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Gainward GTX 760 OC Phantom

Short and stubby. That’s our first impression of Gainward's submission. Indeed, it occupies a full three expansion slots. And its PCB is the same as the GeForce GTX 670 and 760 reference configuration. Aside from the cooler, this card is also identical to Palit’s GTX 670 OC Jetstream, down to the frequencies.

Technical Specifications And Dimensions
GPU Clock1072 MHz
Boost (according to BIOS)1137 MHz
Attainable Maximum Boost Under Load1215 MHz
Height120 mm / 4.72 inches
Length240 mm / 9.44 inches
Width (Cooler Side)48 mm / 1.89 inches  (<= triple-slot)
Width (PCB side)4 mm / 0.16 inches (no backplate, frame only)
max. Weight640 g / 22.57 ounces
Fans2 x 85 mm / 3.34 inches (fan diameter)

This cooler quite obviously pays homage to the tradition of Phantom cards past. After all, once upon a time, Gainward's design was considered the one to beat. Two removable fans sit between the horizontally-oriented heat sink fins and PCB. They don’t blow the air up through the cooler, but rather draw it downward, providing a certain amount of airflow to the board itself. Although Gainward operates its memory slightly faster than MSI and Gigabyte at 1550 MHz, the chip packages don't make contact with a heat sink.

Two six-pin auxiliary power connectors ride atop the card, with two SLI interfaces close to the I/O shield. As mentioned, the two fans can be removed easily, making them easy to clean.

Like MSI's submission, the horizontally-aligned cooling fins direct exhaust out the card's front and back. Again, air has to escape through a half-height grille on the I/O bracket. Four nickel-plated pipes help facilitate thermal transfer, conducting the heat to the cooler above.

The I/O bracket looks exactly the same; you get dual-link DVI-D, dual-link DVI-I, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.