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ASUS gives NVIDIA's Fermi the Voltage Tweak treatment

by Parm Mann on 23 March 2010, 13:43

Tags: GeForce GTX 480, ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Whichever way you look at it, NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards are going to be fast - with the latter likely to take over the mantle as the fastest single-GPU graphics card available.

However, if that just isn't good enough, it looks as though ASUS is going to help enthusiast users make the most of their prized cards via Voltage Tweak technology.

We've yet to see ASUS's cards in the flesh, but the Taiwanese manufacturer has provided us with the box shots that confirm the implementation of its overclocking feature.

With Voltage Tweak software providing direct access to a graphics card's VRM, users will be able to increase GPU voltage with relative ease. We've previously put the technology through its paces on older cards, and have found that Voltage Tweak can pave the way for performance gains of up to 15 per cent.

Choosing not to err on the side of modesty, ASUS's box art suggests Voltage Tweak will deliver performance boosts of up to 50 per cent. We seriously doubt that figure will translate to real-world performance, but for users wanting a GeForce 400-series card with a little something extra, it looks as though ASUS will have you covered.

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i agree, that 50% is way to high :P even if it was for say a 5000 series card. The heat these will produce and the poor yields and performance means that surely the extra voltage will kill the chip? Much like what 65nm to 45nm cpu;s were, small voltage inceases killed them :P.

Eitherway, i hope this is a good card and cant wait :D.
Oh, please no?!

If there's anything vaguely truthful at all in the rumour mill, Fermi chips are *already* running on the ragged edge, and bumping the voltage any more could lead to a catastrophic - and flamey - failure of the chip!

So, perhaps the fact that ASUS are confident enough to bundle Voltage Tweak into their retail Fermi package should be taken as an indication that Fermi isn't actually as bad a chip as we've been lead to believe? That'd be good news for competition in the graphics card market, at the very least…
Could result in some insane power consumption numbers… will wait and see.

Mind you, the 495 is probably the one to watch for :gulp:
I think my next graphics card will be Asus seen as BFG have GTFO'd from Europe - if i was to be buying Nvidia that is and wouldn't I, they have PhysX FFS.
“Note: Requires GPU direct connection to 3-phase industrial power.”