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
Roph
mdsx1950 said:
When will be seeing there higher end cards. Like GTX 485,490,495??
Wait for 1,700W power supplies first :laugh:
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aj28
HalfAHertz said:
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.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but GT 220 has 48 cores as well. It also has 128-bit memory, as well as DDR3 support. Heck, even the TDP was just a hair above this thing at 58W... I mean, aside from DX11 support, what's really new here?
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_JP_
Aleksander Dishnica said:
Anyway, i got a question: is this card faster than mine?
Well, yes it is, by a somewhat considerable margin. But even if nVidia releases a consumer SKU, I think you would be better off with a GTS 220 or a GTS 240/250. Also, the 2GB of RAM are pretty pointless.
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#4
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
aj28 said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but GT 220 has 48 cores as well. It also has 128-bit memory, as well as DDR3 support. Heck, even the TDP was just a hair above this thing at 58W... I mean, aside from DX11 support, what's really new here?
Clock speeds are also higher so that is nice if it truly does consume less power. Plus there is a built in sound device that the GT220 didn't have.

What else did you really expect from a low end product that was replacing another low end product?

I mean what is to be gained by going from an HD4350 to an HD5450? The specs are virtually identical, the clock speeds don't even change. So all you get is DX11 and a die shrink that results in a 5w power reduction...
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#5
makwy2
No wonder they didn't have an official announcement, they would have been overrun by hungry mobs talking about how "rad" four-twenty is...
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bear jesus
makwy2 said:
No wonder they didn't have an official announcement, they would have been overrun by hungry mobs talking about how "rad" four-twenty is...
Hungry as in they all have the munchies?
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#7
1c3d0g
It's probably faster than my poor 8600GT, which desperately needs updating. And no, I'm not gonna spend $200 for a bleeding GPU, < $100 is more like it. :)
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#8
kajson
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?
Exactly, this card is made to be sold in systems to mostly noobs, and if they know anything about vidcards, it's mostly that a vidcard's quality is derived from the amount of memory it has. (many of my friends believe this) So the only reason they put it in, is so big retailers can advertise the epicness of a 2GB! video card.
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mdsx1950
Roph said:
Wait for 1,700W power supplies first :laugh:
I'm pretty sure my 1500W PSU will be able to handle 2x GTX 495s :D, it's already handling two 5970 4GBs :p Even 3x 495s should ok but i doubt there will be 6-way SLI. :p lol
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