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NV40: the first photos and reference card

Late in February we´ve already published some data on NV40, NVIDIA´s new GPU, scheduled for release to April 13. Today Korean Bondara published the photos of both NV40, and a reference card on it (at least this seems so).

Looking at the photo below, the first thing you think of is the suggested cooler design the heatsink shape is designated by the white line. On another photo below you can see the real GPU (crystal) size. The transistor amount is estimated to be about 220 million (vs. 82 million of NV36; on the lower photo).

Respectively, the card will require more energy, so it has even two power connectors!

Speaking of memory, we can see that the design (primarily layout) bases on that of NV38. The design is reinforced by larger screens. As board´s memory chips are expected to be higher-capacity, they´ll be located on one PCB side only. Thus many other elements might move to the PCB back to clear the "face". Supposedly the card will have 256-bit, but it´s really hard to see on the photo. And the chips seems to be SEC´s GDDR3. Besides, you can see a video codec required for VIVO (most likely Philips 7114).

Finally, take a look at the connectors: a couple of DVI (this might depend on the particular makers, so we might see D-Sub/TV-out as well).

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