Tuesday, February 17th 2009

Galaxy Releases GeForce GTX 260+ Non-Reference Card, Changes Cooling Specifications

Galaxy finally pushed its self-designed GeForce GTX 260+ graphics card to retail. The card surfaced earlier this month, in a pre-release appearance with a completely different GPU cooler (read here). The pre-release iteration featured PC-Cooler HP4-1226. As we found out during the course of the discussion, the said cooler was too large to be sold with the card, as it would probably span across four or more expansion slots.

Galaxy made the release-grade card a bit more retail-friendly by using a slightly modified Accelero Twin-Turbo cooler made by Arctic Cooling. The new cooler keeps the footprint of this card within three expansion slots. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ features factory-overclocked parameters, of 625/1350/1050 MHz (core/shader/memory), a 7% overclock over the reference speeds. It uses the 55 nm G200b core, with 216 stream processors and 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. Interestingly, the card bundles Galaxy's Xtreme Tuner overclocking software, as against the Magic Panel software the pre-release iteration was spotted with, by Chinese media.

Source: VR-Zone
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32 Comments on Galaxy Releases GeForce GTX 260+ Non-Reference Card, Changes Cooling Specifications

#1
Selene
I just dont care for cards that dont push the hot air out the back.
It looks nice, probly does cool the GPU and ram well, but all that heat in my case is bad.
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hat
Maximum Overclocker
I always wondered why nobody ever made any aftermarket coolers using the "leaf blower" design, where the cooler blows the hot air out the back instead of just stirring up a bunch of air around the cooler.
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#3
OnBoard
Well they did what I nearly did for my GTX 280, that is to put TwinTurbo on it. Thing is it won't fit without cutting the inner mount holes and mounting it to the near core holes. Would like to see a bigger picture, if they have made a new mount for it or cut the original.
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: hat
I always wondered why nobody ever made any aftermarket coolers using the "leaf blower" design, where the cooler blows the hot air out the back instead of just stirring up a bunch of air around the cooler.
because in a lot of situations, it doesnt work as well. its one of those things thats great in theory, but poor in practice.

A cooler blowing air out the back, only has a small slit to get the air out of - that means you need a high pressure fan to blow the heat out, which also means high noise.

When you use a heatsink with air blowing in every direction, you're giving more places for the heat to radiate to, therefore lower card temperatures.

Who really cares anyway, stock coolers leave the heat inside your case, your CPU and hard drives leave heat inside your case... just get a bloody case fan, problem solved. If i can get an 8800GTX to run in a mATX case with no heat issues and no rear exhaust fan, anyone can get one of these cards working in a regular case.
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by: hat
I always wondered why nobody ever made any aftermarket coolers using the "leaf blower" design, where the cooler blows the hot air out the back instead of just stirring up a bunch of air around the cooler.
Akasa vortexx NEO ;)
#6
alexp999
Staff
I get the feeling this could be fake. The accelero Twin Turbo doesnt fit the GTX 260. Thats why Im waiting for the Accelero GTX 280, which is due out in march, thats designed to fit GT200 models.
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Mussels
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by: alexp999
I get the feeling this could be fake. The accelero Twin Turbo doesnt fit the GTX 260. Thats why Im waiting for the Accelero GTX 280, which is due out in march, thats designed to fit GT200 models.
they do say its modified.
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#8
lemonadesoda
by: Mussels
because in a lot of situations, it doesnt work as well. its one of those things thats great in theory, but poor in practice.

A cooler blowing air out the back, only has a small slit to get the air out of - that means you need a high pressure fan to blow the heat out, which also means high noise.
Your comment is true for a single slot leaf blower. However, most aftermarket coolers for enthusiasts are now 2 slot (3 slots in total incl. the GPU card). With a wider exhaust channel, there is no reason not to do a leaf blower except for one thing: A leaf blower has to force the air round a 90° degree corner and in ONE direction only (out). That means there is a lot of spill or blocked airflow in the other direction. This is inefficient. But you could combine BOTH effects. An exit blower with some residual spill. Best of both worlds.
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btarunr
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by: alexp999
I get the feeling this could be fake. The accelero Twin Turbo doesnt fit the GTX 260. Thats why Im waiting for the Accelero GTX 280, which is due out in march, thats designed to fit GT200 models.
That one has a modified RM, and you can see galaxy stickers on it.
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alexp999
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by: btarunr
That one has a modified RM, and you can see galaxy stickers on it.
But they would have to do some serious modding. Like completly redo mounting holes. Just seems a bit extreme if you ask me. Usually MF's just slap some stickers on the cooler.
i would have thought with the release fo the official GT200 supporting cooler from AC out soon they would have waited.

