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.
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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.Reply
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.Reply
"Thermaltake told us that Nvidia officially recommends the use of Fermi-certified cases when running multiple cards."Reply
"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?
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.Reply
the fermi runs sooo hot that they need a case for it? jeezReply
well nvidia has a lot of followers, so they're gonna sell these cases like hot cakesReply
can't wait for more SLI ddr3 Ram. don't forget SLI PSU, SLI motherboard, and SLI cupholders .
zipzoomflyhighNow Fermi needs a special case to cool it. Nvidia = Faillol it's marketing you dumb ass who uses fail to assert their point.Reply
Nvidia has been doing this for quite some time having nvidia's sli certified cases! but usually with cooler master not thermaltake.
Somehow I'm reminded of the 2900XTReply
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.Reply
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!