Thursday, January 7th 2010

NVIDIA GF100 Graphics Card Chugs Along at CES

NVIDIA's next generation graphics card based on the Fermi architecture, whose consumer variant is internally referred to as GF100 got to business at the CES event being held in Las Vegas, USA, performing live demonstration of its capabilities. The demo PC is housing one such accelerator which resembles the card in past sightings. Therefore it is safe to assume this is what the reference NVIDIA design of GF100 would look like. The accelerator draws power from 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors. It has no noticeable back-plate, a black PCB, and a cooler shroud with typical NVIDIA styling. The demo rig was seen running Unigine Heaven in a loop showing off the card's advanced tessellation capabilities in DirectX 11 mode. The most recent report suggests that its market availability can be expected in March, later this year. No performance figures have been made public as yet.
A short video clip after the break.

Source: PCWatch
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105 Comments on NVIDIA GF100 Graphics Card Chugs Along at CES

#1
TheMailMan78
Big Member
TPU is the only review source you need. I've read tons of GPU reviews on here and they have yet to mislead me. If W1zz says the card is good than its good. If he say its "not great" than you better believe its shit.
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#3
phanbuey
its so weird to keep seeing pictures of the actual card in use but NOT ONE LEAKED BENCH. Weird and frustrating.
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#5
Thrackan
is it me or is that HDMI plug hardly usable?
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#6
phanbuey
Thrackan said:
is it me or is that HDMI plug hardly usable?
i think its just the angle of the shot... but a thick connector probably wouldn't fit :laugh:.
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#7
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
Did I hear correctly in the vid you posted btarunur, a chicken gun??
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
wolf said:
Did I hear correctly in the vid you posted btarunur, a chicken gun??
I thought it was a duck gun.
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
cadaveca said:
Capisco!!

Again, then why didn't they use just the single cable?
Because you aren't supposed to do that?

When you have a single cable, with both an 8-pin and a 6-pin, there is almost always a warning somewhere to not use both.

An 8-pin is rated for 150w, a 6-pin is rated for 75w. When you have a power supply that has both on a single cable, that cable is only rated for 150w, they just added the 6-pin for people that need two 6-pins, it eliminates the hassle of having a 8-pin to 6-pin adaptor. When you use the 8-pin you are using all 150w that the cable is rated for already, so you can't use the 6-pin.
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#11
OneCool
kid41212003 said:
It crashed....
Thats about all I got out of it too :laugh:
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#13
Bo_Fox
newtekie1 said:
Because you aren't supposed to do that?

When you have a single cable, with both an 8-pin and a 6-pin, there is almost always a warning somewhere to not use both.

An 8-pin is rated for 150w, a 6-pin is rated for 75w. When you have a power supply that has both on a single cable, that cable is only rated for 150w, they just added the 6-pin for people that need two 6-pins, it eliminates the hassle of having a 8-pin to 6-pin adaptor. When you use the 8-pin you are using all 150w that the cable is rated for already, so you can't use the 6-pin.
+1 on that. A standard 12v wire is rated for 2A current (about 25W per wire, 3 12v wires for 75W on a 6-pin PCI-e connector). Unless the PSU has some overcurrent protection, the wires will start melting if all of the connectors are plugged into those tri-SLI cards, sucking in 4A or more per wire that has to feed all of the connections.

Heck, I do not know.. perhaps the newer PSU's allow each 12v connection to be fed up to 4A's, and the wires are higher quality capable of handling the load?
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#14
[H]@RD5TUFF
pantherx12 said:
What a mess :laugh:
Not the cleanest set up I've ever seen no lol.
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#15
HalfAHertz
btarunr said:
I thought it was a duck gun.
Well you do have to be a quack to come up with such a crazy benchmark :)
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#17
Steevo
I'm counting 7 yellow wires on the first post images. Can anyone confirm? I blew the image up and used a tool to measure the wires and compared. The two on the bottom of the image look like one, but are thicker than one, and it has a slight shadow.
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#18
TheMailMan78
Big Member
I blew up the image and cleaned it up some. I hope this helps. I rushed but if need be I can clean it up more.

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#20
Steevo
I see 8 yellow and blue lines to feed this monster. Perhaps they realized they needed the extra juice, and since it was such a bad thing to ahve 8+8 they did extra power lines to the connector to keep it as a 8+6 connector?

So we now have the possibility of more than 300W to power this beast?


Really considering that it is supposed to be more powerful than a energy sipping 5870 it isn't a far fetched idea. More computational power means more electrical power, means more heat. So now to run one of these you will need a new PSU to run it efficiently.

And is it me or is that card running vertical? Do they really need that much extra air movement to use a ATI style blower, and they are forced to use draft from the direction of the card to keep it cool? Then again if it is dumping 350W or more of heat.........
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#21
[H]@RD5TUFF
Steevo said:
I see 8 yellow and blue lines to feed this monster. Perhaps they realized they needed the extra juice, and since it was such a bad thing to ahve 8+8 they did extra power lines to the connector to keep it as a 8+6 connector?

So we now have the possibility of more than 300W to power this beast?


Really considering that it is supposed to be more powerful than a energy sipping 5870 it isn't a far fetched idea. More computational power means more electrical power, means more heat. So now to run one of these you will need a new PSU to run it efficiently.

And is it me or is that card running vertical? Do they really need that much extra air movement to use a ATI style blower, and they are forced to use draft from the direction of the card to keep it cool? Then again if it is dumping 350W or more of heat.........
That's simply the case, I doubt there is any real reason, as you can see they also run 3 of them in SLI in a horrizontal position.

It's not even a preduction card and people are already trying to find problems with it. Sad very sad.

Are we really still debaiting this . .. :shadedshu
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#22
Steevo
When they have extra power wires going to power their cards, and they are supposed to be making the card as we speak to go on the shelf. It is a problem, when the cards are obviously drawing more power than the original connector can provide, it does spell issues for users with standard connectors. Missing 50W of power can cause some issues.
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#23
EastCoasthandle
Read this

Below is what they are claiming:
  • Fermi TDP: 300 Watt
Honestly, all I can say is what for some official word on this.
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#24
TheMailMan78
Big Member
EastCoasthandle said:
Read this

Below is what they are claiming:
  • Fermi TDP: 300 Watt
Honestly, all I can say is what for some official word on this.


If any of that is true Nvidia is pulling a HD2900 on us. If so I would skip that garbage........If its true.
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#25
EastCoasthandle
It is said that the Heaven Benchmark crashed (or was it their physx demo called Supersonic Sled..not sure) on Fermi over at Beyond3D.
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