Tuesday, March 27th 2012

First Single-Slot, Air-Cooled GeForce GTX 680 Taking Shape

Single-slot advocates [in Asia, and select markets], your prayers are answered. Galaxy is working on a single-slot, air-cooled GeForce GTX 680. With a name that translates to "GeForce GTX 680 Warriors' Edition", Galaxy's card takes advantage of the fact that since very compact GK104 PCBs can be made, if dual-slot coolers are used, and since the TDP of the chip is a manageable 195W, the equation can be turned around to make long single-slot graphics cards.

Pictured below is the graphics card, with its [apparently] long cooler that protrudes beyond the length of the PCB. The cooler follows the same design principle at work in coolers of GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 4850, that of a compact lateral-flow fan guiding air through a dense network of copper channels, where heat is dissipated to the air. These copper channels draw heat from a copper plate (probably vapor-chamber, in Galaxy's case), which makes contact with all hot components on the PCB, including the GPU, memory chips, and VRM. Hot air is guided out, from the top of the card. There is no further information about this card.

Sources: Alex Lam (Weibo page), Expreview
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47 Comments on First Single-Slot, Air-Cooled GeForce GTX 680 Taking Shape

#1
Crap Daddy
by: theJesus
Two words: "loud" and "hot"
But slim.
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#3
theJesus
by: theJesus
Two words: "loud" and "hot"
by: Crap Daddy
But slim.
Just how I like my women: loud, hot, 'n' slim
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#4
SetsunaFZero
by: lZKoce
I guess I don't value "the golden path" it's either have to be enourmous, or ultra slim, 3 or 1 slot :D. Dual slot is too boring :D
fixed. Dual slot is too mainstream.
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#5
eidairaman1
by: theJesus
Just how I like my women: loud, hot, 'n' slim
Women- Loud, Hot, Curvy
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#6
mlee49
Dont hold your breath, they said this about a 470 when they were released.

Guess what though, it never happened.

Galaxy needs to follow through and stop putting out "idea" cards.
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#7
[H]@RD5TUFF
Very cool, I wonder what temps will be like.
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#8
eidairaman1
enough to make you want a dual slot cooler again
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#9
Solid State
I guess it gives you room for a PCIe disk controller or sound card in a micro-itx motherboard slot normally covered by the GPU cooler. The fan won't have another card blocking it. You'd probably get best use out of this single slot card with one of the cases where there are two drive cages and you can remove the one on the bottom.
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#10
theJesus
by: eidairaman1
Women- Loud, Hot, Curvy
Curvy and slim don't have to be exclusive from each other ;) That goes for coolers too :laugh:
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#11
KainXS
I wonder what the heatsink looks like =O
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#12
theJesus
Probably just a thin slab of aluminum with tightly-packed fins going long-ways and a bit of copper where the GPU is. iirc from my old 8800gt, that's what it was like on there
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#14
THE_EGG
i just realised, what is the pci-e power connector arrangements going to be like considering the reference one has the stack of 2X 6 pins.
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#15
Prima.Vera
by: theJesus
Two words: "loud" and "hot"
4 words: How do you know??? :shadedshu
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#16
Munki
sweet jesus...maybe I need to start planning to cut out the whole front of my case..
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#17
DarkOCean
by: THE_EGG
i just realised, what is the pci-e power connector arrangements going to be like considering the reference one has the stack of 2X 6 pins.
The old way.
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#18
Delta6326
The biggest problem with this GPU is that in most cases that you need a single slot GPU they are very short and this thing will go to far in
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#19
theJesus
by: Prima.Vera
4 words: How do you know??? :shadedshu
Personal experience from having owned a stock 8800GT with that style of cooler. And I'm pretty sure this GPU produces a lot more heat.

Feel free to prove me wrong though (idle clocks don't count).
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#20
Solid State
Maybe if your case has a front fan the end of the card will get cool air right from the source. :-p
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#21
xBruce88x
heh... reminds me of my 8800GT humming away in my case right now.
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