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Thermaltake, Nvidia Jointly Launch Gaming Case

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Nvidia Edition cases hitting the market along with Fermi.

While stopping over at Thermaltake's suite, we noticed a custom designed case with an Nvidia logo on the front.

Although not fancy, the case delivers an efficient layout with one specialty: dedicated air channeling for Nvidia's upcoming Fermi-based graphics cards.

Called the Element V Nvidia Edition, the case has multiple large intake fans, as well as a specialized cooling duct that would partially cover the ends of Fermi cards. Thermaltake told us that this way, a dedicated intake fan will draw in cool air from the outside and direct the air flow right into the intakes of installed cards. Designed for multiple graphics cards, Thermaltake told us that Nvidia officially recommends the use of Fermi-certified cases when running multiple cards.

On the side sits a large panel fan and the are fans on the top of the case that help draw hot air out of the system too. We asked if "Nvidia Edition" cases are going to be available from other vendors and were told that for now, Thermaltake is the only maker.

Availability will be at the end of Feburary/early March and will retail for $179 USD.

Check out the photos for details!

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    Anonymous , January 7, 2010 9:25 PM
    "Thermaltake told us that Nvidia officially recommends the use of Fermi-certified cases when running multiple cards."

    "We asked if "Nvidia Edition" cases are going to be available from other vendors and were told that for now, Thermaltake is the only maker."

    Notice the distinction between "Nvidia Edition" and "Fermi-certified". All the high-end cases are going to be "Fermi-certified"; Thermaltake have just paid a bit extra for the badge. If memory serves, weren't Coolermaster producing "Nvidia Edition" cases in 2008?

    "Fermi-certified" is a point of interest, and I wonder if detractors won't pick up on that. Does Fermi SLI run so hot that it needs a special case?

    Just how strongly should we interpret "recommends"? In the sense that you might recommend a good restaurant, or are we looking at a Vista "recommended hardware" situation? If existing mid- and high-end cases aren't certified retrospectively, how much confidence will gamers and enthusiasts be able to place in their rigs?
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    brendano257 , January 7, 2010 9:16 PM
    Well, I see they've prepared for their cards to run hot, although reducing the heat output is better than increasing the cooling input. Kind of a cheat-around the problem. And not everyone will buy a new case either obviously.
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    njkid3 , January 7, 2010 9:14 PM
    another reason why fermi is going to fail. it runs absurdly hot and no one in their right mind would buy a card that requires such specialized cooling to properly work. this should be the final nail in the coffin for fermi it will be overprices, power hungry, scorching hot and behind the ball. to sum it up nvidia failed.
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    brendano257 , January 7, 2010 9:16 PM
    Well, I see they've prepared for their cards to run hot, although reducing the heat output is better than increasing the cooling input. Kind of a cheat-around the problem. And not everyone will buy a new case either obviously.
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    Anonymous , January 7, 2010 9:25 PM
    "Thermaltake told us that Nvidia officially recommends the use of Fermi-certified cases when running multiple cards."

    "We asked if "Nvidia Edition" cases are going to be available from other vendors and were told that for now, Thermaltake is the only maker."

    Notice the distinction between "Nvidia Edition" and "Fermi-certified". All the high-end cases are going to be "Fermi-certified"; Thermaltake have just paid a bit extra for the badge. If memory serves, weren't Coolermaster producing "Nvidia Edition" cases in 2008?

    "Fermi-certified" is a point of interest, and I wonder if detractors won't pick up on that. Does Fermi SLI run so hot that it needs a special case?

    Just how strongly should we interpret "recommends"? In the sense that you might recommend a good restaurant, or are we looking at a Vista "recommended hardware" situation? If existing mid- and high-end cases aren't certified retrospectively, how much confidence will gamers and enthusiasts be able to place in their rigs?
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    hunter315 , January 7, 2010 9:39 PM
    Im alright with certifying PSUs to run multiple cards, but when we need to start certifying that cases will be able to run multiple cards something is wrong, though that air duct does seem like a promising idea and im curious if someone is going to test it on current cards to see if it actually helps or if it just looks neat.
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    Impulse Fire911 , January 7, 2010 9:54 PM
    the fermi runs sooo hot that they need a case for it? jeez
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    eklipz330 , January 7, 2010 9:56 PM
    well nvidia has a lot of followers, so they're gonna sell these cases like hot cakes

    can't wait for more SLI ddr3 Ram. don't forget SLI PSU, SLI motherboard, and SLI cupholders .
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    IzzyCraft , January 7, 2010 10:13 PM
    zipzoomflyhighNow Fermi needs a special case to cool it. Nvidia = Fail

    lol it's marketing you dumb ass who uses fail to assert their point.
    Nvidia has been doing this for quite some time having nvidia's sli certified cases! but usually with cooler master not thermaltake.
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    megamanx00 , January 7, 2010 10:35 PM
    Somehow I'm reminded of the 2900XT
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    roofus , January 7, 2010 10:45 PM
    ugly case.
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    matt87_50 , January 7, 2010 10:47 PM
    IzzyCraftlol it's marketing you dumb ass who uses fail to assert their point.Nvidia has been doing this for quite some time having nvidia's sli certified cases! but usually with cooler master not thermaltake.


    the only thing this "marketing" tells me is that their new GPUs are going to run so hot that you need a special massive case just to use one!

    NO DEAL!
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    Goro , January 7, 2010 10:53 PM
    See the last picture? Its got a HVAC unit build in well its A/C no heating. Heat your house with the new fermi in winter heheheh
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    Flying Sq , January 7, 2010 10:54 PM
    Ahkey If memory serves, weren't Coolermaster producing "Nvidia Edition" cases in 2008?"

    You are correct, i'm using one right now, and it's a great case.
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    treefrog07 , January 8, 2010 12:54 AM
    What, no window? That duct is just begging to have the NV logo emblazoned on it...in UV green!
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    kalogagatya , January 8, 2010 1:36 AM
    eklipz330well nvidia has a lot of followers, so they're gonna sell these cases like hot cakescan't wait for more SLI ddr3 Ram. don't forget SLI PSU, SLI motherboard, and SLI cupholders .


    thats why shorts were invented:
    to cooldown testicle SLI :D  actually all nVidia employees have their testicles SLIed. They say it makes them work faster.

    (as opposed to ATI that have theirs.. crossfired. O_o that actually sounds gay.)
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    christop , January 8, 2010 1:58 AM
    I will pass..
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    Hiniberus , January 8, 2010 7:07 AM
    eklipz330well nvidia has a lot of followers, so they're gonna sell these cases like hot cakescan't wait for more SLI ddr3 Ram. don't forget SLI PSU, SLI motherboard, and SLI cupholders .


    Can I get a free SLI bed as well please?
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    leo2kp , January 8, 2010 10:56 AM
    How about we all just wait and see before making assumptions as to their motive?
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    lowguppy , January 8, 2010 12:51 PM
    megamanx00Somehow I'm reminded of the 2900XT

    Yeah, I had an easier time heating my apartment when I was running a 2900pro.

    Hey, with all the push towards multifunction devices, maybe nVidia should market Fermi multiGPU systems as space heaters too.
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    anamaniac , January 8, 2010 4:15 PM
    homrqtThis is what nvidia's been doing with their time? This and drawing funny cartoons?

    But I like their funny cartoons.

    For some reason, I want to put dual 5970's in this...
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    Anonymous , January 8, 2010 4:27 PM
    Soon we're going to need Fermi certified electrical circuits in the house.
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