Friday, April 20th 2012

GIGABYTE WindForce 5X Cooling Solution on GTX 680 SOC Pictured - 5 Fan Mayhem

Here are the first pictures of GIGABYTE's new WindForce 5X graphics card cooling solution, which will likely feature on its upcoming GeForce GTX 680 SuperOverclock graphics card. It turns out that the "5X" in its name indeed denotes the presence of five fans. It's the arrangement of the fans that is its defining feature. While most graphics cards have their fan(s) arranged along the plane of the PCB, on the obverse side of the card, the WindForce 5X cooler has five 40 mm fans (the ones usually featured in rack servers) arranged perpendicular to the plane of the PCB, on the top side of the card.

This unique arrangement of fans ensures that hot air from the heatsinks are ventilated in a single direction and not all over the card (like with WindForce 3X), heating other components on the motherboard. The front-side of the card has just a swanky-looking molded brushed aluminum shroud. On the flip-side, the card spans across three expansion slots, and appears to be both taller and longer than reference design. GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 680, featuring this cooling solution, and aggressive clock speeds, will be launched very soon.
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60 Comments on GIGABYTE WindForce 5X Cooling Solution on GTX 680 SOC Pictured - 5 Fan Mayhem

#1
AnnCore
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btarunr said:
Youtube: ucqpfDEOmFM

After 0:17.
That sounds like planes waiting to take off at the airport (relatively speaking).
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#2
ZoneDymo
itt:
Bunch of jelly haters
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#3
xBruce88x
for some reason the date of this announcement, 4/20, seems appropriate for this card.
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#4
THE_EGG
xBruce88x said:
for some reason the date of this announcement, 4/20, seems appropriate for this card.
because when the date is properly displayed at 20/4, it is 20 divide by 4 which = 5 (for number of fans on the card)?
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#6
H82LUZ73
btarunr said:
Youtube: ucqpfDEOmFM

After 0:17.
so were did his wife put that vacuum hose.It sure sounds like one.
leave it to Gigabyte to make a crazy ass wild noisy fan setup for a card.
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#7
Munki
uhm, yeah, that's one less GPU I will be buying.
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#8
HossHuge
I hope they don't start having a "Who can have the most fans" contest like they do with razors.

They have those girls at lots of computer places here in Taiwan. I try to pick them up but then the wife and kids tell me not too.
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#9
No_Asylum
I could probably get over the fan noise if the card performed better than average ... but damn its so UGLY!. It better be well below $500 or they arent selling any.
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#10
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
OH GOD, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE?
*cowers in corner*
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#12
THE_EGG
OneCool said:
:shadedshu
well said.
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#13
zargana
Hmm and interesting cooling solution. I would like to see some db and C numbers before put any comment.

But if those fans works like the server fans, i would suggest Gigabyte to give a "jet fighter game" with "True Sound" effect along the card.
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#14
NdMk2o1o
everyone banging on about the sound, just because they are using 40mm fans typically found in servers doesn't mean they are going to run them at 5k rpm at 150dba they would most likely limit them, seriously thinking they wouldn't is just silly :p
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#15
cadaveca
My name is Dave
I can't say that I am not curious...


I'll take a couple....?
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#16
Athlon2K15
HyperVtX™
im sure there a screws somewhere I can take off and mount some WB?
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#17
p3gaz_001
is a pair of these



included in the bundle?
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#18
Prima.Vera
AnnCore said:
That sounds like planes waiting to take off at the airport (relatively speaking).
What's the point of this video?? The fans similar to the videocard weren't even working!! Check from 0:18.

Trolling much?? :ohwell:
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#19
radrok
Call me crazy but I like it :p
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#20
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Prima.Vera said:
What's the point of this video?? The fans similar to the videocard weren't even working!! Check from 0:18.

Trolling much?? :ohwell:
Yes, yes they were on, there are guides similar to fan blades on those fans.
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#21
xBruce88x
well looking closer at the fans... they seem to resemble a design like this one

Delta AFB0412LB-F00 40mm Case Fan

which has decent noise specs at 18.5dba or so. each with 6.5CFM. If Gigabyte uses a similar fan then the noise won't be so bad, and the total airflow won't be bad either, about 32CFM, but could be a little more depending on what fan they're using. I don't think they're the type used in servers... they don't look that deep and don't look like they have the air flow guides either, so they're a simpler design fan.
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#22
the54thvoid
I can't tell what size the thing is - it looks awful to me.
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#23
illli
so.. this thing looks like it takes up 4 slots =/
this cant be a real product.. can it?
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#24
erixx
Gigabyte reads our forums and reach conclusion that most "diehard" "hardcore" "professional" "gamers" "Fatal1ties" (LOL) use headphones (with additional 200$ headphone amplifiers, OMG!!!) when playing, so noise stopped being an issue for the Chosen Folk!!! Bend and obey the trends!
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#25
lZKoce
What an awesome product this card is :) It makes a mini-ITX MB look insignificant :D. There are some silent 40mm fans from Scythe, so until I actually hear this at 30%-100% speed, I say it's a very cool thingy :)
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