Wednesday, June 20th 2012

Colorful Unveils Fanless GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card

Now see this: a fanless, passive-cooled GeForce GTX 680! Chinese graphics card designer Colorful unveiled the world's first passive-cooled GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, the iGame GTX 680 passive. The card uses a pair of detachable, dense aluminum fin heatsinks, which draw heat from the 3.5 billion transistor GPU using seven heat pipes, and dissipate it using two aluminum fin stacks on either sides of the PCB. The two stacks are joined by six 8 mm-thick heat pipes.

The cooler cumulatively has 20 heat pipes, a surface area of 2 square meters across 280 aluminum fins. The second module is optional, and is only recommended if the operating environment is warm, or if the end user is overclocking. The card is said to use a complex VRM design that draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, though we suspect the idea behind that to be heat spreading. The design guarantees reliable silent operation at reference clock speeds or mild overclocking. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Colorful is still assessing the marketability of the design. Watch this space for more.

Source: Expreview
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54 Comments on Colorful Unveils Fanless GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card

#1
DaJMasta
Hahahahaha, what?!


BEEFCAKE!
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#2
mlee49
neko77025 said:
lol , No SLI, No Physx , NO X-Fi card, No PCI SSD, No Raid Controler ... No room.

I get mad at asus for making 3x slot-ed cards .. who the hell wants this.

I really dont see what the big deal is with quite fans .... I have 2x 6970 MSI Lightnings @ 1000mhz Ea .. both with fan speeds at min of 60% (goes up to 75%) ... i dont here them with my headphones on.
What are you talking about? No SLI? Why not? Do we live in a world where ALL PCIE slots are only 2 spaces away?

The second module is optional homie.

This negates the rest of your No statements.

lol
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#4
lZKoce
Why Y don't sell in Europe? First their mini-ITX low-profile gaming rig. Now this....come on, ship something here :)
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#5
chodaboy19
We need external GPUs, like the Tesla units. ;)
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#6
Hilux SSRG
badtaylorx said:
for the love of GOD Colorful.....

PLEASE BRING YOUR PRODUCTS TO THE STATES!!!!!!!!
Looking at this wonderful product, I wish they would setup a distribution network in the U.S. Does anyone know if they sell through any Canadian retailers?

I can't stop looking at those pics! Sweet design. :rockout:
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#7
[H]@RD5TUFF
That's pretty dammed cool, will this be available in the US?
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#8
Jizzler
theo2021 said:
i find it bad that you actually can't use sli because if you buy the same card you can not fit them both on your pc and there is no point buying it if you want to do sli with another card because the other card will make noise.
You gave up too soon!

Grab some 8mm pipe, make an appropriate sized coil jig, wrap it around jig, install, and the rest is standard WC.

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#9
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
This is completely pointless.
"Let's make a 2-slot card take up five slots so it doesn't need a fan."
I don't care how big the heatsink is, it still needs airflow over it to do its job. Not to mention you've just filled up most of your expansion slots with a cooler that costs a small fortune; say goodbye to SLI and/or expansion cards(RAID, sound, TV tuner, etc). This thing would extend past the bottom of an MATX board...
Idiots.
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#10
pantherx12
Random Murderer said:
This is completely pointless.
"Let's make a 2-slot card take up five slots so it doesn't need a fan."
I don't care how big the heatsink is, it still needs airflow over it to do its job. Not to mention you've just filled up most of your expansion slots with a cooler that costs a small fortune; say goodbye to SLI and/or expansion cards(RAID, sound, TV tuner, etc). This thing would extend past the bottom of an MATX board...
Idiots.
Cases with 200mm fans would love this card.

Would 2x 200mm @70cfm each would pretty much be silent whilst still cooling your gigantic passive heatsinks!

This is for people who want complete silence yet still want have a beast of a system ( but don't trust water cooling)


Plus it looks fucking awesome, I can imagine some really awesome casemods/ like part open bench/part case so the heatsinks are exposed looking all bad ass and such.

Steam punk maybe.
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#11
cadaveca
My name is Dave
The second module is optional, and is only recommended if the operating environment is warm, or if the end user is overclocking
This is like, what, the first ever flagship high-end GPU passively cooled? SILENT high-end gaming?


I'll take 3, please.

Oh wait...these cost how much?


Personally, cards running at 95 C or higher doesn't scare me one bit. All these temperature concerns about keeping things uder 60-70 C...:shadedshu
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#12
HossHuge
Wouldn't it hit your CPU fan?

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#15
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
cadaveca said:
This is like, what, the first ever flagship high-end GPU passively cooled? SILENT high-end gaming?


