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Friday, 19 November 2010 10:31

Nvidia's dual chip card waits for Antilles

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Most likely 2011
Nvidia has a dual GF110 card that is supposed to launch very soon. However, since AMD has postponed its dual-chip card for Q1 2011 it looks like Nvidia will do the same.

Sources close to company are saying that Nvidia partners are more or less ready and that the company can pull a quick launch even in 2010, but it looks like it will only happen after AMD's Antilles Radeon HD 6990 dual chip card comes out. Nvidia badly wants the two-chip card performance crown and has to see and study Antilles before its launch. The rumoured name for dual GF110 card is Geforce GTX 590.

We still have to see Cayman Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 cards in late 2010, and whether they can beat Geforce GTX 580 and soon to launch Geforce GTX 570. The challenge for AMD is that making a big chip and clocking it high is not that easy.

Last time ATI did this was with R600, more than three years ago and things didn't go as smooth as planned. The chip was quite hot and didn’t perform that well. After that the head of graphics Rick Bergman said that ATI is changing the course to make RV770 and a year later RV870, two chips that were chasing AMD's performance-per-watt dream.

Now this dream is apparently over as Cayman, a massive chip is powering Antilles, Radeon HD 6990. Let’s hope it all goes well for AMD.
Last modified on Friday, 19 November 2010 12:57
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+6 #1 Runadumb 2010-11-19 11:27
I could really do with that dual chip right now nvidia as I have just ordered 3 Dell U3311H monitors (sale on).
I am now wondering if I should get 2x260GTX, 1x5870 or wait very impatiently for this new cayman card. If stupid Nvidia supported 3 displays from one card I would just order a 580GTX right now.
Pros and cons to all these options. I will probably snap the second the monitors arrive and buy something...anything just to tide me over.
 
 
-188 #2 Tr0y 2010-11-19 11:28
Antilles will be a beast!

- 3840 Stream Processors
- 4D - not 5D (yeah!!)
- 775 MHz clock speed
- 6,0 TeraFLOPS single precision
- 4 GByte GDDR5
- power: no more than 300 Watt under load

So it shouldn't be a problem to beat even a dual core 580.
 
 
+53 #3 distinctively 2010-11-19 11:29
A 450W card. Good idea.
 
 
+38 #4 OnaZ 2010-11-19 11:43
Quoting Runadumb:
I could really do with that dual chip right now nvidia as I have just ordered 3 Dell U3311H monitors (sale on).
I am now wondering if I should get 2x260GTX, 1x5870 or wait very impatiently for this new cayman card. If stupid Nvidia supported 3 displays from one card I would just order a 580GTX right now.
Pros and cons to all these options. I will probably snap the second the monitors arrive and buy something...anything just to tide me over.

Look Eyefinity is the way to go i really can't buy Nvidia cause that would put my other 2 displays to waste so Nvidia is not doing it for me.
 
 
-133 #5 HiTechpro 2010-11-19 11:50
Quoting Tr0y:
Awesome. So the AMD 6990 will NEVER be the fastest card 8)

And all you AMD fanboys can start a never ending whining :lol:


:D :D yes poor slow AmD
 
 
+54 #6 loadwick 2010-11-19 11:54
Leaked 6970 performance figures are saying that Cayman is 30-50% better than Barts. Given that the GTX580 is on average only about 20% faster than 6870.... Bye Bye Tr0y!

And lets face fakes, given that nVidia has to FAKE the TDP on just one GF110 core it's not going to be able to put 2 cores in one card and not underclock them back to the stoneage!
 
 
+86 #7 OnaZ 2010-11-19 11:55
Quoting HiTechpro:
Quoting Tr0y:
Awesome. So the AMD 6990 will NEVER be the fastest card 8)

And all you AMD fanboys can start a never ending whining :lol:


:D :D yes poor slow AmD

Its quiet pointless to have a squabble over unreleased technology
 
 
+54 #8 AndreiD 2010-11-19 12:08
If nVidia had a dual chip card, they would have released it already, but hey, it doesn't hurt to start some fluff in the e-press.
And I think AMD showed that it's more than capable to make quite good Dual GPU cards.
Heck, even if they stitch two 6870's together, they'd still get a better card than the supposed GTX590. Why? Because AMD is the power/performance ratio king at the moment.
 
 
+40 #9 kapeeteeleest_peeg 2010-11-19 12:32
Gtx 4xx selling at a loss per card.
Gtx 5xx cooler but throttle's back when pressed & probably selling at a loss per card...
I cant believe Gtx 5xx has to hide its true power usage behind some poxy throttling mechanism... so fermi for me, is still broken.
They can keep that. I want a card that gives its all! (ie. what I paid for!).
nVidia must think were stupid & luckily for them... some of us ARE! lol

Keep up the good work nVidia!
Your current designs may make a profit @ 10nm node?!! ;oP

If 'Cayman' even remotely resembles the efficiency of 'barts' (95% 5870 performance with roughly 2 1/3rd's of the shaders!) were in for a real treat!
 
 
+56 #10 spede 2010-11-19 12:59
Keep dreaming Fuad.
 

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