed the new high-end product from Nvidia, it does not look like anything that is currently available from the company or its partners.
The images were published by Chinese-language PCinlife web-site with the claim that they represent Nvidia GeForce GTX 580, the company's forthcoming flagship product based on the code-named GF110 graphics processing unit (GPU). There are no evidences - besides the claim - that the pictured graphics board is indeed the GTX 580 and not something else powered by either Nvidia's current-generation chip or yet unknown processor.
The quality of the pictures suggests that they were taken from an official presentation by the company. This may be a prove that the product is indeed real and if it is indeed the GTX 580, then it may be weeks or months away.
Unfortunately, the images themselves do not reveal a lot of information about the alleged GeForce GTX 580. Based on what we see, the card has two DVI-I outputs as well as an HDMI connector, which means that the novelty does not support technologies like ATI Eyefinity that support up to six displays per card. The cooling system is rather big, but not too advanced, which may indicate that power consumption of the product depictured is not too high.
Regrettably, at the moment we know almost nothing about the GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. Earlier reports claimed that the novelty was based on a new code-named GF110 graphics processing unit that has 512 stream processors along with other improvements. Given the fact that Nvidia already has experience with GF100 with 512 SPs and its costs, it is logical to expect Nvidia to maintain the number of stream processors and refine the design of the chip rather than to design a chip with higher amount of execution units.
Nvidia has already confirmed the refresh of the whole Fermi lineup in 2011.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
Tags: Nvidia, Geforce, Fermi, gf110, 40nm
Comments currently: 5
Discussion started: 10/29/10 07:51:10 AM
Latest comment: 10/31/10 03:36:43 AM
10/29/10 07:51:10 AM]
and let the Nvidia PR stunt and catch up begin. . .
10/29/10 07:59:30 AM]
It's a nVIDIA tradition ! It's the famous "#*Plastic Mockup*#" !
Long live the .... tradition
10/29/10 05:34:12 PM]
Must be alot of Fanboys or Nvidia Haters all over the web anymore.
Truth be told, I like what both companies are doing for the most part. If the GTX580 is 20% faster than the 480 than that is a good thing, no? I understand we have to wait for independent benchies, but if it is true that is good.
Remember back in the day when GPUs only scaled 8 - 10 percent when new cards came out. And we all thought that was so great because progress was being made.
Now performance is jumping up at twice that rate or better, depending on generational jumps and we mock the companies because we like another on instead.
It's progress people, and its a good thing. From what I read Power Consumption should be better with this card too as they incorporated improvements to the design much like the 460 cards have.
Time will tell so here to hoping both companies take us by surprise. I am in the market for a great card upgrade and will be following both AMD and Nvidia to see who gets my business.
10/30/10 11:40:41 AM]
what are you talking about? a 50% increase up to a doubling of performance use to be the norm for a new generation (not a refresh mind you)
because of the lack of any 32nm process that is unlikely to be the case this 'generation' but both companies are releasing refreshes, rather then new generations.
and so far all the numbers indicated ATI is doing the better job, reducing transistor numbers by 25% while providing near-equal performance to their high-end with their new midrange.
considering ATI's new high end is going to be close to the size of the original gtx480, while getting much more performance per transistor nvidia is going to need a lot more then a 20% increase in performance.
edit... no picture of the back of the card?
then how can we know if it uses wood screws or not?
10/31/10 03:36:43 AM]
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