I'll take 3, please.

Oh wait...these cost how much?


Personally, cards running at 95 C or higher doesn't scare me one bit. All these temperature concerns about keeping things uder 60-70 C...:shadedshu
My point exactly. Silence is great, but not if you're sacrificing cost and to a degree, usable space.
If you're concerned so much about silence but still want a high-end card, just turn down the fan on the stock card! As long as it stays 105C or lower, it's fine! Nowadays these high-end(and even a lot of low-end) cards have throttle points, so if it gets too hot, it'll throttle the speeds and/or voltage to keep temps in check and prevent damage.
I'm with Dave on this one. I keep both of my 7970 fans at 40%. Damn near silent and temps never break 95C, even overclocked to 1150/1800. Not once have I had a thermal shutdown or dealt with throttling, and the loudest fan(s) in my system are the ones on my CPU heatsink(which desperately needs replacing with a water loop anyway).
All this focus on passive setups is ludicrous. It only serves to increase weight, price, and bling factor, NOT functionality.
I'll say it again: IDIOCY.
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#16
Hilux SSRG
Random Murderer said:
My point exactly. Silence is great, but not if you're sacrificing cost and to a degree, usable space.
If you're concerned so much about silence but still want a high-end card, just turn down the fan on the stock card! As long as it stays 105C or lower, it's fine! Nowadays these high-end(and even a lot of low-end) cards have throttle points, so if it gets too hot, it'll throttle the speeds and/or voltage to keep temps in check and prevent damage.
I'm with Dave on this one. I keep both of my 7970 fans at 40%. Damn near silent and temps never break 95C, even overclocked to 1150/1800. Not once have I had a thermal shutdown or dealt with throttling, and the loudest fan(s) in my system are the ones on my CPU heatsink(which desperately needs replacing with a water loop anyway).
All this focus on passive setups is ludicrous. It only serves to increase weight, price, and bling factor, NOT functionality.
I'll say it again: IDIOCY.
Forgetting everything you just said [it has plenty merit] it's still an awesome looking card !! :eek:
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#17
rpsgc
Random Murderer said:
If you're concerned so much about silence but still want a high-end card, just turn down the fan on the stock card!
Except for the part where 90% of all stock coolers are too loud, even at minimum speed. Some of you ought to get your hearing checked if you think those things are truly quiet.

Random Murderer said:
All this focus on passive setups is ludicrous.
And all the focus on EXTREMEZXXX!!!11 OVERCLOCKZINGMAXORZ!! INCREASE VOLTAGE TO 9000+ BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE! isn't?

Perfecting heatsinks benefits us all, down to the average consumer. Just goes to show how short sighted you are.

Random Murderer said:
I'll say it again: IDIOCY.
So everything you don't like is idiotic and stupid? Right.


Here's a brand new concept for you: don't like it? Don't buy it. Or do you go around thread-crapping on everything you don't like?
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#19
D4S4
why do some of you bitch and whine about "5 slots" when it looks like at least one expansion card can fit in the cooler, maybe even 2?

anyhow, i can't wait for a review. this with 2 500rpm 120-140mm fans + a small or prebuilt wc loop for the cpu = heaven for my ears with a shitload of oc performance.
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#20
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
cadaveca said:
This is like, what, the first ever flagship high-end GPU passively cooled? SILENT high-end gaming?


I'll take 3, please.

Oh wait...these cost how much?


Personally, cards running at 95 C or higher doesn't scare me one bit. All these temperature concerns about keeping things uder 60-70 C...:shadedshu
You're entire case will be a single video card. It takes up more room than two dual-slot cards. Thanks but no thanks. I'll waste my money on something more useful, like water cooling. :shadedshu
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#21
Completely Bonkers
This is all wrong. Better to design a heatsink so huge it is actually a PC case. The motherboard and components then "slot in" to the GPU! Massive passive.
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#22
dlpatague
What about this GTX680............90mm fan.......26 heatpipes......yikes







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#23
AlienIsGOD
neko77025 said:
who the hell wants this.
slot size is the new E-Peen meter :D
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#24
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
AlienIsGOD said:
slot size is the new E-Peen meter :D
Slap it in with a 3960x and you'll be topping out that E-Peen meter. :p
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#25
trandy1001
Aquinus said:
The GPU itself my be passively cooled, but it will overheat without any airflow whatsoever. You will still need a fan somewhere on the case to move away stagnant and already heated air. When I think high-end, I don't think passive cooling. :wtf:
I've seen a few higher end fanless computers that get "enough" airflow through convection alone.

It's definitely doable, but it takes much more planning and careful choice of components.
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