These GeForce GTX 480, 470 Will be Different

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • vulcan900
    .....water block in a new graphics card series tagged as "FTW."
    I guess FTW Stands for "For the Worst"
  • digiex
    This is "cool"
  • doomtomb
    vulcan900I guess FTW Stands for "For the Worst"For the Win...
  • rjkucia
    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.
  • micr0be
    nice work ... but its not there yet
  • $650.00? A 5970 is $699.99. Pass!
  • omnimodis78
    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.
  • saint19
    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.
  • RazberyBandit
    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.
  • soo-nah-mee
    Can you say: "BAND-AID"?