That and the official cooler from AC should perform MUCH better.
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
for all we know, this is a leak of the new official cooler.
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#13
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: hat
I always wondered why nobody ever made any aftermarket coolers using the "leaf blower" design, where the cooler blows the hot air out the back instead of just stirring up a bunch of air around the cooler.
Yeah but then you could add some high cfm fans sucking air out.
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btarunr
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by: alexp999
But they would have to do some serious modding.
They modded out a PCB for themselves, an RM can be worked out. The picture is authentic.
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alexp999
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by: btarunr
They modded out a PCB for themselves, an RM can be worked out.
So why didnt Nvidia make the GT200 PCB have the same mounting holes as previous cards? If Galaxy has been able to do so?

Either Galaxy have made their own mounting system (unlikely)

Or They changed the mounting holes on the PCB (surely the chip is too big?)

So technically, its not a custom cooler, but just a more cutomized PCB.

Just a guess anyway.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: alexp999
So why didnt Nvidia make the GT200 PCB have the same mounting holes as previous cards? f Galaxy has been able to do so?

Either Galaxy have made their own mounting system (unlikely)

Or They changed the mounting holes on the PCB (surely the chip is too big?)

So technically, its not a custom cooler, but just a mroe cutomized PCB.

Just a guess anyway.
If you can see the cooler on the card, issued by Galaxy, published by VR-Zone, you can conclude that's an authentic picture. You can see the modified RM on the card. Case closed.
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alexp999
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by: btarunr
If you can see the cooler on the card, issued by Galaxy, published by VR-Zone, you can conclude that's an authentic picture. You can see the modified RM on the card. Case closed.
I'm not doubting it. Just trying to work out how they did it.
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#20
Mussels
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by: alexp999
I'm not doubting it. Just trying to work out how they did it.
by using a team of talented engineers with only the finest equipment and research behind them.

(Two bored guys with a tape measure and a screwdriver)
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alexp999
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by: Mussels
by using a team of talented engineers with only the finest equipment and research behind them.

(Two bored guys with a tape measure and a screwdriver)
Lol. Just baffling me a bit as to why NVIDIA moved the mounting holes in the first place if it wasnt really necessary. :confused:
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by: alexp999
I'm not doubting it. Just trying to work out how they did it.
same - ignore btar, he just likes closure on everything.

Im assuming they just made a larger contact plate and spaced the screw mounts further apart. Like 1 day bodge it job.
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alexp999
Staff
by: kyle2020
same - ignore btar, he just likes closure on everything.

Im assuming they just made a larger contact plate and spaced the screw mounts further apart. Like 1 day bodge it job.
lol, bodge. Cant see that they would remake the mounting system. I would have thought it would be simpler to move the holes if its a custom PCB. But then surely the hole spacing for the reference PCB was done for a reason.

My initial reaction was that it had been photoshopped cus that cooler isnt designed to fit on GT200 PCB's. I'm probably wrong. But like I said previously, surely it was a waste of NVIDIA's time changing the hole spacing from the previous generation. Ah well, guess we will have to wait and see until someone gets a hold of this card.
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by: alexp999
lol, bodge. Cant see that they would remake the mounting system. I would have thought it would be simpler to move the holes if its a custom PCB. But then surely the hole spacing for the reference PCB was done for a reason.

My initial reaction was that it had been photoshopped cus that cooler isnt designed to fit on GT200 PCB's. I'm probably wrong. But like I said previously, surely it was a waste of NVIDIA's time changing the hole spacing from the previous generation. Ah well, guess we will have to wait and see until someone gets a hold of this card.
I feel your frustration - we have to hold on until march haha. Its killing me :banghead:
#25
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Accelero GTX will ship from March 16, says a store.
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