Nvidia’s GTX 590 is smokin’, literally

According to Swedish overclockers over on Sweclockers.com the new dual-GPU flagship card from Nvidia overheats when using the drivers that were initially given to the press. In some cases (as seen in the above video) the card can even blow up. This happens when a person tries to overclock or overvolt the GTX 590 with driver version number 267.52.

The problem with these older drivers seems to be that they fail to activate a safety feature which protects the card’s power components.

Nvidia today released an updated driver for the GTX 590 which everyone should upgrade to.

Meanwhile the company is trying their best to reassure customers that the cards are completely safe, but stress caution when overclocking or overvolting the card:

In the web release driver of GeForce GTX 590, we have added some important enhancements to our overcurrent protection for overclocking. We recommend anyone doing overclocking or running stress apps to always use the latest web driver to get the fullest protection for your hardware. Please note that overcurrent protection does not eliminate the risks of overclocking, and hardware damage is possible, particularly when overvoltaging.

We recommend anyone using the GTX 590 board with the reference aircooler stick with the default voltage while overclocking, and avoid working around overcurrent protection mechanisms for stress applications. This will help maintain GTX 590′s great combination of acoustics, performance, and reliability. NVIDIA has worked with several watercooling companies to develop waterblocks for GTX 590, and these solutions will help provide additional margin for overclocking, but even in this case we recommend enthusiasts stay within 12.5-25mV of the default voltage in order to minimize risk.

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