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SPIED: Nvidia GTX 470 'Fermi' PCB Cut-out Cooler

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

The hotly anticipated Fermi has been spied.

Nvidia will later this month formally debut its GF100-based cards the GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480. These cards already exist and are quietly on display at CeBit in Germany, and shots of the product in action have just hit the net.

Chinese website Expreview has board shots of what it claims is a GTX 470 and PC Games Hardware has pictures of one running in action inside a live computer case.

What's interesting to note is that the board shot featured on Expreview show an underside of the card which has cutouts on the PCB that appear to facilitate cooling – something that we've seen before on the GeForce GTX 295.

Nvidia will officially debut the GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 products on March 26.

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    nrnx , 3 March 2010 02:09
    Very nice looking outcut. Lets see how it performs now!
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    dan-fish , 3 March 2010 03:14
    This should be interesting...
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    padlius , 3 March 2010 03:22
    First fermi is going to underperform and it is better to wait until they will develop further in with that chipset. It also runs fairly hot.
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    dan-fish , 3 March 2010 03:23
    Is that a guarantee?
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    N19h7M4r3 , 3 March 2010 04:19
    if they have to cut the PCB to make it run cooler like in a 295 i'm curious to see how hot they run lol
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    jfem , 3 March 2010 04:31
    I wonder how much it will cost.
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    cj_online , 3 March 2010 14:06
    How does that cut out cooler work ?
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    mi1ez , 3 March 2010 14:22
    cj_onlineHow does that cut out cooler work ?

    Just a larger area through which to draw air I assume.
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    david__t , 3 March 2010 17:25
    In the top PCIe port, these slots would drag hot air directly off the chipset or from the CPU cooler. In a lower slot (SLi setup) it would be pulling air from the graphics card above. In either case I fail to see how this helps cooling unless it can physically pull more air in total with 2 openings to the fan.
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    trooth , 3 March 2010 20:07
    That hot hair
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    mi1ez , 3 March 2010 20:09
    That hot hair

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    Dandalf , 3 March 2010 20:30
    jfemI wonder how much it will cost.

    Less than the equivalent ATI card probably, as AMD will likely drop prices across the board when nv release! :) 
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    Mitche01 , 4 March 2010 18:29
    I wonder what mainstream cards will be like and if they will rival the ATI 5000 series?