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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 dissected, torn open for all to see

by Parm Mann on 24 March 2010, 13:20


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We've already seen benchmarks, pictures and complete specifications, but to NVIDIA's dismay, the GeForce GTX 480 leaks just keep on coming.

Today, Australian technology website Atomic MPC is going a step further by providing a complete GeForce GTX 480 Disassembly Guide.

We're not entirely sure how useful a dissasembly guide is for a card that isn't yet available, and considering NVIDIA's rumoured asking price of around £450, there's a very good chance you won't ever want to rip open your prized possesion.

On the other hand, it does provide a thorough look at NVIDIA's upcoming PCB and the massive GF100 chip. Armed with over three billion transistors, it's said to measure in at around 529mm². Putting that into perspective, AMD's fastest single GPU - the Radeon HD 5870 - has a die size of around 334mm².

It's a beast of a card, and the GPU - along with its array of of memory chips - are kept cool by an intricate heatsink and fan which makes use of five direct-contact heatpipes. It might be a hot summer for any would-be buyers, folks.

Want a closer look? Atomic MPC's breakdown includes 24 close-up images of the GeForce GTX 480 laid bare.

Need a definitive verdict on NVIDIA's latest? Stay tuned for our in-depth review later this week.

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The frame is aluminum too? I guess the melting point of plastic was too low :)
That's part of the heatsink, aluminium tends to conduct heat better than plastic.
anyone bored yet? i swear ati dont make this amount of fuss when they release a card
anyone bored yet? i swear ati dont make this amount of fuss when they release a card

nVidia didn't make this fuss either. Read the article to see who is actually making the fuss :p

I love that frame, nicely engineered.
Yeah, it seems like there have been more articles on the GTX 480 than reviews on the entire 58** range. And we've not even got anything valid and tangible yet.