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NVIDIA Details Art and Science of Graphics Card Design

Over the past 20 years, computer graphics have made huge advancements in performance. It takes a combination of expertise in architecture development, thermal, mechanical, electrical, and product design to make it all happen.

In the Youtube video, Nvidia offer a first glimpse at some of the strides they have made in designing graphics cards, so that they can reach their maximum potential and remain cool and quiet. They include:

  • Thermal: An airflow-optimised cooling solution, redesigned to overcome existing constraints and move more air through the system for maximum cooling efficiency.

  • Mechanical: A stronger mechanical structure, including a new low profile leaf spring that leaves room for a back cover.
  • Electrical: A compact electrical design, with a new 12-pin power connector that allows more space for components and cooling, and is compatible with 8-pin connectors in existing power supplies with an included adapter.

  • Product Design: A no-compromise, cohesive design that embraces the revolutionary thermal solution while beautifully harmonising each element of the graphics card.

To lift the shroud on this process, NVIDIA’s best and brightest detailed the art and science behind graphics card design today, with a look towards the possibilities of the future.

It makes a nice lead-in to the much awaited GeForce Special Event on September 1.


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Leo Bien Durana is the Owner and Chief Editor of TechPorn. A competitive gamer with a robust technical background. Usually breaks a lot of stuff though.