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Nvidia launches GT440 cards

Nvidia launches GT440 cards

The OEM-targeted Nvidia GeForce GT 440 cards feature 144 CUDA cores and up to 3GB of GDDR3 RAM.

While Nvidia's big news may have been its upcoming budget-range GeForce GT 430 1GB cards which leaked out earlier this month, it seems that the company has been hiding another secret: the GeForce GT 440 range.

Quietly detailed on the company's website, the Nvidia GeForce GT 440 range of cards is designed to offer OEMs a DirectX 11-compatible card for adding in to their mid-range machines.

According to the reference specifications, the GT440 cards feature a 594MHz graphics clock, 1,189MHz processor clock, and either 800 or 900MHz memory clock, along with 144 CUDA cores. Interestingly, Nvidia will be offering at least two different models: a budget-friendly version featuring 1.5GB of GDDR3, or a high-end model with 3GB of GDDR3.

The cards are said to be two-way SLI ready - although only support being paired with another GT440 from the same manufacturer - and support PhysX, CUDA, and 3D Vision. As standard, the cards come with HDMI, VGA, and DVI connectors and support a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 over the digital ports and 2048 x 1536 over the analogue VGA.

The boards are designed to fit in a single slot, with a TDP of 56W helping to keep the size of the cooler required down to a minimum.

The one thing clearly missing from Nvidia's information is the price. With the cards aimed at OEMs rather than retail, the cost should be kept quite low - although you can expect to have to buy them by the pallet-load.

Do you think that Nvidia has an interesting device on its hand with the GT440, or does the idea of a 3GB card with the listed specifications seem an exercise in futility? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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javaman 18th October 2010, 10:47 Quote
Its fairly well known that the Joe public don't know much when it comes to specs and often think that the card with most ram is the fastest. Looks like an attempt to captalise on that fact.

EDIT: unless something like photoshop or professional graphics work needs that much memory, then possibly a budget quatro card?
Madness_3d 18th October 2010, 10:47 Quote
Playing into the "More RAM Means the Graphics Card is Better" Mentality if you ask me
xrain 18th October 2010, 11:00 Quote
At least it's a single slot card, there seems to be a general lack of them lately.
salesman 18th October 2010, 11:01 Quote
i seems very excessive especially with it being GDDR3
Hustler 18th October 2010, 11:18 Quote
Lol...can just imagine the scenario...

"Daddy,daddy dont get that Pc, its got a rubbish Gfx card called a 480 with only 1.5Gb of memory...it'll be rubbish compared to this one with ZOMG!!! 3Gb of memory, it will be like TWICE as fast PHWOAR!!!...get this Pc,please dad, please..."

Got to love PR marketing departments.....
azrael- 18th October 2010, 11:27 Quote
Another round of nVidia facepalm time. Will it ever end...?
karbonKid 18th October 2010, 11:50 Quote
I actually think this will be rather good.. if the price is right...

114 cores, 1.5GB memory (I am assuming a 384-bit bus?) makes for a nice budget card or two for video transcoding/rendering/physx/folding

If only it were available on its own..
GoodBytes 18th October 2010, 11:59 Quote
Nvidia: Damn we have too many RAM chips! Our next GPU's won't be using the same RAM... what to do? what to do? what to do?....

Employee: Ahh let's just dumb everything on some low end card... give them 3GB each, another one with 12GB later on, if we need too.

Nvidia: BRILLIANT!

Nvidia to Press: Presenting the Geforce GT440 with a whopping 3GB of memory! Yes, it has more memory than the system itself that it will be probably used in, but no mater! 3GB!!!!! Imagine all the textures you can store! Now you can play your favorite games at minimum settings, except you put set textures to be set to high!
Xir 18th October 2010, 12:06 Quote
Great, sell it with Win7 32 home basic and 4 GB system memory, and watch 3,5 GB of space beeing wasted :D
Pete J 18th October 2010, 12:23 Quote
Hmm, would be interesting as a PhysX card...
Bauul 18th October 2010, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Great, sell it with Win7 32 home basic and 4 GB system memory, and watch 3,5 GB of space beeing wasted :D

Exactly what I was thinking. Sell it with a budget 2GB RAM system and witness the first graphics card to generate negative memory!
MSHunter 18th October 2010, 12:59 Quote
Now you can install Crysis on your GPU memory :P
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 18th October 2010, 13:11 Quote
WOW this card would be awesome if I could use all that GPU memory as a SSD.
V3ctor 18th October 2010, 13:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by MSHunter
Now you can install Crysis on your GPU memory :P

+1 :D
l3v1ck 18th October 2010, 13:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
Lol...can just imagine the scenario...

