Just about a month ago NVIDIA announced the new Fermi GF110 GPU and the GeForce GTX 580 video card. This will be NVIDIA’s new flagship card replacing the older GTX 480. The GF100 GPU was never what NVIDIA meant it to be and they went back and revised it a little bit for this new line of cards. This means they were able to achieve higher clock speeds and all 512 CUDA cores are enabled. Today we will be looking at a reference model from Zotac, the ZT-50101-10P. Let’s see how this card compares to the competition.
Today we have another GeForce GTS 450 video card on the test bench. As we said in our previous GeForce GTS 450 video card review the GTS 450 is NVIDIA’s lowest end DirectX 11 card, and it’s $100-$129 price tag reflects that. These cards might not be the most powerful cards out there, but they will not break your wallet so if you are a gamer on a budget this may be the card for you. Also this card can make a perfect dedicated PhysX card. Let’s take a look at the GeForce GTS 450 from Sparkle and see how it performs compared to the competition.
During this last week, I recently was lucky enough to attend a Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, which I’ll hereafter refer to as GTC. GTC was focused primarily on Programming Nvidia’s GPU processors that are installed in several lines of their video cards. The most common & recognized by many is the GeForce line of graphic cards, made more for the average consumers & game enthusiasts. The next line of cards discussed at GTC was the Quadro cards, with more of a tool for visualization industry, including design and animation. The final card discussed at their show was the Tesla cards, made specifically for parallel computing and to take advantage of the many cores prevalent in the GPU processor architecture.
Nvidia showed off new Ion netbook and nettop designs this year, plus an entirely new GeForce architecture—Fermi— designed for triple headed machines and 3D displays. Nvidia’s Tegra line of embedded chipsets is also growing rapidly through OEM adoption, most notably in the Boxee Box by D-Link.