Nvidia's Fastest GPU Cooled In Total Silence

The Nvidia GTX 680 is a beast of a graphics chomper, delivering some of the fastest speeds you can possibly get from a single processor. But video cards are often loud as hell. Fans! Ugh! Not this one.

It's simple physics: video cards suck down a lot of electricity, create a lot of heat, and need a lot of cooling to prevent them from melting through the bottom of your computer and down to the Earth's core. This usually means at least one whiny fan that can turn your tower into a wind tunnel during gaming marathons -- but not if you're using this GTX 680 from Chinese card maker colourful. Hexus reports the company replaces fans with one hell of a passive cooling setup:

Colorful isn't taking any chances and includes a total of 20 heatpipes (including the six 8mm-thick heatpipes used in the heatsink-connecting bridge) combined with a massive 240 aluminium fins.

That is... gigantic. It'll eat up extra space on your motherboard, meaning you won't be able to plug in as many extra cards as you would otherwise. It could also be heavy to the point of bending the entire motherboard itself, the snapping of which might interrupt the blissful passive-cooled silence. Also, don't overclock this unless you want it to die swiftly.

No word on pricing or availability. [Hexus via The Verge]



    "prevent them from melting through the bottom of your computer and down to the Earth’s core"

    Ha. LOL

      haha...yea, I have to admit I giggled at that.

    I fitted a passive heatsink to my (low-mid range) GPU and although you do need a bit more case airflow, I'm much happier with the hum of 120mm fans than the whine of a GPU HSF.

    I want a fast graphics card but the space requirements are ridiculous. I lost a couple of slots with my current card and had to swap components around to make it fit. I wonder if it would be better to design an external graphics system with low noise/quiet and just plug it into the motherboard. You could free up case design and make them so much smaller too.

    I know where you are coming from. I swear they tried something like this a long time ago, but eventually the idea failed as the AGP (I think?) slots at the could supply greater bandwidth than the external connection. So it would only really work for medium or low end cards.

    Me though, I fill up every slot available with graphics cards, I just like the look of it.

    I don't see anything changing either.

    Shrink the die size, stuff more transistors onto the chip, pump out more power and use the same dual slot cooling configuration to compensate. The chips are only going to become more efficient, but come on, pc users always try to push it to the limit, it is just out nature.

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