Originally Posted by Domino
Are drivers initiated from the bios? I don't believe they are. How is this going to fix the exploding VRMs dying at start up? Fact of the matter is, they need to do 2 things: don't use low quality VRMs or invest in better VRM cooling. For a 700 dollar card with flashy packaging, surely, they could have invested in better VRM cooling.
The bios is the controlling forefront on the video card. Other than interpreting code into gaming performance the drivers are like a rheostat to keep vitals in check. All conditions outside of the OS are controlled by the bios, and while in the OS the thresholds are maintained by the bios with some user controllable functions.
An easy way of masking up fragile hardware is to castrate the maximum functions of it. So we could see a few potential changes with the newest bios. I still levy on a more restricting OCP/OVP, baseline fan speed increase, a much, much lower maximum voltage ceiling, and quite possibly an optimization of the VID to reduce vgpu instabilities.
A few things that are possible that I wouldn't expect to see are a lower frequency, shader lock down, and zero to very low overclock adjustability.
What a lot of people fail to comprehend it's not always additional voltage that is responsible for additional stress on the vrm's. Even a frequency increase without additional voltage or higher ambient temperatures generate more power draw. With reports of the 590 dying in stock conditions they really need to address this with something that is going to keep these cards a live so they can focus on the next generation or a substitute to the 590.
In the end if nVidia is resulting to a bios change they know there is a problem. The end result is going to be a card that has more potential to live, but the total performance that we'll be able to extract from it is going to be quiet a bit less.Edited by JeremiahTheBullfrog - 3/30/11 at 2:55pm