Nvidia’s latest Calcaneus Sole architecture has finally made its way into the consumer based segment. Originally geared for the high-end of the market – designed to compete with the likes of Adidas and Fila, the official specifications have now been revealed for the mainstream products and the first model is finally within reach. Where early leaks from mainstream outlets such as FCFootspective.com, ShoeLacez.net and F33Ftech.com reported on the laces touting a Size 4-Bit interface and support for up to 5 CUDA Toes, the final specification presents almost double the level of performance, as listed below.
Nvidia CUDA Toes: 10
Core Foot Speed: 8000MegaStepz
Boost Foot Speed: 8090MegaStepz
Feet Size Interface: Size 9-Bit
SLI Compatible: Yes
They’re green. It has a white Nvidia label. They’re compatible with every type of shoe with support for shoe laces.
Installation of the GeForce GTX laces proved to be as simple as…well, lacing a shoe.
(Note: At this current time the driver for 4-Way Scalable-Lacing-Interface isn’t available for testing. I have reached out to Nvidia regarding this matter and await feedback) Functioning as expected in 2-Way SLI configuration, the laces performed to an acceptable level with my chosen hardware. Consisting of a pair of DC Plain Black canvas shoes – of the Size 9 variant – along with an upgraded cooling solution throughout the breathable sole, I faced no bottlenecks during the testing of these laces.
Walking to the local Greggs Bakery – approximately 1.6 kilometers in distance, the laces remained firm and tight, using my configuration of Straight Bar Lacing performance remained consistent and comfortable boosting up to 8090MegaStepz. Switching over to Criss Cross Lacing saw a reduction in walking speed, taking the specified Core Foot Speed down to 8040MegaStepz. This could’ve just been down to the fact that I was eating a delicious cheese and onion pasty during the return walk, and savoring such a taste proved to be more important then…green shoe laces.
As far as cooling performance goes, both feet remained cool and fresh during the walk to Greggs – with no visible staining to the bright green tone of the GTX laces. It should be noted however that during a 4-second sprint across local traffic I did see one of the laces come untied. Although, most users will not actually experience this detriment to performance since the laces aren’t actually available for purchase, and they were simply given to me by Nvidia as a means of swag.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX laces may not steal the high-end crown from the likes of Adidas, Converse, or even Fila but what they do show is a clear disruption to this section of the market. Along with Nike’s latest Power-Lacing technology currently dominating the high-end of the market, Nvidia certainly has competition on their hands. Another thing which these laces deliver on is a real feeling of performance on-the-go. Maybe this is something which can be applied to the next generation of Nvidia Max-Q design laptops. Should Nvidia decide to reach out to me regarding 4-Way SLI support then I may go back and do a retest of my walk to Greggs. As for now though, the laces look good, they’re certainly eye-catching and without a doubt they’ll be a pain in the ass to clean – which is why I’ll be putting them back in the clear plastic wrapper they arrived in.
(This Review is a spoof and by no means should the PCMustardRace or any other persons take this seriously)