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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  • SKiller - Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - link


    Except that BTX boards wouldn't fit in an ATX case even if they were on the "right" side. The connector layout and a number of other things are different. I think this may in fact help avoid confusion as you'll instantly be able to tell the difference.
  • Bozo Galora - Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - link

    Good article, scooped everyone else, you rascal you.
  • jliechty - Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - link

    #17 - that's a feature of some Gigabyte motherboards. The second ("dual") BIOS chip is a backup in case the first one is damaged by a failed flashing attempt or a virus.

    #15, #19 - Those things have me interested also. Can't wait to find out what they're there for. :-)
  • Khronus - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    As for the NV45 only requiring 1 power connector, that's simply because PCI-X allows for more power to be drawn over the bus than AGP does.
  • jcastro - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    What are those golden fingers on the SiS motherboard solutions for? My initial thoughts were that you could plug these mobos into some expansion slot, but that would be unrealistic now wouldn't it? But how awesome would that be? If you haven't noticed them before they are on the top left of the first picture and at the bottom left on the second picture, just right beside the PCI 32-bit slots. Someone tell me what's up with this? Thanks. - John
  • shabby - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    So the nv40 refresh gets a 50mhz faster clock? Pffft.
  • jsco - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    on the "intel's 9xx chipsets in the flesh" page in the first picture:

    there are two bios chips, and one of them is labeled dual bios. what is a dual bios?

    what is connected to the green slot and has a heat pipe connected to it?
  • Monkeyboy0076 - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    I was kinda disappointed to see the moldy old parallel connector still on these new motherboards. I haven't used one of those for over 2 years, and I'm glad for it. I really wouldn't mind getting that large pink connector off of my motherboard
  • nitromullet - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    In the top picture of the NV45, what is the connector directly above the heat sink fan?
  • Pumpkinierre - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Just favours left handers with case windows. I pity those mobo makers. With all the different sockets, DRAM types, PCI-E/AGPs and peripherals, its a wonder they are not all getting treated for schizophrenia!

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