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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134 Comments on My production Fermi arrived!

#1
KainXS
I wonder what the power consumption will be, probably about 580 under max stress for both?
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#2
W1zzard
blkhogan said:
So, when does your home version "nuke power plant" show up to power it? W1zz will soon be adding to the global warming problem. Bad W1zz. Killing kittens and puppies to run his new fermi. :shadedshu :laugh:
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#3
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
LOL .. we had snow yesterday and a hard frost this morning.
Can you point that thing toward WI ?
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#4
OUTSIDE
My GTX480, at desktop... 54ºC-59ºC

After 3 minutes of 3DMark Vantage... 75ºC

Tomorrow... more ;)

ByE!
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#5
Champ
[I.R.A]_FBi said:
skeet skeet!
x2
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#6
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Foam? That seems kinda ghetto. I mean it will work fine but......foam? That looks like some kinda half ass mod I would do.

@W1zz: You said the new card you have is a different bios than the press release? Are the temps any better with this new bios?
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#7
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Yeah why not just a piece of electrical tape ? would have done job just as well . LOL it looks so ghetto LOL !
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Black Panther
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OUTSIDE said:
My GTX480, at desktop... 54ºC-59ºC

After 3 minutes of 3DMark Vantage... 75ºC

Tomorrow... more ;)

ByE!
I must say those are good temps.
:toast:
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#9
Kantastic
W1zzard said:
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.
Finally, something done right with this crap card.
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#10
TheMailMan78
Big Member
I would have used rubber or something. That would be much better IMO. Foam just seems like "Man we built a badass video card that can run SLI and........DAMN IT if they touch they will fry! Quick cut off a piece of packing foam and give me some Elmer's glue. We got work to do!".

This would also explain why Fermi was 6 months late.
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#11
EastCoasthandle
I think the user OUTSIDE's PC Case allows him to draw air for the video card outside of the case. Not bad.
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#12
W1zzard
for the record, i think the foam is a good idea that is cheap to add and easy to put on the cards
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
W1zzard said:
for the record, i think the foam is a good idea that is cheap to add and easy to put on the cards
Thats really my only gripe about it. The damn thing looks cheap with it. Other than that its a great idea.
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#14
imperialreign
TheMailMan78 said:
Thats really my only gripe about it. The damn thing looks cheap with it. Other than that its a great idea.
Yeah, if someone hadn't mentioned it, I would've assumed it was packing foam that somehow stuck to the card . . .


So, is the PSU squealing for mercy yet? :p
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#16
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
W1zzard said:
for the record, i think the foam is a good idea that is cheap to add and easy to put on the cards
I just wonder if the spacing problem could have been solved in a more professional way, perhaps? That foam looks like it is likely to degrade and fall off / break apart with time, especially with the high temperature it's gonna be exposed to all the time.

Perhaps a built-in spacer made of teflon or something would have been better? I mean the card costs enough to buy, so surely spending a tiny bit more to make it would be reasonable?
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#17
AKlass
W1zzard said:
for the record, i think the foam is a good idea that is cheap to add and easy to put on the cards
I would feel somewhat bothered that a cheap piece of foam is all that is stopping your expensive card for shorting out
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#18
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
AKlass said:
I would feel somewhat bothered that a cheap piece of foam is all that is stopping your expensive card for shorting out
:eek:
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#19
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
AKlass said:
I would feel somewhat bothered that a cheap piece of foam is all that is stopping your expensive card for shorting out
I dont see how it would anyway. If you use an SLI cable it will force you to space your cards anyway. So I dont think it really matters if you have it in a little crooked. The second you add a second cards It will be spaced
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#20
REVHEAD
W1zzard said:
for the record, i think the foam is a good idea that is cheap to add and easy to put on the cards
I think a metal backplane like ATIs would do a better job, and act as a kinda heatsink, but I guess Nvidia want to ramp up profit margins and charge a bomb for there GPU and not force parters into extra costs on referance desighn's.
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#22
SteelSix
W1zzard said:
lol can you say epic fail .. i ran single card all day .. for some reason sli was not enabled in the nvidia control panel t.t
Oops!
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#23
overclocking101
nice w1zz! some are saying the retail cards run a hair cooler than review samples and they supposedly OC better. can you confirm or deny this w1ZZ??
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#25
Zubasa
TheMailMan78 said:
Thats really my only gripe about it. The damn thing looks cheap with it. Other than that its a great idea.
Exactly, if they want us to pay the big bucks for that card, at lease make it looks high quality.
I just hate it when the Fermi looks so half-assed in terms of cooling. :shadedshu
Everything on that card have a "last minute solution" feeling to it....
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