Now that Nvidia has gone and launched its GeForce GTX 580 videocard and stolen back the single-GPU performance crown, the GPU maker thought it wise to release a new set of drivers, version 262.99.
Unless you own one of Nvidia's new flagship cards, it doesn't look like there's much point in downloading the 262.99 drivers, unless you simply want the latest software for the sake of having it. All that really appears to be new, according to the release notes (PDF), is support for the GTX 580 part. There aren't any performance improvements or features added specific to the 262.99 release, or if there is, Nvidia decided to keep mum about them.
In any event, if you went and grabbed a GTX 580 or just won't sleep soundly until you have the latest GeForce drivers, benefits be damned, you can download them here.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 580 is what the original should have been: quieter, full-featured, faster and more efficient.
When Nvidia launched the GTX 480 -- code-named the GF100 -- early this year, the new GPU proved to be something of a mixed bag. It was undeniably fast, but also crippled – every GTX 480 GPU shipped with a full functional unit disabled. Whether that was because of yield or power issues wasn’t clear. Power clearly was a problem – Nvidia’s flagship ran hot and loud.
Given the competition, Nvidia had to get Fermi out the door. Even before the original Fermi left the building, Nvidia’s engineers were heads-down, respinning and reengineering the GF100. The result is the GF110. The new GPU is, as Emperor Palpatine might put it, “fully operational”, with all functional units now enabled.
Hit the jump for a detailed analysis of the GTX 580.
Nvidia made a splash at PDXLAN over the weekend showcasing "Unreleased NV Technology," which many presume refers to the company's upcoming GeForce GTX 580 part. Pictures and videos have since flooded the Web, like the ones that appear on GamersDailyNews.com.
One of the big things Nvidia is touting is its new vapor chamber technology. Using a custom vapor chamber design to handle cooling chores, Nvidia says its next-gen card runs both cooler and quieter than a GTX 480.
The lengthy videos showcase what's likely a GTX 580 videocard in action, everything from high polygon counts to Call of Duty: Black Ops. Check em out below.
Video 1 (courtesy of RumorPedia.net) Video 2 (courtesy of GamersDailyNews.com) Video 3 (courtesy of GamersDailyNews.com)
Nvidia has taken its fair share of heat over, well, the heat output of its high-end Fermi cards, namely the GeForce GTX 480. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, you can expect the upcoming GTX 580 to run a little bit cooler and quieter.
This won't be the result of any major architectural changes, as the GPU will still run hot with a TDP approaching 250W. Instead, Nvidia chose to tweak its cooler design so that it runs more efficiently, essentially sweeping the heat output under the carpet, if you will.
We'll find out soon enough how effective the new design is. Fudzilla says the GTX 580 will launch in the morning hours of November 9, exactly one week from today.
We've been hearing rumors that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 videocard will be based on the company's 40nm GF110 GPU with 512 CUDA cores and GDDR5 memory, however Nvidia hasn't yet officially announced the card.
That's okay, because team green all but confirmed the existence of the upcoming part when the company's overzealous web monkeys listed the GTX 580 on Nvidia's 3D Vision System Requirements page (UK version).
Nvidia has since erased the GTX 580 from the page, but hey, this is the Internet and there's no such thing as a do-over (check out the Print Screen capture below). The GTX 580 will do battle with AMD's upcoming Cayman-based Radeon HD 6900 series graphics cards.
There's been plenty of chatter about AMD's upcoming HD 6000 series, but not much in the way of what Nvidia's been up to. Will Nvidia have anything to counter AMD's new graphics cards?
According to the latest water cooler talk, Nvidia is getting close to announcing its GeForce GTX 580. This card will use the GF110 GPU and supplant the GTX 480 as Nvidia's flagship videocard.
The GTX 580 will come with 512 CUDA cores, 128 texture units, and probably 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit memory bus. German site 3dcenter.org also lists other GF110 GPUs with as many as 768 CUDA cores. Depending on the GPU, performance is expected to be anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent faster than the GTX 480.