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KitGuru spies have uncovered the reason behind all of the recent commotion at NV headquarters. It seems that the stories being reported by customers on sites like Overclockers.co.uk mean that the “It is an old driver issue” statement might be binned in favour of something more substantial. KitGuru applauds nVidia’s move.
Ever since SweClockers ran a video of nVidia’s GTX590 card exploding in the lab, the world + dog has been waiting to see if this is a one off – or something indicative of a more serious issue. Interesting to see that in the day or two after the explosion, the view count was less than 10,000 – but it is now over 300,000. SweClockers ad sales team must have made an alter to nVidia and be thanking their personal gods that the cameras were switched on at the right moment.
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Well, nVidia’s engineering squad have just completed work on a BIOS that is intended to prevent future GTX590 explosions.
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You didn't have to quote all of it, and how unsurprising that they are dying at stock.
This is what happens when you use a weak power design. NVIDIA just rushed this in an attempt to catch up to AMD but the mistakes are obvious.
    
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Dual GPU cards are bad news anyway.
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Eheheh... just for the text to be together

But... well... i'm looking forward to what this bios update will do ... i think ... maybe ... don't know ... but reading the voltages with a voltmeter would show that those 0.91v at load are more like 1.0x volts ... maybe voltage is out of scale ... maybe they will try to stabilize OCP through the new bios ... don't know ... hope to see it though ...

What i see is users getting very different reactions of their hardware to new drivers...
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Perhaps they are unlocking more power draw through the BIOS update?
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Perhaps they are unlocking more power draw through the BIOS update?
Do you understand how power Draw works? If its power limited it will just get less fps. If you allow more power it will just burn faster.
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Um what? People have been overclocking for years and years now. So it should be expected that people will up the voltage on cards.
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I think that they will simply handicap the card so there's no problems with power urges ...
No way having more performance ... if the problem is the damn cards blowing because the gpu's are not stabilized in terms of power needs and the power circuitry not being enough to sustain the power needs of both chips, then, the more logical decision is to "hardcode" new limitations on the bios ... only that way they will be ensured that, with that bios, the card will not explode due to over-powering the vrm's ...
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You didn't have to quote all of it, and how unsurprising that they are dying at stock.
This is what happens when you use a weak power design. NVIDIA just rushed this in an attempt to catch up to AMD but the mistakes are obvious.
This pretty much says it all. BIOS/Driver fixes can't make up for the fact it's just poorly designed hardware.
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Do you understand how power Draw works? If its power limited it will just get less fps. If you allow more power it will just burn faster.
You don't just unleash more power. Obviously you need to have the cooling. The GTX 590 does have descent cooling. And there are water blocks out for it as well.
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