ZOTAC GTX480 Review
The Infamous Cooler
A large part of the reason for the release delay was nVidia attempting to rein in the heat that the Fermi core generates. A combination of cutting down the shaders and clock speeds, along with the biggest hunk of metal we've seen on any reference design, just about makes it manageable.
If you don't believe that this is as hot as is made out, this is the heatsink after our first batch of test runs. I've seen exhausts with less blue-ing on them.
Can anyone remember another heatsink that came uncovered in a final attempt to wrestle some thermal control?
Damn all this griddle-look metal is making me hungry.