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Nvidia is working on a Geforce GTX 590 cooling unit

A software driver fix was not enough
Mon May 16 2011, 12:42

CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia is readying a hardware fix to its top of the range Geforce GTX 590 graphics card amid widespread reports of the card 'burning' under high load.

Nvidia released its range topping dual GPU Geforce GTX 590 in late March and while initial reviews put the card on a par with AMD's Radeon HD 6990, reports started to emerge of users burning their cards. A few days after the launch Nvidia updated its drivers to stop users from overvolting the video cards, however a simple software fix might not have been enough if reports are to be believed.

VR-Zone reports that Nvidia will introduce a revised Geforce 590 GTX design with new inductors added to the card. The change will mean a new baseplate, the heatsink that makes contact with the GPU, meaning that existing aftermarket coolers will be incompatible with the revised card.

If indeed Nvidia does revise its GTX 590 design for a modified cooler, it will raise questions as to why this wasn't caught in the firm's validation testing. With reports that Nvidia is steadily losing market share in its quest to move into embedded graphics, a validation testing failure is likely to damage its reputation.

VR-Zone claims that the revised Geforce GTX 590 card will arrive in June and will carry a 502 marking on the circuit board.

The INQUIRER contacted Nvidia and a couple of its video card partners asking whether they are working on a revised Geforce GTX 590 design, but has received no comment by press time. µ


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