"Daddy,daddy dont get that Pc, its got a rubbish Gfx card called a 480 with only 1.5Gb of memory...it'll be rubbish compared to this one with ZOMG!!! 3Gb of memory, it will be like TWICE as fast PHWOAR!!!...get this Pc,please dad, please..."

Got to love PR marketing departments.....
That just about sums up what I was thinking.
wuyanxu 18th October 2010, 13:56 Quote
what amazes me is that why nVidia never bothered with DisplayPort? it's clearly the next generation port to have, and saves on card production cost.
Hakuren 18th October 2010, 14:35 Quote
In all honestly, it doesn't matter what enthusiasts think about this card. GT440 is aimed at corporate/office/"glowing green" PC customers who have no idea what is inside, and are completely unaware that PC with 4GB RAM running 32 bit system wasting almost whole VGA memory.
Redbeaver 18th October 2010, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Great, sell it with Win7 32 home basic and 4 GB system memory, and watch 3,5 GB of space beeing wasted :D

beautiful.

exactly what i was thinking.
DbD 18th October 2010, 17:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
Hmm, would be interesting as a PhysX card...

+1
TSR2 18th October 2010, 17:25 Quote
Of course the PC's it's sold on will also have a 'massive 3GB memory.' Such a waste, reminds me of what Dell apparently did selling PC's with 4GB RAM and 2 1GB graphics cards in SLI
pimlicosound 18th October 2010, 17:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hakuren
In all honestly, it doesn't matter what enthusiasts think about this card. GT440 is aimed at corporate/office/"glowing green" PC customers who have no idea what is inside, and are completely unaware that PC with 4GB RAM running 32 bit system wasting almost whole VGA memory.

I don't think it's aimed at corporate/office PC customers. Office PCs come almost exclusively with Intel integrated graphics, and I can't see that changing any time soon.
cgthomas 18th October 2010, 17:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by V3ctor
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Originally Posted by MSHunter
Now you can install Crysis on your GPU memory :P

+1 :D
Finally a card that can play Crysis, I'll throw away my GTX 470 and will get me one of those GT440
V3ctor 18th October 2010, 18:30 Quote
nVidia fanboys (in a Forum I go) are saying that the GT440 is for work in Photoshop and Cad for a low price, and all that CUDA mumbo-jumbo... That's why it has 3Gb... :D

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Originally Posted by cgthomas
Finally a card that can play Crysis, I'll throw away my GTX 470 and will get me one of those GT440

No Sir!! U need to SLi the GT440's... Then you'll have some big and shinny 6GB GDDR3...
Sloth 18th October 2010, 19:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by javaman
Its fairly well known that the Joe public don't know much when it comes to specs and often think that the card with most ram is the fastest. Looks like an attempt to captalise on that fact.

EDIT: unless something like photoshop or professional graphics work needs that much memory, then possibly a budget quatro card?
The low-end professional market crossed my mind as well, however:
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes

Nvidia to Press: Presenting the Geforce GT440 with a whopping 3GB of memory! Yes, it has more memory than the system itself that it will be probably used in, but no mater! 3GB!!!!! Imagine all the textures you can store! Now you can play your favorite games at minimum settings, except you put set textures to be set to high!
That's sadly not far from the truth. This will likely be dumped in with 4GB of RAM and the manufacturer's low-end dual core of choice. I'm not big on photoshop and don't know too well what it wants most in a system, but can generally guess that this won't make for a well rounded system.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 18th October 2010, 19:29 Quote
Does the GT 440 come with Trim Control cause I feel the need to install my OS on it and use it as a SSD
PingCrosby 18th October 2010, 20:14 Quote
One day son this war will be over....and then we'll all die of boredom.
Fractal 18th October 2010, 21:54 Quote
3GB of graphics memory would be great for increasing textures and draw distances in GTA IV, with its terrible optimisation. However I wouldn't be able to put up with the 2FPS the GPU would put out...
hyperion 18th October 2010, 22:01 Quote
As an MMO gamer this card looks pretty interesting. I'm still running a 9600GT with only 64 shaders and still play everything decently. If the ram on this card is at least 256bit then I'll seriously consider it. I expect it'll only be 128bit though.
ssj12 19th October 2010, 00:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
what amazes me is that why nVidia never bothered with DisplayPort? it's clearly the next generation port to have, and saves on card production cost.

i dont see to many monitors with displayport yet. Even the 3D monitor I want that costs $340 only has DVI and HDMI on it. I see no reason for it till next generation when monitors support SHD and UHD resolutions again.
GoodBytes 19th October 2010, 00:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
i dont see to many monitors with displayport yet. Even the 3D monitor I want that costs $340 only has DVI and HDMI on it. I see no reason for it till next generation when monitors support SHD and UHD resolutions again.

