Friday, April 9th 2010

My production Fermi arrived!

This morning the first of the long awaited retail GeForce GTX 480 cards arrived. The card came from Zotac and photos are below. It is from the same shipment that will be sold on store shelves in the next days. At first glance the card looks completely identical to the NVIDIA press sample, with the exception of some black foam on the back of the card. Another diffence is the BIOS which I put up for download here.

I am told that the reason for the black foam is to ensure some spacing between the cards when running in SLI mode, so that they can breathe. It also acts as safeguard against short circuits which could happen when the metal cooler surface of one card touches the back of the other card.
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#1
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: W1zzard
This morning the first of the long awaited retail GeForce GTX 480 cards arrived. The card came from Zotac and photos are below. It is from the same shipment that will be sold on store shelves in the next days. At first glance the card looks completely identical to the NVIDIA press sample, with the exception of some black foam on the back of the card. Another diffence is the BIOS which I put up for download here.

I am told that the reason for the black foam is to ensure some spacing between the cards when running in SLI mode, so that they can breathe. It is also a safeguard against short circuits which could happen when the metal cooler surface of one card touches the back of the other card.

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-04-09/zotac1_thm.jpg http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-04-09/zotac3_thm.jpg
BENCHMARKS !!! Give us some scores !!! :respect:
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#2
Black Panther
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I sense a busy weekend!

Enjoy the toy :toast:
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#3
W1zzard
by: trickson
BENCHMARKS !!! Give us some scores !!! :respect:
i dont expect any change in benchmark results vs. the press samples .. running sli testing now
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#4
wiak
hey i love your wall and your floor w1zzard!
any pic of your workbench?
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#6
Mussels
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the foam is interesting, if rather... primitive, for the problem with SLI.
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#7
Sasqui
by: W1zzard
i dont expect any change in benchmark results vs. the press samples .. running sli testing now
:toast: Sweet! Hopfully an SLI review will follow.

After seeing the four cards in SLI, It'll be interesting to see if the foam will do anything at all - they looked pretty sqeezed together.
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#8
Dyno
by: trickson
BENCHMARKS !!! Give us some scores !!! :respect:
Dude there are MULTIPLY benchmarks on the internet for the GTX 480/470 since a week ago. Where have you been?
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#9
Kenshai
Any teaser on sli performance?
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#10
Mussels
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by: Kenshai
Any teaser on sli performance?
so fast its smokin'

(or maybe thats the PSU...)
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#11
DOM
how many think the foam is going to catch on fire :p
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#12
MoonPig
When should we expect SLi benchmarks?
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#13
Mussels
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by: DOM
how many think the foam is going to catch on fire :p
might be used for warranty purposes - if the foams melted, it got too hot.
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#14
tigger
I'm the only one
On the pic showing the foam,it looks like they put the sticker over the screw holding the cooler on,i guess they dont want no one changing the cooler.

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#15
DOM
by: Mussels
might be used for warranty purposes - if the foams melted, it got too hot.
by: tigger
On the pic showing the foam,it looks like they put the sticker over the screw holding the cooler on,i guess they dont want no one changing the cooler.
so they want these to burn and your going to be out 500 buck cuz you cant put on a better cooler :shadedshu
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#16
Munki
*must retain self....will not have a spaz attack...breath breath*

I second whoever said that they wanna see pictures of your workbench. I wanna see it too, I'm unsure whether these are elsewhere or not.
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#17
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Why didn't they just put a back cover over it ??

I really want to see what it looks like inside your case any chance of getting some pic's . W1zzard ?
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#18
Mussels
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by: Munki
*must retain self....will not have a spaz attack...breath breath*

I second whoever said that they wanna see pictures of your workbench. I wanna see it too, I'm unsure whether these are elsewhere or not.
i believe that's his kitchen table.
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#19
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Mussels
i believe that's his kitchen table.
Nice ! That is what I use too! I do it to piss the wife off . :D
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#20
Munki
by: Mussels
i believe that's his kitchen table.
That's one lucky kitchen table :laugh:

thanks.


I wouldn't piss off my wife.....although my mom would get rather upset....LETS DO IT :D
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#21
Mussels
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actually i take that back, might be his kitchen FLOOR - you can see where floor meets wall in the first pic, lol.
Unless its like a bench built into the wall, thats possible too i guess.

anyway, back on topic. burning flaming powerful fermi SLI.
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#22
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Mussels
actually i take that back, might be his kitchen FLOOR - you can see where floor meets wall in the first pic, lol.


anyway, back on topic. burning flaming powerful fermi SLI.
What I want to know is why they just put a ghetto piece of foam ? when they could have used some kind of cool cover .
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#23
u2konline
Cool , enjoy it :)
I would like to see Crysis in game benchmarks no SLI tho.
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#24
OnBoard
Is it just me or do ZOTAC products always look good? Might be that orange/black combination that's hard to go wrong :p
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