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
M.Beier
Sure, 40mm fans can be noisy.

But from the pictures we see, it could just as well be very low restrictive heatsink design with a crazy huge surface area....? ;)
20*4cm^2 to be more exact

Also... IF it was high rpm fans, they would have turned them the other way, to blow air through the card.

Just my 10 cents.

NB: Would really be suprised if it is noisy, I have had 3 SOC cards over the last 2 years, and they have been the most quiet VGA's I've had.... Using the GTX580 SOC daily, this might replace it though.

... Fingers crossed that Gigabyte VGA doesnt read this, but, all the sales and marketing women in that division, look really cute
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#2
NdMk2o1o
So are these sucking away from the card?
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#3
M.Beier
NdMk2o1o said:
So are these sucking away from the card?
From the look on this picture they do.
On the right side, you see SLI connector, and the backside of the fan facing towards the cam.
They are sucking air through the card.
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#4
neliz
M.Beier said:
From the look on this picture they do.
On the right side, you see SLI connector, and the backside of the fan facing towards the cam.
They are sucking air through the card.
http://www.techpowerup.com/img/12-04-20/191a.jpg
How would that work out in a Z77 Sabertooth with thermal armor?
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#5
M.Beier
neliz said:
How would that work out in a Z77 Sabertooth with thermal armor?
I do not have the VGA here, hard to tell, but from another picture, it looks like there are holes (oval) near PCI-e, which also allows air passage, but dont think that is suffecient..


But personally, I'd rather eat a hat of hay, then own a Sabertooth product... They are fugly, and perform nowhere near what I expect from a motherboard... A big bang, G1, Extreme6/9, ROG is more likely to be paired with this beast of a card.
... And I have not had a ROG that didnt break within 6 months, so rule that one out too, I am not a big fan of loosing DIMM or frying CPU...
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#7
Kast
The fans looks like they just it threw together. Kinda like something we would see in the ghetto mods thread.
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#8
Depth
Why not put 5 fans on the opposite side as well? It would go very well in this case:

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#9
dude12564
Kast said:
The fans looks like they just it threw together. Kinda like something we would see in the ghetto mods thread.
Yeah, needs to be straightened.
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#10
mamailo
Unlike previous Nvidia chips; the 680 is not a furnace and the heatspreader fins are huge.Therefore the 5 fans will have a very low RPM making the card among the silents IMO.
And that girl is a beauty; anywhere in the world
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