NVIDIA lists GeForce GT 420 for OEMs

Alongside the newly announced GeForce 400M cards, Nvidia has quietly listed a new desktop card – the Geforce GT 420. However, this is an OEM card and will not be available in retail. The GT 420 features 48 SP – same as the GT 220, but lesser than the GT 320′s 72 SP. However, it is clocked higher, at 700 MHz core. It features 2GB DDR3 over a 128-bit bus, for a memory bandwidth of 28.8 GB/s. “Maximum Graphics Card Power” is rated at 50W. Most importantly, the GT 420 is based on a GF100 derivative DX11 chip.

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Alongside the newly announced GeForce 400M cards, Nvidia has quietly
listed a new desktop card – the Geforce GT 420. However, this is an OEM
card and will not be available in retail. The GT 420 features 48 SP -
same as the GT 220, but lesser than the GT 320′s 72 SP. However, it is
clocked higher, at 700 MHz core. It features 2GB DDR3 over a 128-bit
bus, for a memory bandwidth of 28.8 GB/s. “Maximum Graphics Card Power”
is rated at 50W. Most importantly, the GT 420 is based on a GF100
derivative DX11 chip.

GeForce GT 420 oem low 3qtr NVIDIA lists GeForce GT 420 for OEMs

It is most likely to be GF108 based, like the to-be-release GeForce GT 430, but with half its 96 SP shaders disabled. Unfortunately, it is a very minor upgrade, at best, to the Geforce GT 220, and in some ways a step back from the Geforce GT 320 (also OEM). The biggest problem for Nvidia, though, is the ATI Radeon HD 5550, which should perform better, consume less power (40W TDP), and has passive and low-profile options available, making it the ideal HTPC card.

Nevertheless, it is promising to see Nvidia releasing GF100 derivatives sooner than expected. The retail GeForce GT 430 will hit retail on October 12th 2010. We can also expect a retail version of the GT 420 sometime later.

Reference: Nvidia GeForce GT 420 (Thanks to TechPowerUp for the tip)

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