CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia is not working on a revised Geforce GTX 590 video card design, according to one of its top partners.
Following reports yesterday that Nvidia was unable to permanently fix an overvolting issue that led to Geforce GTX 590 boards 'burning' through modifying the software, there were mutterings that Nvidia was working on a modified Geforce GTX 590 reference board design. The new design would have a beefier baseplate it was claimed, however Evga, one of Nvidia's top high-end video card partners has told The INQUIRER that there is no new Geforce GTX 590 board design in the works.
Both Joe Darwin, director of technical marketing and Ben Berraondo, senior EMEA PR manager at Nvidia told The INQUIRER exactly the same thing, saying, "Nvidia regularly adds alternate source components to products as part of normal supply chain management, but there is no new Geforce GTX 590 board design as rumoured." They added, "All Geforce GTX 590 graphics cards run great as originally designed."
While those Geforce GTX 590 owners that have burnt their cards might disagree with Darwin's last comment, his claim that Nvidia won't be bringing out a new version flies in the face of what many other media outlets reported over the past few days. It is true that some reference designs do receive tweaks over their lifetime, something that Barraondo says "happens all through the lifecycle of all of our cards", but Evga's two Geforce GTX 590 boards feature slightly different cooling solutions to most other boards.
Evga's Classified Geforce GTX 590 has a baseplate on the back of the board that covers pretty much the whole of the PCB and its Geforce GTX 590 Classified Hydro Copper is a water cooled version with similar attention paid to the front and back of the board. With such cooling it is perhaps not surprising that Darwin claims that Geforce GTX 590s 'run great'.
Scott Bentley, marketing components specialist at MSI, got back to The INQUIRER, saying that he had not "heard anything concerete on this rumoured card from Nvidia or MSI HQ yet". Given that the revised card was said to be hitting the shelves in June, Bentley's comment adds further credence to Darwin's statement that Nvidia is not currently preparing a new Geforce GTX 590 design in the short term.
Nevertheless with Nvidia not announcing any major revisions, those who were on the fence about purchasing Nvidia's range topping board might either dive in or consider AMD's own dual GPU Radeon 6990 card. µ