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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:44

Nvidia fixes case of exploding GTX 590 card

Written by Nick Farell
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BIOS change rushed out
It seems that the Green Goblin has changed its mind about the strange case of the exploding GTX 590 card.

SweClockers ran a video of Nvidia's GTX 590 card exploding in its lab. Nvidia's first response was that it only happened if a machine was over voltaged and running an elderly bios. Nvidia said that a few press reports on GTX 590 boards dying were caused by unsafe overvoltaging (as high as 1.2V vs. default voltage of 0.91 to 0.96V), and using older drivers that have less overcurrent protection.

Rest assured that GTX 590 operates reliably at default voltages, and our 267.84 launch drivers provide additional levels of protection. Customers on Overclockers seems to indicate that the issue could be more widespread than first thought.

Now Nvidia says that its engineering team just completed work on a BIOS that is intended to prevent future GTX590 explosions.  However there is no word when the fix will come out. Nvidia has also said that additional warranty problems relating to exploding GTX 590 cards will be dealt with by the manufacturer who shipped you the card.

More over at Kitguru.

Last modified on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 20:55
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+70 #1 Nintendork 2011-03-30 14:28
It's a hardware problem, lack of quality parts just for the sake of beign competitive against the superior HD6990 which is the dual done right.

Yes, another patch from nvidia for their defective failure of a card.
 
 
+47 #2 Steve-O 2011-03-30 15:01
This problem should never have existed in the first place. There should have been bits built into the hardware that won't allow the card to asplode, independant of BIOS and software, that can't be broken or overidden (beyond soldering on the board itself).

Anyone who buys a 590 is buying a ticking time bomb.
 
 
+39 #3 123s 2011-03-30 15:20
Oh well, OC gets interesting again at least. Its too secure this day, NV adds some action :_D
 
 
-66 #4 bardenck 2011-03-30 15:25
Quoting Nintendork:
It's a hardware problem, lack of quality parts just for the sake of beign competitive against the superior HD6990 which is the dual done right.

Yes, another patch from nvidia for their defective failure of a card.


so many amd boys in here, i guess nvidia men have a little more respect..shut up and dont buy the card or say something intelligent, without nvidia the 6990 would be $1500, grow up beetles! i think warrior spontaneously combusted or something!
 
 
+25 #5 123s 2011-03-30 15:31
Idiots like him attract other fanboys :/
 
 
-43 #6 bardenck 2011-03-30 15:41
Quoting 123s:
Idiots like him attract other fanboys :/


i would buy amd if it offered more power and more features like nvidia,i guess if i wanted 6 monitors i would go with amd, thats about it, they both offer similar performance for the same price, but nvidia has more to offer, physx 3d vision etc....i wouldn't buy anyones dual gpu, pointless.no fanboy here.
 
 
-25 #7 ChuvelxD 2011-03-30 15:43
Quoting Nintendork:
It's a hardware problem, lack of quality parts just for the sake of beign competitive against the superior HD6990 which is the dual done right.

Yes, another patch from nvidia for their defective failure of a card.


Haha really? So if I put a 6990 in my rig and overvolted it and it exploded, it's the cards fault? I don't think so. Don't use a isolated event to generalize an entire product.

Am I satisfied with the 590? Of course not, but lets be civil and look at this objectively instead of like an AMD fanboy there.
 
 
-26 #8 bardenck 2011-03-30 15:46
Quoting ChuvelxD:
Quoting Nintendork:
It's a hardware problem, lack of quality parts just for the sake of beign competitive against the superior HD6990 which is the dual done right.

Yes, another patch from nvidia for their defective failure of a card.


Haha really? So if I put a 6990 in my rig and overvolted it and it exploded, it's the cards fault? I don't think so. Don't use a isolated event to generalize an entire product.

Am I satisfied with the 590? Of course not, but lets be civil and look at this objectively instead of like an AMD fanboy there.


well said
 
 
+32 #9 123s 2011-03-30 15:51
Quoting bardenck:
Quoting 123s:
Idiots like him attract other fanboys :/


i would buy amd if it offered more power and more features like nvidia,i guess if i wanted 6 monitors i would go with amd, thats about it, they both offer similar performance for the same price, but nvidia has more to offer, physx 3d vision etc....i wouldn't buy anyones dual gpu, pointless.no fanboy here.

Was talking about warrior...

Though you sound bit fanboyish but still reasonable :D

@ChuvelxD
It kinda is, it should have some kind of protection against that...
 
 
-13 #10 ChuvelxD 2011-03-30 15:56
Quoting 123s:
[quote name="bardenck"]

@ChuvelxD
It kinda is, it should have some kind of protection against that...


Yea, it's called a warning to not overvolt which most of all pieces of computer hardware contain. It's not up to Nvidia to babysit it's users, cause then people would complain about that! You can't have your cake and eat it too.
 

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