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This is Gigabyte's Super Overclock GTX 680 With 5 Fans

By , Benjamin Kraft - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

A quintuplet of fans.

We've shown you Gigabyte's Windforce 3X card before based on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680. Now at Computex, we found the Gigabyte GV-N680S-2GD packing a cooler with five fans.

As seen in the pictures, it's a triple slot design that uses five small fans and a metal cover to shape airflow across the card. Air is drawn through the heatsink and blown upwards, not pushed onto the board for what is "Anti Turbulence Cooling". Cooler feature include nine 6mm copper heatpipes plus a king-size vapor chamber cooler. According to Gigabyte, this can dissipate up to 500 Watts of heat.

The fans appear to be independent from one another too. In 2D mode, the card will be silent with all fans idle. With increasing load, individual fans will turn on.

As for the GTX 680 itself, it'll be built on a 2 ounce copper PCB with Japanese solid capacitors, ferrite core metal chokes and 8 phase GPU digital power regulation. No clock speeds were given, but it will come with a factory overclock and OC Guru II overclocking software. Gigabyte says to expect 8.5% better performance than the reference card.

It will be available in the July 2012 to Q3 time frame.

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    LePhuronn , 9 June 2012 21:47
    5 60mm fans? Or are they 40mm? God that's gonna be noisy either way at full speed
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    whatsthatnoise , 9 June 2012 22:01
    5 60mm fans? Or are they 40mm? God that's gonna be noisy either way at full speed

    Should be 40mm fans, judging from proportion. So either that heatsink is really awesome in (semi) passive operation or that card will be noisy, indeed.

    I'd be curious to see (hear) this card in action (under load). :) 
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    vasilisvvv , 9 June 2012 23:32
    noisy or not the surely made something new there
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    Uther39 , 10 June 2012 00:43
    Where's my ear defenders !
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    jldevoy , 11 June 2012 05:13
    Is this being targetted at deaf pc gamers?
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    Uther39 , 11 June 2012 05:16
    jldevoyIs this being targetted at deaf pc gamers?

    PARDON !
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    Steveymoo , 11 June 2012 19:12
    This card won't just be noisy, it'll also be very whiny, since smaller fans tend to have higher pitched motors, that have to run much faster to push a similar quantity of air.
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    damian86 , 13 June 2012 07:56
    This is going to be louder than my farts man, why would they release something like that? I think gfx cards are becoming huge can we not have the same huge gpu but cut down in little pieces, someone needs to redesign here!
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    bemused_fred , 20 June 2012 04:43
    Uther39PARDON !

    You sir, are a god.