Friday, September 3rd 2010

NVIDIA Slips in GeForce GT 420 Desktop Graphics Card

Without making any public announcement (because it's not meant for retail sale), NVIDIA listed its GeForce GT 420 graphics card. This product is available to OEMs only. The GT 420 is derived from the Fermi architecture, and is fully compliant with the latest PC graphics technologies, including DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4. NVIDIA's reference design is low-profile and single-slot, it draws all its power from the PCI-Express slot.

Under the hood is a 40 nm graphics core (perhaps GF108), it has 48 CUDA cores, and connects to 2 GB of memory across a 128-bit wide DDR3 memory interface, with 28.8 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The core is clocked at 700 MHz, CUDA cores at 1400 MHz, and memory at 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective). Display outputs include DVI, HDMI (full-size), and a detachable D-Sub connector. The card has a maximum power draw of 50W. Later down the line, one can expect NVIDIA to make a consumer GeForce SKU with the same specifications.
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34 Comments on NVIDIA Slips in GeForce GT 420 Desktop Graphics Card

#1
mdsx1950
Very nice card for a HTPC.
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#2
TheLostSwede
Only if there will be passively cooled versions
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#3
DaedalusHelios
420! Time to....... turn on the HTPC?

That could handle Source games and 1080p great I bet. Wonder what it will cost once it hits etail.
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#4
TheLostSwede
It won't, it's only for OEMs, so no need to wonder...
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#5
bear jesus
I have to admit i am a little sad that its oem only as i was interested in a low end 4xx card to get my htpc folding... i know there will be other options but i admit i kinda liked the name 420 :pimp:
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#6
zsolt_93
2GB-s of memory, why? Isn't that much for such a low end card, or it might be just a mistake?
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#7
MikeX
what's the point of this card?
Running dx11 = no frame rate satisfaction
by the time it gets here, GT 240 will still run better in many scenarios; plus it could be cheaper
Both of em are 40nm, so what's the catch ? :roll:
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#8
naram-sin
by: MikeX
what's the point of this card?
Running dx11 = no frame rate satisfaction
by the time it gets here, GT 240 will still run better in many scenarios; plus it could be cheaper
Both of em are 40nm, so what's the catch ? :roll:
This is Fermi. :D

But I'm glad that they decided to use 128-bit bus with this one. 64-bit bus belongs in the past (ATi!), even for low-end and/or HTPC GPU-s... I guess it's the OEMs that have something to do with this. At least partially...
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#9
HalfAHertz
:banghead::banghead::banghead:

Why did they go for 2gb of memory on a low profile card? They should have went for 1gb at the most. Even just 512mb would have been viable and would have also have halved the TDP to only 25-30W which is much more acceptable for a HTPC ...
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#10
RONX GT
@Nvidia.....GT 430 for desktop please.....
:laugh:
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#13
bigboi86
Nvidia GT

It's slow but you're so high it doesn't matter.
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#16
Lionheart
GT 440 for me thanx, if they come out, my new PhysX card :P
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#17
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Pretty much think this covers Nvidia on all fronts and price points now.
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#18
newtekie1
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by: TheLostSwede
It won't, it's only for OEMs, so no need to wonder...
Read the news post again. There will be a desktop SKU with the same specs released.

by: zsolt_93
2GB-s of memory, why? Isn't that much for such a low end card, or it might be just a mistake?
Classic low end card trick. Throw a shit load of memory on a low end card to make it look better in the eyes of Best Buy shoppers. When 128MB was the norm for high end cards, there were low end cards with 256MB, when 256MB became the high end norm there were 512MB low end cards, and so on. Anyone remember the 256MB FX5200s?

by: MikeX
what's the point of this card?
Running dx11 = no frame rate satisfaction
by the time it gets here, GT 240 will still run better in many scenarios; plus it could be cheaper
Both of em are 40nm, so what's the catch ? :roll:
DX11 is basically it.

I agree, kind of pointless, but consumers seem to really think DX11 is a necessity, even if the card can't actually use the DX11 features. I never understood that, but you see it from people even here on the forums.

by: naram-sin
This is Fermi. :D

But I'm glad that they decided to use 128-bit bus with this one. 64-bit bus belongs in the past (ATi!), even for low-end and/or HTPC GPU-s... I guess it's the OEMs that have something to do with this. At least partially...
Don't be surprised if we see an even lower end card with a 64-bit bus, probably G 410 or something.

Really, when you get that low end, memory bus doesn't really matter, it just makes the card more expensive.
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#19
lism
This 2GB of memory is overrated.

256MB should be enough for the amount of graphics power the chip has.
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#20
u2konline
Um nice that it has 2GB. But only OEM, no retail, boring looking design, just a waste of time.
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#21
Aleksander
Did anyone notice that the max temps for this cards are 105 C degree???
Anyway, i got a question: is this card faster than mine?
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#22
newtekie1
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by: Aleksander Dishnica
Did anyone notice that the max temps for this cards are 105 C degree???
Anyway, i got a question: is this card faster than mine?
105C is the standard max temp nVidia sets for all their recent cards.
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#23
HalfAHertz
by: Dj-ElectriC
50W

FAIL... again...
Ya but you have to remember that 20W of that is just for the ton of memory. And at least it has 3x the cores of the last gen so performance should be surprisingly spiffy.
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#24
micksh
by: MikeX
what's the point of this card?
Running dx11 = no frame rate satisfaction
by the time it gets here, GT 240 will still run better in many scenarios; plus it could be cheaper
Both of em are 40nm, so what's the catch ? :roll:
HD audio bitstreaming and 3D blu-ray support.
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#25
mdsx1950
When will be seeing there higher end cards. Like GTX 485,490,495??
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