GeForce FX Q&A With NVIDIA
Hans "stealth_wing" Melis
What a timing.. the guys and gals from TweakTown have posted a Q&A with Hazel Heng, Marketing Manager of nVidia Asia in Singapore, about their GeForce FX card.
TT - The cooling devices weve seen on GeForce FX cards are quite big and complex, why? Are you experiencing heat problems produced by the 0.13 micron process based NV30 core and / or DDR-2 memory - if so, can these be attributed to production delays?
nV - Enthusiasts are accustomed to elaborate cooling systems, and view it as a badge of honor. Our silent running feature built-in to the GeForce FX is truly innovative. GeForce FX senses the activity in the 3D pipeline and adjusts the cooling system accordingly. The fan may not even come on during normal use, as the heat-pipe and heat-spreader may provide the needed heat dissipation.
The move to 0.13u did introduce some delays. However, the transition to .13u was critical to keeping the heart and soul of GeForce FX. The manufacturing times for 0.13u processing and flip-chip packaging are much longer than 0.15u and wire-bond packaging, and while these technologies are critical to making GeForce FX run as fast as it does, they are also the biggest reasons for delaying our availability date to February.
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