GTX 490 throws down to 5970

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Behind closed doors at Computex, nVidia is likely to be showing its most important partners a very serious piece of new kit. The GTX490. Remember when the 7950 GX2 was considered power-hungry for pulling 110w in 3D testing?  Looking back at that era, it seems that ATI and nVidia just weren’t trying hard enough.

As we continue to look under the rocks in Taiwan, more interesting information about nVidia’s new high-end card has come to light. To be honest, water-damage and exposure to UV rays means the ink has run in places and we’re looking at this document over a weak video link, but we’re pretty sure that the key info is intact. Question remains: Is it accurate?

Firstly, it shows that the GTX490 is a dual-GPU card.  We gathered that.

It’s likely to use the Fermi GTX470 processors, but we’re unable to confirm the exact clocks etc.

GTX490’s power draw looks to be around 375w.

Given that the GTX470 is a 215w part when shipped on its own PCB, there would appear to be some serious down-clocking in action.

We know from the big notebook manufacturers that nVidia sells GTX chips that can run on as little as 100 watts (if you have plenty of spare money and can wait for them to be speed binned).

The key question won’t be “Can the GTX490 beat the original 2GB Radeon HD 5970?”.

The actual question will be “Can GTX490 beat the new 4GB Radeon HD 5970?”.

KitGuru says: Like watching a 20 year old Mike Tyson looking to re-unify the heavyweight belts, we just can’t wait for these boyz to get into the ring and knock seven shades of crap out of each other!

Discuss in our forum over here or just leave a quick comment below.

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  • Steven Frederick
    May 23, 2010
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    Looking forward to seeing the GTX 490. will need a nuclear power plant to run two of those puppies in SLI.

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  • death dealer
    May 23, 2010
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    Yeah all the high end boards are mental for power requirements. the 5970 for instance? sound like a helicopter during takeover and consume about £20 on boot up.

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  • eric k
    May 23, 2010
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    Will be interesting to see the reviews when they start appearing on the net.

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  • [Tin đồn] GTX 470 có thể là hạt nhân cho phiên bản Fermi 2 nhân ? « vozExpress
    May 24, 2010
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    [...] đây”, được xem là sẽ dùng 2 nhân GF104. Nhưng với nguồn tin của KitGuru thì nhiều khả năng sẽ là 2 nhân GF100 vốn được dùng trên GTX 470. Bạn chú ý [...]

  • Anonymous
    May 24, 2010
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    [...] and recently introduced HD 5970 cards with 4GB of memory could give AMD a fighting chance. More here. MSI confirms GTX 465 Will make a Lightning one During its pre-Computex press event held in [...]

  • DX11 Cards
    May 24, 2010
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    [...] Did you find this post helpful? Yes | No GTX 490 throws down to 5970 May 23rd, 2010 at 9:01 am – Author faith Behind closed doors at Computex, nVidia is likely to [...]

  • Per A
    May 24, 2010
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    @Steven Frederick: You don’t need a nuclear plant, as a GTX 490 SLi will only draw half the power your mothers hairdryer use on the bathroom. You can also use your car-battery:)

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  • Rumor: Nvidia to Dub Dual-GPU Fermi Card “GTX 490″ : Test Drive
    May 24, 2010
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    [...] According to kitguru.net, which "continue[s] to look under the rocks in Taiwan," the GTX 490 will in all likelihood use a pair of GTX 470 processors. From what they gather, the power draw will be around 375W. That means you can probably expect some downclocking under the hood, as the GTX 470 draws 215W as a standalone card. [...]

  • [FZ] NVIDIA's Dual-GPU Fermi to be GTX490 - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
    May 25, 2010
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    [...] for these boyz to get into the ring and knock seven shades of crap out of each other! Source 1 Source 2 __________________ For Trade: NVIDIA GeForce GTX295 + Cash for GTX470/GTX480 Official NVIDIA [...]

  • Aki ja
    May 25, 2010
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    Remember that chips can be downclocked as well as overclocked to create the profile you need. Mother’s hairdryers need not be required to deliver this power.

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  • Athens Technologies » Στα 375W αναμένεται το TDP της νέας Nvidia Geforce GTX 490
    May 26, 2010
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    [...] Σύμφωνα με τις τελευταίες πληροφορίες οι δύο επεξεργαστές γραφικών θα είναι τύπου GF104, σαν αυτό που θα ενσωματώνει η επερχόμενη Geforce GTX 460, μολονότι οι χρονισμοί θα είναι χαμηλότεροι. Το TDP αναμένεται να βρίσκεται κοντά στα 375W. Περισσότερες πληροφορίες θα βρείτε εδώ. [...]

  • GTX 480: To SLI Or Not To SLI, That Is The Question? - Hardware Canucks
    May 26, 2010
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    [...] would wait for the GTX 490's but that's [...]

  • Dayblade
    June 18, 2010
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    Would be interesting to see the GTX 490′s true power consumption / and clock rates. At the rate of GPU development, we are going to need a flux capacitor and 1.21 GIGAWATTS of power to get these cards up and running. When will the time come when GPU’s are multicore?

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  • nitin
    July 31, 2010
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    When Nvidia will release gtx 490 ati will release new 6000 series possilbly with dx12 because ati have been quite for a long whlie(must be building southerns islands)

    Also when nvidia releases the gtx 490 its power consumption could be between 350w-420w depending upon the shit they make. For now ati has the crown eager to know what happens in the future.

    Nvidia vs Ati war has been going on for months and nvidia was ahead most of the time and the first to release dx10 cards. Nvidia cards have better physics and tessalation in dx11 ati drivers suck and fuck. Ati does not have good tessalation and physics. Ati is just some bumb bastard trying to fuck with nvidia. Ati is in nvidia’s shoes. I will fuck ati you motherfucker ati sounds like some 18TH century poor company trying to strugle with nvidia. Ati is stone age shit. Sorry Ati would have abused you more but have less time (will abuse you tomorrow)

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  • Fisshy
    January 10, 2011
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    You enjoy that man.
    Bet you would kill in the name of Jen Hsun Huang too.

    If you don’t know who or what that is. You fail as a fanboi.

    What crown is this? Single GPU performance or GPU performance?

    If you think AMD drivers suck maybe you should email Terry Makedon some suggestions! He is hiding somewhere deep within the Kitguru forums. But please don’t just sign up so you can troll me, or anyone else. Our Forums are civilized.

    Why are you talking about DX10 Cards? Tech is current and always changing.

    Have a nice day.

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