NVIDIA has published its GeForce 267.84 drivers, available on this page. Designed exclusively for the GeForce GTX 590, these drivers are indispensable for this cards as they activate software protection to prevent fatal overheating. Update: NVIDIA has just put the 267.85 drivers online, still for the GTX 590. They add support for 4-way SLI configurations with two GTX 590s.
It’s important to note that it’s necessary to uninstall any old drivers to avoid any problems. As for the GeForce GTX 580, 570 and 560 Ti, NVIDIA has introduced OCP to protect the GeForce GTX 590 from drawing too much power. An important difference with the other cards is that OCP is active all the time and not only for a handful of pieces of software such as Furmark. This is crucial for the GeForce GTX 590 as we noted after our first sample card gave up the ghost.
There’s a bug that means that Windows can sometimes automatically install a driver that doesn’t support the GTX 590 and doesn’t activate OCP across the board. In our test, a heavy load forced energy consumption up to dangerours levels and blew the card. After any installation of the GeForce GTX 590, we therefore advise you to ensure that any old drivers have been suppressed. It goes without saying that we don’t advise the use of any drivers that don’t officially support the GeForce GTX 590! Without software protection, here’s what can happen to your card:
OCZ have announced that it has delivered its millionth SSD. Their first SSD was announced on March 12 2008 so it has taken the company 3 years to reach this total. The first model, the OCZ SATA II 2.5" was based on Samsung SLC and the 64 GB version cost €800. Things have changed a good deal since!
The SSD market is still quite some way behind the figures posted for hard drives by Seagate and Western: up to 50 million in three months.