The surprise of the show was a brief encounter with NVIDIA's upcoming NV45, NVIDIA's PCI Express successor to the strong performing NV40 (GeForce 6800 Ultra).

At first glance, the NV45 card looks like a normal 2-slot NVIDIA graphics card:

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Upon closer look you'll notice that this particular card has a PCI Express x16 interface, but with no bridge chip. It looks like the rumors of a bridgeless NV45 were true.

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Glare at the card even more and you'll see that the card only has one power connector and it's not a standard power connector at that. The new NV45 connector is a 3 x 2 power connector, definitely not one we've seen on any other component before.

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Here's what we do know about NV45, it's currently running at a 450MHz core clock with 1.1GHz GDDR3 memory; this particular card uses Samsung chips. The 450MHz clock speed is a 12.5% increase in core clock speed over the GeForce 6800 Ultra, with memory speed remaining unchanged.

We're going to try to get much more information about NV45 tomorrow, so check back for more.

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  • JGF - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Wheee! Love the early stuff but really the meat and potatoes of this computex, at least for me, is going to be the new amd processers and and amd info regarding PCI-E and AMD64 chipsets. Reply
  • Da3dalus - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    That K8 Combo board is quite interesting. If you'd have a board like that with support for either Socket 939 or 754 CPU, along with support for both AGP 8X and PCI-Express, then that would be really cool for transitioning/upgrading...

    Not something I'd expect to see anytime soon, but it would be cool :)
  • mjz5 - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    just stick with an A64 939 pin CPU, and you'll be happy. Intel == crap! Reply

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