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MSI Shows off N480GTX Graphics Card

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#26
The HSF assembly is kinf of funny. It's nice that NV appears to be sticking ith the 'heat exhausting' design, even though in some examples it doesn't matter much (5770 v1 vs v2) but at the same time 2/3 of the card is a metal plate that is the top of the heatsink itself which naturally means there will be some heat dumped in to the case.
 
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I really love the modular heatsink design but the card having a fan that uses 22 watts under full load,= im not gonna use that fan if i get the card, im just gonna get a 8800GTX waterblock and use that with it, with the heatsink removed and th frame stilll there.
 

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I have noticed that have very crappy heat transfer less paste is better but this, isn't plat surface the best, well this looks like molded concrete to me.

Sorry but on long term this card will burn out...
Every GT200 had that much paste on it, nothing new and they won't burn out :) But you can of course re-apply your own favorite paste with a thinner layer if it bothers.
 
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I'm quite pleased that the memory chips are on one side only. I've been annoyed by the dual GPU cards which have to layout chips on each side of the PCB.

At first I thought 1.5gb memory was kinda crap, but seeing how it's a single GPU system that's actually pretty awesome.
 

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Ok, but those pipelines should be inside alu metal then you can have perfect heat transfer from flat surface...that paste actually shows what is touched directly to GPU less than 30% the rest is just double paste on it.

Something like this http://www.quietpcusa.com/images/products/noctua-nh-d14-3.jpg
It's flat even without a copper base (nickel coated on that Noctua). And dry paste is a bit different than when it's in use and warm. It will go more liquid and have better contact. The actual core under the IHS is just 3 pipes wide, best contact is there where it matters.

But agree you on that less would do the job and better. I'd still rather take too much paste than not enough. I've lifted up a few southbridge sinks on motherboards only to found out that these is paste just on half of the chip.