ZOTAC GTX480 Review

The Infamous Cooler

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.

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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.

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Can anyone remember another heatsink that came uncovered in a final attempt to wrestle some thermal control?

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Damn all this griddle-look metal is making me hungry.

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Most Recent Comments

14-04-2010, 06:07:06

Aye its a bit of a let down by NV this time as i was really looking forward to the new cards.Quote

14-04-2010, 07:08:26

Originally Posted by name='clone38'
Aye its a bit of a let down by NV this time as i was really looking forward to the new cards.
I was aswell if Im honest, just have to hope they get it all sorted with the cash injection from the sales of these cards.Quote

14-04-2010, 09:50:39

Quite dissapointing really. 5870 is really the one to go for, or 5970, which is faster in some and clocks very well. Perhaps Fermi could be better used as a grill?

I hope the next generation brings something better to the show, because these are too hot for what they give, and when a 5970 is only £50 more, they represent very poor value.Quote

14-04-2010, 13:25:23

Me wants one, watercooled ofc!

My 280ocx is dammed loud on air but having heard these I couldn't put up with the noise.Quote

14-04-2010, 17:28:29

Judging by the color of the cooler it seems that NVIDIA can use it to light their own victory cigar. Quote

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