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PICTURES: GeForce GTX 480 Stripped Apart

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 61 comments

What hides beneath that massive card cooler of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480? Check out these disassembly pictures.

We're just days away from the official unveiling of Nvidia's first Fermi-based GF100 GPUs. Some of those living down under at Australia-based Atomic MPC, however, seem to have gotten their hands on a sample and have taken it apart. Thankfully, there are pictures, and we've selected a few to show you.

Check out the full gallery of disassembly pictures at Atomic MPC.

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    Anonymous , March 25, 2010 12:03 AM
    lol and here come Fermi all nude, whats next?
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    brendano257 , March 25, 2010 12:02 AM
    Better than box pictures I suppose =D
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    yzfr1guy , March 25, 2010 12:10 AM
    But, Will it blend?
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  • 23 Hide
    brendano257 , March 25, 2010 12:02 AM
    Better than box pictures I suppose =D
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2010 12:02 AM
    Pictures and pictures and pictures, and still no benchmarks....
  • 24 Hide
    Anonymous , March 25, 2010 12:03 AM
    lol and here come Fermi all nude, whats next?
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    builderbobftw , March 25, 2010 12:06 AM
    I want to see the different Photos benchmarked!!!!

    (We seen like a dozen, so plenty of samples)
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    micr0be , March 25, 2010 12:07 AM
    i dont get it ... why don't i remember this much hype for ATI 5XXX series....
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    dragonsqrrl , March 25, 2010 12:08 AM
    Interesting to see how the heat sink and cooling assembly is set up under the hood. Looks like the aluminum frame (serving as a heat sink for the memory) and the main GPU heat sink are actually two completely separate components. It's also interesting to note that the heat pipes actually come in direct contact with the GPU.
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    Shadow703793 , March 25, 2010 12:09 AM
    I gave up on this card being silent once I saw the Delta fan. :lol: 

    At any rate, this is one power sucking beast.
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    yzfr1guy , March 25, 2010 12:10 AM
    But, Will it blend?
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    XD_dued , March 25, 2010 12:14 AM
    shadow703793I gave up on this card being silent once I saw the Delta fan. At any rate, this is one power sucking beast.


    yea based on the prices, it looks like it won't perform much better than 5xxx yet consume a lot more power...
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    Spanky Deluxe , March 25, 2010 12:16 AM
    I'm sure benchmarks are coming soon - chances are there's an embargo on them until official launch and enough units are on their way to retailers. A little blue bird tells me that Tom's already has a 480 and already benchmarked it a few days ago.
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    Gulli , March 25, 2010 12:16 AM
    I can see Nvidia has been putting a lot of money into Fermi-related PR. Now if only they would have put some of that money into R&D they might have had a new card six months ago, like a certain other video card manufacturer...
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    tpi2007 , March 25, 2010 12:19 AM
    That thing is probably the size of an original Pentium chip... taking the heatspreader is asking too much, isn't it ? Well, then again, it's a rare item, so I guess they want to preserve it because they are likely not going to get another for review in the next few months (some review sites are getting none whatsoever, only a GTX 470), and they will have to compare it to the future 5890.
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    OvrClkr , March 25, 2010 12:32 AM
    the heatsink alone looks costly.. looks like a "dark knight" specifically made for the 480..
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    lauxenburg , March 25, 2010 12:45 AM
    micr0bei dont get it ... why don't i remember this much hype for ATI 5XXX series....


    Nvidia doing an under the table deal with Toms! I hope not! O.o

    Damn right there should have been a hell of a lot more hype for Radeon HD5000. First DX11 card. Three monitors ftw? Fastest card on the planet demolishing anything and everything.

    And there's like one thing on tesselation.... =P Oh well.
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    nforce4max , March 25, 2010 12:46 AM
    elie3000lol and here come Fermi all nude, whats next?


    SEX aka benchmarks and reviews. I am quite eager really to see one in action soon.
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    wintermint , March 25, 2010 12:48 AM
    Cool. Fermi is not just an urban legend anymore.
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    lauxenburg , March 25, 2010 12:50 AM
    By the way, who was the smart one putting big holes at the end of the PCB? Something must be going on if they can make a better card then ATI and then have the nerve to drill holes in it to show how small and powerful and how unnecessary PCB real estate is.

    I'm curious.
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    lauxenburg , March 25, 2010 12:53 AM
    shadow703793I gave up on this card being silent once I saw the Delta fan. At any rate, this is one power sucking beast.

    Delta fan!?! Where? Oh on the link...They probably had to install on to help the heat issues they were having.
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    lashton , March 25, 2010 12:53 AM
    i nwish nthey had removed the heat spreading substance and shown the details on the core, but god F**KEN damn thats a massive core
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    yizusc , March 25, 2010 12:54 AM
    plz show real benchmarks, i think they arent shown cause, FERMI its not that fast to justify such of an investment. And the publicity its based on people nvidia's fan people just go the launchment day and do a blind purchase.
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