Friday, March 9th 2012

More Pictures of GK104 Reference Board Surface

Here is a brief compilation of all the new images of the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce Kepler high-performance product, which our forum members posted through the day. The pictures reinforce the 3QTR picture that surfaced this Thursday, and full-length picture of the PCB that surfaced earlier this month. The first picture below, reveals what is essentially the card that was pictured yesterday, with its cooler shroud taken out. You will find a conventional air-channel cooler design. A lateral-flow fan, which looks similar to the one used in GeForce GTX 580/570), directs air through a dense aluminum channel array, which draws heat from key components such as the GPU, memory, and VRM, using a vapor-chamber plate (again, similar to the one used on high-end GeForce GTX 500 series). Towards the rear portion, you'll spot the piggy-backed 6+6-pin PCIe power connector cluster. You will also find the black rugged metal base-plate flowing along the full length of the PCB, structurally reinforcing it, and performing some cooling functions.

Moving on, the second picture reveals the same VRM area we saw earlier, on the green-colored PCB engineering sample, with its five NVVDD phases. The third picture is the first, of the reverse side of the PCB. Revealing most of the solder points, and electrical circuitry. The driver ICs of each of the NVVDD phases can be seen here. These two pictures confirm that the retail version of the GK104 product will feature a black PCB (the brown tinge is natural, due to the dense network of traces and ground layers, made of copper). The fourth picture reveals what looks like NVIDIA's Media Kit. Reputed reviewers get a NVIDIA-branded "media kit", which contains the graphics card sample to review, and other relevant documentation in printed form, along with a driver CD, and other accessories. These cards are not branded by any AIC partner, and are 100% compliant to NVIDIA's reference design and clock speeds.

Many Thanks to our community members JaredPace and CrapDaddy.
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26 Comments on More Pictures of GK104 Reference Board Surface

#3
entropy13
by: LAN_deRf_HA
What day do the reviews go up?
The 20-something of March. :p :laugh:
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#4
Casecutter
Wow! this has all the makings of... yawnnn

They better go up sooner than the 20th, because the way this thing dribbles on folk will just be dreadfully apathetic to what shows.
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#5
badtaylorx
apathy towards a new card....yeah right
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#6
Casecutter
by: badtaylorx
apathy
He had a birthday yesterday. :wtf:
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#7
the54thvoid
by: entropy13
The 20-something of March. :p :laugh:
Thats retail release date is it not?

I thought NDA was lifting on the 12th (therefore reviews out as well). If reviewers have their cards in hand now judging by above media release picture then I think CD at S/A's release schedule post is maybe true.
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#8
Delta6326
by: the54thvoid
Thats retail release date is it not?

I thought NDA was lifting on the 12th (therefore reviews out as well). If reviewers have their cards in hand now judging by above media release picture then I think CD at S/A's release schedule post is maybe true.
You maybe right I think W1zz got his card :D

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2568503#post2568503
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#9
nickbaldwin86
those power connectors.... gross... going to suck for water blocks
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#10
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: nickbaldwin86
those power connectors.... gross... going to suck for water blocks
I dont see how itll be any different its just 2 6 pin power on top of each other instead of next to each other. It seems its going to be easier for water clocks. they have more space.
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#12
kurik
The 2nd picture is quite interesting. I wonder why they choose to have support for multiple mosfet packages? That does look like pads for d-pak package? Are we looking at variants for more power or just second sourcing or perhaps this is just a development board.
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#13
Bambooz
by: kurik
The 2nd picture is quite interesting. I wonder why they choose to have support for multiple mosfet packages? That does look like pads for d-pak package? Are we looking at variants for more power or just second sourcing or perhaps this is just a development board.
I assume they planned for both so they can put on there whatever they can get cheaper later on to increase profit/margin (?)
I've seen something similar all the way back on GF7 AGP cards. They were designed for both surface mount and through-hole capacitors of various sizes, most likely for the same reason as above.
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#14
DarkOCean
by: Therion_I
Love the pixelated design!
Minecraft style.
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#15
semantics
What's with the mosaic? Is this porn to the Japanese? I knew it, now when i but it, it really will be my epeen.
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#17
eddman
670 Ti; What about 680?
I see 2 x 6 pins there. hmm, lower power consumption than 7970? although the number of pins doesn't tell much. 570 with 2 x 6 consumes more than a 6970 with 6 + 8.
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#20
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: nvidiaintelftw
I dont see how itll be any different its just 2 6 pin power on top of each other instead of next to each other. It seems its going to be easier for water clocks. they have more space.
Some of them like it sleek looking in a single slot solution with the brackets replaced of course.
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#21
kurik
by: Bambooz
I assume they planned for both so they can put on there whatever they can get cheaper later on to increase profit/margin (?)
I've seen something similar all the way back on GF7 AGP cards. They were designed for both surface mount and through-hole capacitors of various sizes, most likely for the same reason as above.
The thing is... the d-pak or whatever package they have as backup does pack alot more punch if needs be compared to the ones mounted on the picture. Thats why I wonder if we will see more high end cards where this is needed.
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#22
NHKS
:respect: JaredPace and CrapDaddy, THANKS!
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#24
Dj-ElectriC
^Are you talking about Japanese or graphics cards?
Cuz both right.
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