GIGABYTE WindForce 5X Cooling Solution on GTX 680 SOC Pictured - 5 Fan Mayhem

Surely, this card won't get the "silence"-award.

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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Germany Masterchief79 says:

LMAO. :D

Damn look at the third pic, looks really awesome. Also, there is a nice graphics card in it. :P

United States Splave says:

Those fans are sucking correct? (pardon the pun)

TaPaKaH says:

looks like it's going to be very quiet :D

United Kingdom ObscureParadox says:

LOL, looks like something the guys over at Voodoo would have come up with! :P

Sweden Calathea says:

This looks awful. Not the girl though.

Italy Bob80 says:

What a shame... 5 40mm fans....

United States Hondacity says:

a water cooled gpu would have yielded cooler temps. evga +1 gigabutt 0

United States l0ud_sil3nc3 says:

looks like another 3 slot cooler, maybe even bigger, I sense massive fail. . .

K404 says:

Really can't picture this as a good idea. I wouldn't use 5x 40mm fans to cool an 8800GT, let alone a GTX680

Finland Mean Machine says:

I sincerely approve of the idea.

United States sin0822 says:

would be good for SLI Systems which are air cooled. I am also interested in how many slots it takes up.

United States Hondacity says:

just looking at the back bracket, its a 3slot gpu. much like asus dcu2

Belgium Gamer says:

Can it fly?

United States NoGuru says:

Get a remote control and hook some servos to it and fly it around town like a UFO.

United States Movieman says:

The thing looks like I'd have to hire a kid to carry it home from the store!........:-)

United States sin0822 says:

hahah yea like a hovercraft i bet its like a hovercraft lol. Ahh thanks honda, i see the back panel now!

Czech Republic OBR says:

this is april joke? All Giga products from last year are shit ... :(

United States sin0822 says:

well this is a new year. I am not worried about this year myself for them.

Denmark M.Beier says:

sin0822 said: well this is a new year. I am not worried about this year myself for us.

Didnt you start working with them in France? :)

But I certainly dont think every product of last year was crap, far from... From VGA; GTX580 SOC wasnt bad at all, though I couldnt pull off same one as Elmor, I still recall those scores being nuts, even compared to lightning...

Sure P67-UD7 wasnt a great successor of X58A-OC, but it was not supposed to be, someone just seemed to like the colour scheme a little too much...

Gigabyte has made a bug on most motherboards though, but it impacts a very little market... Quite a few PCI-E devices needs to disable SMBus to work, this does not effect graphics cards...

Finland Mean Machine says:

M.Beier said: GTX580 SOC wasnt bad at all,


Except coils cracking and the DC input becoming so hot that the solder actually melted and parts fell off I suppose you're right.

Denmark M.Beier says:

Mean Machine said: Except coils cracking and the DC input becoming so hot that the solder actually melted and parts fell off I suppose you're right.


Can you please back that up?

Finland Mean Machine says:

You can have the whole card if you like.

Denmark M.Beier says:

You have seen the actual card? I am suprised by your choice of words then.... It has 1 coil, in total.... Therefore it would be impressive if coils fell off... Honestly, I think you are talking bullshit...

K404 says:

For me, GTX580 SOC was utterly average. Poor memory IC choice and generally average clocking. Elmor got a GOOD one....who else? (especially people who bought their own from normal shop stock)

Let's open this up.... how many of the SOC cards have been genuinely and consistently good- ranking domination good? Maybe we should also talk about relevant availability. Maybe it's "just" a UK problem, but i've never had the option of buying a top-end SOC card when it was a top-end card.

Finland Mean Machine says:

M.Beier said: You have seen the actual card?
I am suprised by your choice of words then.... It has 1 coil, in total.... Therefore it would be impressive if coils fell off...

Honestly, I think you are talking bullshit...


I bought one, it lasted 30 mins. Even with a 3500rpm 120mm fan blowing right on the VRM. The big coil is there since I've tried to replace the original one that overheat, cracked and literally blew up. Also, I count seven coils on the first picture alone.







The second image shows the fuses on the backside. They're burnt, but they haven't blown. That 0 ohm resistor was one of the components to have its solder melt away, it had moved 5mm or so downwards with the help of gravity.

That's my experience with the 580SOC. But what do I know, I'm just bullshittin'. On the upside it did do 1500MHz. For two minutes.

Canada Vinster says:

that is some crazy stuff... a little off topic. did you volt mod the card or were you just using the software voltage adjustment?

Vin

United States Hondacity says:

the soc had a "special" software ...

Canada Vinster says:

Hondacity said: the soc had a "special" software ...


ah, then I'd call it an odd dud if the issue wasn't wide spread and call in an RMA.

Vin

United States Hondacity says:

the damage is obviously over current. rma will definitely be denied.

Finland Mean Machine says:

I wouldn't have been complaining, but I actually spent money on it. RMA will even more definitely be denied after re-soldering components in attempts to get it back to life again.

Sweden ME4ME says:

VRM on 580 SOC was useless. Really bad design.

Also, check Hwbot rankings in 3d11 with 1x GTX580, and check the amounts of Lightnings and DCII/Matrix. It tells a pretty clear story.

Denmark M.Beier says:

ME4ME said: VRM on 580 SOC was useless. Really bad design.

Also, check Hwbot rankings in 3d11 with 1x GTX580, and check the amounts of Lightnings and DCII/Matrix. It tells a pretty clear story.


DCUII came alot before all the other flagships.. Lightning is GREAT, and best of all, is the software, which works, and the ease of getting the speciel version that does the magic...
For SOC you need to know people, to get the right software - which sucks.

Uno dead card does not really make me agree with the "really bad design" part, but be that as it may.

Finland Mean Machine says:

The DC II wasn't the flagship. The Matrix was. Also, the amount of SOC cards ranked in the top aren't that many... Take a guess why.

Denmark M.Beier says:

Mean Machine said: The DC II wasn't the flagship. The Matrix was. Also, the amount of SOC cards ranked in the top aren't that many... Take a guess why.


You are wrong.
DCUII was the flagship, untill Matrix was launched, which was several months later, and the 'guess' has already been stated... None public available software.... The official software's limitation is a joke.

Finland Mean Machine says:

Well, the Matrix was planned all along. You could also say that the reference 580 was way ahead of everything else as the flagship too...

Denmark M.Beier says:

Mean Machine said: Well, the Matrix was planned all along. You could also say that the reference 580 was way ahead of everything else as the flagship too...


You are catching the drift.
Reference design was flagship prior to custom design.

Flagship is the top model.
DCU II, was only optimized model, for quite long time, hence, every benchmark fanatic went online and ordered tons, to top the competitors :)

Then later came SOC/MATRIX/Lightning, pretty much same time if I am not mistaking, and among those 3, no doubt Lightning was the most popular and most well build product...

Also note that Gigabyte made no OC PR-stunts with SOC (except maybe Elmor, whom is always godlike with hardware), while ASUS got their ROG-boys, so, everything summed down, the ratio of good scores of SOC and MATRIX seems reasonable... From the scores, I do not see MATRIX as the superior product.... But hey, it might be because of my nationality, right? ;-)

K404 says:

Elmor, like every skilled bencher, is only as Godlike as the hardware lets him be. I am NOT knocking him, I have a lot of respect for him, but if you max out a 580 at 1450MHz and give it to Elmor, he is not gonna get 1600MHz out of it.

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