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These GeForce GTX 480, 470 Will be Different

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Keeping the GeForce GTX 480 cool with water cooling, FTW.

Although it's already been discussed in detail late last month, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 aren't yet on store shelves. They'll be trickling into retailers next week, but regardless of which OEM you choose to buy from, they'll all be the same card designed by Nvidia. This kind of homogeneity is only for the early rounds of the cards, however, as vendors are showing their hands of what they plan to do differently once they get their say in manufacturing.

One area that's clearly targeted by vendors is to get the high-heat nature of the new Fermi cards under control. While Nvidia's said publicly that its newest GPU is "designed to run hot," enthusiasts won't likely be taking chances if they don't have to.

EVGA has already gone public with its plans for a water-cooled Hydro Copper water block in a new graphics card series tagged as "FTW." Reports from forums peg pricing for the GTX 470 version at $500 and the GTX 480 at $650. No word on release date yet.

For those wishing to keep things arid, Palit is also planning on upgrading the cooling solution with a dual-fan set up. Aside from confirming that they are a custom design, Palit didn't have any further details to share yet.

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    Anonymous , April 5, 2010 4:41 PM
    $650.00? A 5970 is $699.99. Pass!
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    digiex , April 5, 2010 4:35 PM
    This is "cool"
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    frozenlead , April 5, 2010 5:06 PM
    Why is this in red? If half the articles are in red, it kindof negates the point of having important things in red. It's just a graphics card with a water cooler...like they've never released one of those before.
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  • 29 Hide
    digiex , April 5, 2010 4:35 PM
    This is "cool"
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    doomtomb , April 5, 2010 4:35 PM
    vulcan900I guess FTW Stands for "For the Worst"

    For the Win...
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    rjkucia , April 5, 2010 4:35 PM
    This is a great thing for overclockers, and those who just want to keep their parts cool. I'd like it more if they included a normal fan in there too, just in case you want to move the card into a system without liquid cooling.
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    micr0be , April 5, 2010 4:38 PM
    nice work ... but its not there yet
  • 31 Hide
    Anonymous , April 5, 2010 4:41 PM
    $650.00? A 5970 is $699.99. Pass!
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    omnimodis78 , April 5, 2010 4:46 PM
    I'm not bashing Fermi at all, in fact I hope it does well (which, in time, it will) - but I just don't get why invest in this right now? The next gen fermi is coming, maybe not soon enough, but it's coming, so I think it makes sense to wait for it unless for some odd reason you MUST have the 1st generation (with the heat, deactivated cores, unreasonable price tag and just sheer knowledge that it's not a good buy) - in which case a watercooled card is pretty much your only option.
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    saint19 , April 5, 2010 4:49 PM
    A LCS will not increase the performance, well, maybe a little, but not enough to win a place in the best GPU on the market.
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    RazberyBandit , April 5, 2010 5:00 PM
    First, what's with the fins on the FTW cards? Apparently eVGA thinks LCS systems have airflow in them. Or at least enough airflow to help keep the power circuitry cool...

    I also think the stock cooling solutions should be included on cards that come with waterblocks. $350 and $500 buy the cards with stock cooling solutions. 3rd-party waterblocks typically cost between $100 and $150. How is these cards a value to the consumer when they don't include the stock cooling? They added a $150 part and $150 to the price tag to cover the cost of that part. Where's the benefit and value? You say the value is that it's pre-installed? Big deal. Anyone using a LCS already possesses the skill required to install waterblocks properly and could probably break down a stock card, clean it, and install the waterblock in 15 minutes.
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    soo-nah-mee , April 5, 2010 5:05 PM
    Can you say: "BAND-AID"?
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    frozenlead , April 5, 2010 5:06 PM
    Why is this in red? If half the articles are in red, it kindof negates the point of having important things in red. It's just a graphics card with a water cooler...like they've never released one of those before.
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    BoxBabaX , April 5, 2010 5:08 PM
    RazberyBanditFirst, what's with the fins on the FTW cards? Apparently eVGA thinks LCS systems have airflow in them. Or at least enough airflow to help keep the power circuitry cool...I also think the stock cooling solutions should be included on cards that come with waterblocks. $350 and $500 buy the cards with stock cooling solutions. 3rd-party waterblocks typically cost between $100 and $150. How is these cards a value to the consumer when they don't include the stock cooling? They added a $150 part and $150 to the price tag to cover the cost of that part. Where's the benefit and value? You say the value is that it's pre-installed? Big deal. Anyone using a LCS already possesses the skill required to install waterblocks properly and could probably break down a stock card, clean it, and install the waterblock in 15 minutes.


    Agree 100%
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    sliem , April 5, 2010 5:09 PM
    Big d'uh. Anything with water cooling = cooler than fan.
    FTW... pfft.
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    megamanx00 , April 5, 2010 5:13 PM
    Meh
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    nforce4max , April 5, 2010 5:17 PM
    Ughhh
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    JohnnyLucky , April 5, 2010 5:25 PM
    We'll just have to wait and see how this plays out. I'm guessing Nvidia is going to backfill just like ATI, AMD, and Intel.
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    ikefu , April 5, 2010 5:29 PM
    I fully agree that water cooling is awesome, but the vast majority of people who buy video cards don't have water cooled systems (Like me)

    So this isn't really a fix but an added super high end user appeal. This won't move product off the shelves. I'm saving my pennies right now for a new system this summer but with those temps and water cooling not really an option for me, I'll still most likely be aiming at a 5850 or 5870.
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    saaiello , April 5, 2010 5:31 PM
    RazberyBanditFirst, what's with the fins on the FTW cards? Apparently eVGA thinks LCS systems have airflow in them.


    Even in LCS systems most will have a 140mm fan on the side panel so that will create plenty of airflow for cooling the circuitry.

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    ohim , April 5, 2010 5:42 PM
    RazberyBanditFirst, what's with the fins on the FTW cards? Apparently eVGA thinks LCS systems have airflow in them. Or at least enough airflow to help keep the power circuitry cool...I also think the stock cooling solutions should be included on cards that come with waterblocks. $350 and $500 buy the cards with stock cooling solutions. 3rd-party waterblocks typically cost between $100 and $150. How is these cards a value to the consumer when they don't include the stock cooling? They added a $150 part and $150 to the price tag to cover the cost of that part. Where's the benefit and value? You say the value is that it's pre-installed? Big deal. Anyone using a LCS already possesses the skill required to install waterblocks properly and could probably break down a stock card, clean it, and install the waterblock in 15 minutes.

    that`s why ppl like you don`t get to design things based on physics, you have an air flow inside your computer and you get the air flow even without the presance of an fan, or you think that the winds in nature are driven by large fans and not from the difference in low/hight temperature?
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