Dual GPU will be epic, if it's real
NVIDIA is one of the big two in the video card world. The company has fought with ATI/AMD for years for the crown of top performing video card. NVIDIA and AMD both have offered dual GPU video cards over the years. The first of the dual GPU cards from NVIDIA landed years ago and you could use two of the beasts in SLI for quad GPU gaming action.
The downside in the early case was that the drivers were notorious for having issues. As the years have gone by, dual GPU cards have become much more stable and offer the best performance you find in a single video card. The downside is that the dual GPU beasts generally turn hotter and use more power. That means that they are louder cards because the dual fans most have spin at higher speeds to keep things cool.
An unannounced NVIDIA video card has leaked today that is said to be called the GTX 595. The image doesn't really show us all the details that most of us are craving right now. According to the rumors floating with the picture, the card uses dual GF110 GPUs and a bridge chip said to the NF200. The card is also said to have 3GB of RAM total.
That amount of RAM makes sense given that the high-end GPUs use 1.5GB each today. The card has three DVI outputs. This is great news for anyone wanting to get some 3D Vision Surround gaming action with a single video card. Right now, you need at least two cards to get three screens going.
The card will certainly suck up some power; it needs dual 8-pin power connectors. If you are going to get this card and cram it into a high-end gaming rig, you will need a serious PSU. The bad news on these rumors is that they are just rumors at this point. The GPUs could be something not as exciting as the GF110. NVIDIA hasn’t typically used its fastest GPUs in a dual GPU card due to heat and power consumption issues. The GTX 595 is expected sometime next year.