Friday, February 6th 2009

Galaxy Non-Reference GeForce GTX260+ Spotted

Pictures of the one of the first indigenously designed PCB for the GeForce GTX 260 by Galaxy has been pictured by Chinese website PCPop.com, that show a distinct blue PCB and cooling system. Galaxy chooses to call this accelerator the GTX 260+, perhaps to indicate that it is the newest version (55nm, 216 SP), which the marking on the GPU validates. The accelerator seems to be exclusive for the Asian market. The PCB uses a five phase power circuit. All the memory chips are on the anterior end of the PCB.

The cooling system of the card consists of heatsinks over key components of the PCB: the NVIO2 processor, the VRM area and the memory chips. The GPU is cooled by a massive cooler that can trick you for a CPU cooler. It seems to span across at least three slots. It consists of a contact block from which four heat pipes emerge, that convey heat to large aluminum fin array that is cooled by what looks like a 120mm LED-lit fan. The accelerator is backed by Galaxy's Magic Panel software that monitors the various parameters of the card and controls them. In the first screen-shot below, the core seems to be set at 750 MHz (core), 1575 MHz (shader) and 1300/2600 DDR MHz (memory), with a certain temperature reading (most likely the core) showing a temperature of 43 °C. The card secured a 3DMark Vantage score of P14480 on a Core i7-based test bench. The card also dealt with an ongoing FurMark session where at the same speeds, it was running at 67 °C, showing the cooling efficiency of this card.


Source: PCPop
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32 Comments on Galaxy Non-Reference GeForce GTX260+ Spotted

#1
OnBoard
That cooler seems to mount on the closer holes, not the real mounting holes of the G200. Not that it matters if it fits, just thinking that something like that would be possible with other coolers not designed for GTX 260, 280 or 285.
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#2
EiSFX
Is it just me or does that cooler look like Low Profile Thermalright XP-120 Heatsink. By looking at the design of the Heatsink it looks like it was made by Thermalright anyways
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#3
Supreme0verlord
I don't know, but that heatsink looks pretty massive. Definitely looks like its supposed to be for a CPU.
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#4
Mega-Japan
I don't care how good that thing performs, that block seems like it would take half of the expansion slots >.>... (about 3 or 4 of the 7)
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
that things just too damned big. takes way too many slots.
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#6
lemonadesoda
Ridiculous cooler. Clearly a "re-purposed" CPU cooler. Too heavy (or at least the moment it too great. Too much weight is hanging off the card a relatively long distance from it). That will cause a strain if not even a visible twist on the card. Not good, PLUS, how many slots soes it take? Every single one in a mATX board/case!(edit, doesnt fit!)

A smarter move would have been to design a three slot back plate. The cooling system then exits air OUT THE BACK using not the usual one slot, but a much wider two slot system. Heat pipes and all.

6 slot monster! LOL. It wouldnt even fit in a mATX system!



Actually, I think this a HOME BREW mod, or just an "april fool" picture, and NOT a card for general release! I think we have been suffering from not being able to read the chinese site! LOL. Look, there arent even any screws mounting this thing. It says on via magic.

hi-res picture here: http://img2.pcpop.com/ArticleImages/0x0/0/972/000972272.jpg
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#7
WOutZoR
That cooler looks wicked!!

Reminds me of my X1900XT + AMD 939 Cooler mod:
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#8
FilipM
They've just put a cpu cooler on a GPU...nice..lol
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#9
legends84
Big Heatsink Coolers.. no space to SLI'd theme
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: lemonadesoda
Actually, I think this a HOME BREW mod, or just an "april fool" picture, and NOT a card for general release! I think we have been suffering from not being able to read the chinese site! LOL. Look, there arent even any screws mounting this thing. It says on via magic.

hi-res picture here: http://img2.pcpop.com/ArticleImages/0x0/0/972/000972272.jpg
Use Google Translate. By the way, "non-public" in the translated article means "unreleased". People usually wouldn't put company stickers on the cooler, assign SKUs and even demonstrate software, they wouldn't specifically design a PCB with 3-pin fan header (look at the PCB), if they were playing jokes on you.