Display Port is found on high-end non-professional monitors and up. You won't find them on TN based panel just yet, as TN monitor is based on making the cheapest monitor as possible, to compete in the rough competition. And while the consumer only looks at price and nothing else, don't get your hopes you for any quality or features on these. I am not saying that their isn't the occasional model that pop-up that provides a good quality product with great feature using a TN based panel to fill that market that seek both price, quality and some level of features, but it's not the focus point. Display Port can also be found on high-end end laptops, including eSATA (with some exception now.. after so many years eSATA is starting to take a place in the mid range systems).

Nvidia has a wide variety of Display Port compatible graphic card, but they are mainly Quadro series.

As it's easy to convert (a simple adapter) from Display Port to/from DVI to/from HDMI without any downsides, it's not an issue to be concerned.

It has nothing to do with screen resolutions. Dell (including Alienware) and Lenovo are strong supporters of Display Port. They are other supporters like: HP, Toshiba, Fujitsu. And then you have other brands that barely show any effort.

For the connectors, at the end, for the case of Nvidia, it will have to be from the manufacture of the card. I know Gigabyte stills puts 1x VGA and 1x DVI instead of 2x DVI on their latest graphic cards (I guess they had too many VGA ports, and need to empty their stock).
LedHed 19th October 2010, 02:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by pimlicosound
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hakuren
In all honestly, it doesn't matter what enthusiasts think about this card. GT440 is aimed at corporate/office/"glowing green" PC customers who have no idea what is inside, and are completely unaware that PC with 4GB RAM running 32 bit system wasting almost whole VGA memory.

I don't think it's aimed at corporate/office PC customers. Office PCs come almost exclusively with Intel integrated graphics, and I can't see that changing any time soon.

Incorrect, I worked in IT for the State Dept for 3 years and almost 75% of our computers (not including laptops) had stand alone GPUs.
Elton 19th October 2010, 03:21 Quote
This card should help speed up the low end maybe just slightly.

I really hope it will outdo at least the HD5670 or the HD5570.
wuyanxu 19th October 2010, 07:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
i dont see to many monitors with displayport yet. Even the 3D monitor I want that costs $340 only has DVI and HDMI on it. I see no reason for it till next generation when monitors support SHD and UHD resolutions again.
displayport is so much better than DVI. the wire is smaller, more flexible. the latches are so easy to use.

and for choices of monitors, all the monitors i've looked at has got displayport, such as U2711, U3011, HP 30 inch. going displayport at that resolution makes so much more sense, since you will not need special and expensive dual-link DVI cables.

you got to look outside your bubble of cheap, worthless generic TN monitors.
Xir 19th October 2010, 08:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
what amazes me is that why nVidia never bothered with DisplayPort? it's clearly the next generation port to have, and saves on card production cost.

Nope, got ass-whooped by HDMI as a de-facto established standard
BRAWL 19th October 2010, 12:17 Quote
Would this not appeal to the F@H farmers? One slot fairly powerful budget card? I'm sure it would.
StoneyMahoney 19th October 2010, 14:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by LedHed
Incorrect, I worked in IT for the State Dept for 3 years and almost 75% of our computers (not including laptops) had stand alone GPUs.

I've worked for DHL and the NHS and many of systems I supported used integrated graphics chips. However, because they don't support multiple monitors, anyone who needed more than one screen on their desk got a semi-worthless multi-monitor discrete graphics card. The number of people with multiple monitors on their desk in the office has been steadily climbing for some time.
cyrilthefish 19th October 2010, 19:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by StoneyMahoney
I've worked for DHL and the NHS and many of systems I supported used integrated graphics chips. However, because they don't support multiple monitors, anyone who needed more than one screen on their desk got a semi-worthless multi-monitor discrete graphics card. The number of people with multiple monitors on their desk in the office has been steadily climbing for some time.
When i worked at the local council, the older Compaq desktops they had with onboard intel graphics were single monitor only, but the Dell SFF systems they were replacing them with had onboard intel graphics that supported dual monitors (1 analog + 1 digital though)
cdb 27th October 2010, 22:47 Quote
Will you guys be able to get hold of one of these to review? I'd be interested to see how it folds compared to the gt430 as it uses similar power.
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