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This is Gigabyte's Super Overclock GTX 680 With 5 Fans

By , Benjamin Kraft - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 83 comments

A quintuplet of fans.

We've shown you Gigabyte's Windforce 3X card before based on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680. Now at Computex, we found the Gigabyte GV-N680S-2GD packing a cooler with five fans.

As seen in the pictures, it's a triple slot design that uses five small fans and a metal cover to shape airflow across the card. Air is drawn through the heatsink and blown upwards, not pushed onto the board for what is "Anti Turbulence Cooling". Cooler feature include nine 6mm copper heatpipes plus a king-size vapor chamber cooler. According to Gigabyte, this can dissipate up to 500 Watts of heat.

The fans appear to be independent from one another too. In 2D mode, the card will be silent with all fans idle. With increasing load, individual fans will turn on.

As for the GTX 680 itself, it'll be built on a 2 ounce copper PCB with Japanese solid capacitors, ferrite core metal chokes and 8 phase GPU digital power regulation. No clock speeds were given, but it will come with a factory overclock and OC Guru II overclocking software. Gigabyte says to expect 8.5% better performance than the reference card.

It will be available in the July 2012 to Q3 time frame.

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    s3anister , June 9, 2012 1:12 PM
    Obviously I haven't heard the card but don't small fans tend to be ridiculously loud?
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    Bloob , June 9, 2012 1:26 PM
    Sorry Gigabyte, I absolutely need at least 6 fans.
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    sixdegree , June 9, 2012 2:12 PM
    AMD: Add more cores!
    Gigabyte: Add more fans!!
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  • 26 Hide
    Pyree , June 9, 2012 1:01 PM
    +1 more fan. :) 
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    Anonymous , June 9, 2012 1:10 PM
    This is becoming like the razor blades of 10 yrs ago.....3blades, no 4 blades, no 5 blades, etc.


    any bets on fan count in 10 years?
  • 42 Hide
    s3anister , June 9, 2012 1:12 PM
    Obviously I haven't heard the card but don't small fans tend to be ridiculously loud?
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    alhanelem , June 9, 2012 1:15 PM
    i would rather have 2 or 3 large fans that pushed a lot of air flow at acceptable noise levels than 5 small and loud as a hair dryer fans...
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    hmp_goose , June 9, 2012 1:23 PM
    Soooo they're blow in the wrong direction, considering how door intakes are normally used?
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    sublime2k , June 9, 2012 1:25 PM
    s3anisterObviously I haven't heard the card but don't small fans tend to be ridiculously loud?

    alhanelemi would rather have 2 or 3 large fans that pushed a lot of air flow at acceptable noise levels than 5 small and loud as a hair dryer fans...

    This and this.
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    Bloob , June 9, 2012 1:26 PM
    Sorry Gigabyte, I absolutely need at least 6 fans.
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    nikorr , June 9, 2012 1:32 PM
    Well, don't u have some 120mm fans that are crazy loud?

    And some supper quiet?

    I don't think Gigabyte would go and embarrassed itself by making the card louder

    than is the average for this kind of GPU.
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    nocteratus , June 9, 2012 1:53 PM
    yeah, no price is announce.
    Maybe 20% more expensive for only 8.5% more performance.

    You pay for having more fans. I don't care about the fans, what I'm interested is performance.
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    ctbaars , June 9, 2012 2:09 PM
    silly
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    sixdegree , June 9, 2012 2:12 PM
    AMD: Add more cores!
    Gigabyte: Add more fans!!
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    willard , June 9, 2012 2:28 PM
    Lots of small fans sounds like a bad idea to me.

    Small fans are louder than large fans because they have to spin much faster to move the same amount of air. Maybe the fact that there's five of them will mean they never have to spin that fast to keep the card cool, but if they're spinning at max RPM that thing is going to sound like a jet taking off.
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    bharatwd , June 9, 2012 2:30 PM
    soon, our cabinets will be flying like a helicopter......... ;) 
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    TheBigTroll , June 9, 2012 2:35 PM
    hey! fractal made 40mm fans that spin at 4000rpm and they only make 19dba of noise at that speed. small fans dont make that much noise nowadays
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    NuclearShadow , June 9, 2012 2:43 PM
    Would you like some video-card with that fan?

    I love Gigabyte my mobo and both of my 460's are their brand and I have been using them as a preference for many years but this is a bit hard to take seriously. That video-card will be the loudest thing in my house if I get one. I am guessing the price will be considerably higher too, I just couldn't justify buying it for a 8% performance gain.
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    anonymous_user , June 9, 2012 2:44 PM
    Are those like rackmount server fans? Wasn't the purpose of larger size fans to be able to have equal airflow with less fans and less noise?
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    nukemaster , June 9, 2012 3:08 PM
    TheBigTrollhey! fractal made 40mm fans that spin at 4000rpm and they only make 19dba of noise at that speed. small fans dont make that much noise nowadays

    4.5 cfm vs 65 for 140mm fan from the same company. And I DO like fractal cases for the price.

    anonymous_userAre those like rackmount server fans? Wasn't the purpose of larger size fans to be able to have equal airflow with less fans and less noise?

    YES!

    I hope that with so much heatsink(3 slots worth without space taken for fans on the top of the heatsink), they will be able to get away with less air flow.

    Anyone remember the Accelero X2, that thing used a very small blower and was a very quiet cooler. It was not noticeably louder at full speed either and cooled so well. It was a case of more heatsink = less fan needed.
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    hellfire24 , June 9, 2012 3:24 PM
    NEEDS MORE FANS!
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    oj88 , June 9, 2012 3:40 PM
    I need to dust off 9 fans in my gaming PC twice a year, and I hate small fans which are much harder to get cleaned than larger ones. I just wish to put a fanless PC in a fridge which is dust free inside and at most one large fan outside.
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    DRosencraft , June 9, 2012 3:44 PM
    Yeah, interesting idea, but the noise level will likely be a problem. Love Gigabyte, but I think this might not be their best idea. Let's do a little conceptualizing. Let's say that they manage to get each fan here to run at max RPM but only ~20dba. That's an effective total of ~100dba. Compare that to three 120mm or 140mm fans that will push the same amount of air if not more while running at the same 20dba, for an effective ~60dba. My guess is that this design is all about the performance of placing those fans on the side of the card rather than how many fans there are. The card would probably look weird if they limited to only three or so fans on the side, so they went for a little better aesthetics, sacrificed a little on noise, and hope that not too many people have need to crank this thing up too much.
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