Oh, there's the mounting. You can see bolts, which have threading, and the screws should ideally be on the other side of the PCB, right?
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#11
lemonadesoda
TBH bta, I did not see the bolts. I see holes. On both the PCB and the cooler, waiting for bolts.



However, I guess look at this picture:


means they must be using the INNER hole set. OK stand corrected. I hadnt spotted the PCB was of the swiss cheese variety.

Anyway, never mind the holes, a 6 slot cooler is pushing it a bit on the sensible/practical level? Or is it 6 slot? Could be bigger? Do you have the dimensions?
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#12
Castiel
That cooler is just way to big. Looks like it takes up 3 other slots.
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#13
DaveK
Jeez, it's huge! (That's what she said XD) Though i like it cos it looks kinda home-made if that makes sense, doesn't have a normal style fan and looks like something someone put together with a big ass 3rd party fan.
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#14
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
The cooler is huge, I'm talking original XBox controller huge! If that thing fell of my workbench, it could probably break my dogs back...no need for something that huge and heavy.
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#15
DanishDevil
by: newtekie1
The cooler is huge, I'm talking original XBox controller huge! If that thing fell of my workbench, it could probably break my dogs back...no need for something that huge and heavy.
Aww poor puppy :(

Maybe this PCB design is meant to utilize home-brew type cooling for those that want to do that, with extra mounting holes so most CPU heatsinks fit. That would be interesting.
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#17
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
i like the cpu cooler design reminds me of a radeon 7500 mod i did
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#19
iamverysmart
6 Slots is crazy. IMO it looks like it's only taking up 5 slots from the side pic.
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
by: iamverysmart
6 Slots is crazy. IMO it looks like it's only taking up 5 slots from the side pic.
but then you need a slot spare for air to get into the fan.
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#21
squallho1
Galaxy Representative
For your reference, the card shown is our engineering sample only, in which we're still evaluating the cooling solution. Obviously the cooler size needs to be reduced by a great margin to make it a feasible solution.

Indeed the cooler is made by PCcooler, one of the popular heatsink manufacturers in China, you can view more details here:

http://www.pccooler.cn/Products/HP4-1226/HP4-1226.htm

Our mass production model will use more "generic" heatsink design, more details coming once spec is finalized.
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
by: squallho1
For your reference, the card shown is our engineering sample only, in which we're still evaluating the cooling solution. Obviously the cooler size needs to be reduced by a great margin to make it a feasible solution.

Indeed the cooler is made by PCcooler, one of the popular heatsink manufacturers in China, you can view more details here:

http://www.pccooler.cn/Products/HP4-1226/HP4-1226.htm

Our mass production model will use more "generic" heatsink design, more details coming once specs is finalized.
Thanks for that info, and welcome to techpowerup.
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#23
spearman914
by: iamverysmart
6 Slots is crazy. IMO it looks like it's only taking up 5 slots from the side pic.
HOLY SHIT!!! 6 slots?? That takes up more than 2 x 4870x2.
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#24
squallho1
Galaxy Representative
by: spearman914
HOLY SHIT!!! 6 slots?? That takes up more than 2 x 4870x2.
Just got back from our product design team, the card will take up 4 slots in total.
Actually the cooler was designed to be use as a passive cooler for lower end cards, which it will still take up 3 slots.

In my opinion the cooler needs to be modified to fit in 3 slots (including cooling fan), plus the height has to be reduced to be a true mass production design.
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
by: squallho1
Just got back from our product design team, the card will take up 4 slots in total.
Actually the cooler was designed to be use as a passive cooler for lower end cards, which it will still take up 3 slots.

In my opinion the cooler needs to be modified to fit in 3 slots (including cooling fan), plus the height has to be reduced to be a true mass production design.
it needs to be two slots, with the third slot for air to the fan. Otherwise its not going to fit in many systems.
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